Company Name:

UC Davis

Location:

Davis, California

Approximate Salary:

$72,000 Per Year

Job Category:

Technicians

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

November 30, 2018

PLANT PATHOGEN DISCOVERY AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT

The UC Davis Vegetable and Field Crop Pathology program in the Plant Pathology department provides pathology support to over 25 farm advisors and 35 crops across California. Responsibilities of this position include diagnosing crop diseases of unknown etiology, characterizing new diseases discovered through diagnosis efforts, conducting surveys for new diseases, developing new diagnostics tools and detection methods for priority diseases, assisting with industry collaborations to screen cultivars for disease resistance, and running the Fusarium wilt race 4 monitoring program for tomato. Managerial responsibilities include serving as the primary technical manager of the diagnostics clinic and the lab safety coordinator, coordinating lab activities, on-boarding and training new lab members, overseeing research greenhouse maintenance, maintaining lab databases and culture collection, and assisting with field trials. Additional responsibilities include assisting in coordinating field days, conferences and workshops put on by the PI, preparation of newsletter articles and reports, and contribution to grant proposals. This position involves active participation in regular lab meetings and there is will be many opportunities to give oral and poster presentations at field days, stakeholder and scientific meetings, and contribute to scientific publications. 

Final Filing Date: 12-19-2018  


Physical Demands:

Perform repetitive and physically demanding tasks.

Drive long distances to various areas of the state. Must have valid drivers license and be an experienced and capable long distance driver.

Work flexible schedule, including early mornings, evenings and weekends to meet research needs and fulfill diagnostics obligations.

Must be able to lift heavy items (>25lbs).

Field work requires in-field collection of data at harvest, & lab analyses of fungal propagule loads in soils & colonization in plant tissue.


Work Environment:

Work under variable uncomfortable conditions including extreme heat and rain.

Work long hours in the field and greenhouse.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Minimum Qualifications: MS in plant pathology or related field, with a focus on fungal plant pathogens, or equivalent experience/training.

Skills to maintain a fungal culture collection.

Experience conducting an independent research project.

Strong time management and multitasking skills.

Experience with staff management and delegation.

Knowledge of methods in plant disease diagnosis.

Experience working in the field.

Experience in plant propagation and maintenance.

Knowledge of experimental design and basic statistical analysis.

Experienced in basic molecular methods as is relevant to the identification of fungal species and strains(DNA extraction, PCR, sequence preparation, BLAST-search analysis).

Experience with computer packages for data storage and analysis, word processing and Excel spreadsheet management.

Experience in using power-point to prepare presentations and posters.

Experience with public speaking and willingness to speak in public.

Experience with scientific writing.

Mature and effective interpersonal skills.
 


Preferred Qualifications: Experience identifying symptoms of plant diseases, methods for inoculation and isolation of plant pathogenic fungi, methods for quantifying disease development, and methods for identifying fungi to the genus level based on morphology using standard keys.

Experience with QPCR.

Experience with basic bioinformatics methods including use of sequence editing software (Genius, CLC, chromas, Mega or similar) and use of BLAST databases.

Primer/probe design and phylogenetic analysis experience is desirable but not required.

Experience designing field experiments and knowledge of how to conduct field plantings, evaluations and harvests.

Experience of in-field disease diagnosis; how to interpret the significance of in field distribution patterns over space and time.

Comfortable with public speaking.

Experience working with extension professionals and growers.

Strong writing skills; demonstrated capacity in writing scientific and/or outreach publications as the lead author.

Comfortable with conducting basic statistical analyses (ANOVA, means comparisons) using statistics software (eg. R, SAS, JPM, or other).

Strong skill set in working with research collaborators.
 

To apply to this position through UC Davis go to: www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=81128  

Due Dec 19 2018
Additional questions can be directed to Cassandra Swett at clswett@ucdavis.edu


Company Name:

UC Davis

Location:

Davis, California

Approximate Salary:

$72,000 Per Year

Job Category:

Technicians

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

November 30, 2018

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