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Postdoctoral Position in Neuroscience to Work on Mouse Models of the Fragile X premutation and FXTAS
Location: School of Medicine, Center for Neuroscience
A postdoctoral position is available to carry out research under the direction of Robert F. Berman on an NIH funded study of the fragile X premutation and Fragile X associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) using mouse models of these disorders. FXTAS is a genetic disorder resulting from a CGG trinucleotide repeat expansion on the FMR1 gene, and the Berman laboratory is characterizing the disorder and testing new treatment strategies in both knock-in and inducible mouse models.
Applicant should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, behavioral genetics, psychology or related discipline. Experience working with mouse models of neurological disorders, neurohistology, and/or experimental analysis of behavior is desirable. The laboratory is closely aligned with the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and the M.I.N.D. Institute, and offers a collegial, interactive and exciting research environment. The position is available immediately for one year starting September, 2013, with additional years of support available depending on performance and productivity.
To apply for this position, please e-mail your CV and the names of three references to Professor Robert F. Berman.
Postdoctoral Position in Biophotonics and Microfluidics
Location: National Science Foundation Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology
A postdoctoral research position in the area of nonlinear optical microscopy and microfluidic systems is available at the NSF Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology at UC Davis. The project will involve the development of novel nonlinear optical techniques and integration with microfluidic systems for analyzing single cells.
Qualified applicants should have demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: biophotonics (nonlinear optics), microfluidics, and stem cells. Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in engineering, physics, optics, chemistry or a related field. Experience and knowledge in optics, optical instrument development, microfluidic design and fabrication, stem cells, and computer programming (e.g. LabView) are highly desired.
To apply for the position, please e-mail a letter of interest, CV, and the names of three references to Professor James Chan.
Postdoctoral Position in Wildlife and Produce Food Safety
Location: School of Veterinary Medicine, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
A postdoctoral researcher is sought to work under the direction of Michele Jay-Russell in the Western Center for Food Safety to study the role of wildlife and livestock in the dissemination of foodborne pathogens (Salmonella, shiga toxin-producing E. coli) in and around vegetable fields. The project is in collaboration with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, USDA Wildlife Services, and private produce/livestock industry collaborators. See the project description.
A Ph.D. in ecology, epidemiology, or relevant field and experience trapping and sampling wild birds and mammals are required. Experience with radio telemetry to monitor bird movement is desirable. Knowledge of disease ecology in wildlife populations is required. Ability to analyze and synthesize ecological and microbiological data is required. The selected candidate must be able to manage confidential databases, work independently, complete grant progress reports on time, and have excellent interpersonal skills. The position involves regular travel and overnight trips in southern California and Arizona. The position is available immediately with funding for two years contingent on performance.
To apply, please e-mail a letter of interest, CV, and three professional references (name, e-mail, address, phone number) to Dr. Michele Jay-Russell.
Postdoctoral Position to Study Prostate Cancer
Location: Department of Urology and Cancer Center
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Allen Gao to study signaling transduction and molecular targeting in prostate cancer. This position will use molecular biology techniques and animal work to investigate the roles of intracellular signaling, microRNAs, and transcription factors in prostate cancer progression and drug resistance.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology or a closely related field, possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and have a demonstrated competence in scientific publication.
E-mail a cover letter outlining scientific interests, a CV that highlights your experience, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Allen Gao.
Postdoctoral Position in Wildlife Genetics
Location: School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health and Reproduction
The Ernest Lab (Wildlife Genetics & Genomics) in the School of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on genetics of select wildlife species. Projects involve several species. The selected candidate will use methods SNPs, microsatellites, mitochondrial DNA sequencing, and/or next-generation sequencing to develop molecular markers and characterize genetic diversity.
A Ph.D. in genetics, biology, ecology or related field and involving genetics is required. Strong laboratory and data analysis experience in molecular population genetics is required. Experience with next generation sequencing and data analysis (massively parallel, Illumina-type sequencing) and R is desirable and bioinformatics programming is a plus. Self-initiative and work independently to complete project tasks are required, as are good interpersonal skills to contribute effectively as a member of research team. Excellent verbal, written communication skills and professionalism are required. This laboratory-based position is available immediately for one year with the possibility of renewal contingent on performance and acquisition of funding (grant-writing required).
To apply for the position, please e-mail a letter of introduction stating why you are suitable for the position, CV, and the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three Ph.D.-level genetics/genomics scientists/professors who can provide references to Dr. Holly Ernest.
Postdoctoral Position Investigating Retinal Circuits in Health and Disease
Location: Photoreceptor Lab, Tupper Hall
Two postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratories of Professors Marie Burns and Edward Pugh. The Burns Lab studies signal transduction and synaptic transmission in the retina, in particular the physiology and cell biology of rods and the rod pathway. The Pugh Lab studies cone physiology, cone opsin biosynthesis and trafficking, and in vivo imaging of retinal function. They are looking for highly committed individuals with retinal physiology or imaging experience to participate in our investigations of retinal circuits in health and disease. Experimental approaches will include single cell recordings, 2-photon microscopy and adaptive optics imaging in vivo.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in neurobiology or related area and a strong publication record. Experience in live cell imaging, electrophysiology, or computational modeling is desirable.
To apply for the position, please e-mail your CV and the names of three references to Professor Marie Burns.
Postdoctoral Position in Pathogenomics of Fungal Grape Diseases
Location: Department of Viticulture and Enology
The Cantu Lab in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work on comparative pathogenomics of fungal diseases of grapevines. The selected candidate will use next-generation sequencing to characterize the genomes and transcriptomes of a variety of fungi that cause economically important diseases in grapevines. The project will include the study of genetic diversity across multiple isolates, the implementation of comparative genomics approaches to identify pathogenicity factors, and the analysis of plant responses to infection.
They are looking for candidates with demonstrated experience in genomics or molecular plant-microbe interaction studies. Prior experience with next generation sequencing data analysis and bioinformatics programming is desirable. Knowledge of Perl/Python, R is a plus, but a strong willingness to learn is required. The position is initially for one year, but support is available for additional years depending on the candidate’s performance and productivity.
To apply for the position, please e-mail a letter of introduction stating why you are suitable for the position, as well as the names of two scientists that can provide references to Dr. Dario Cantu.
Postdoctoral Position in Geographical Information Systems and Modeling for Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Project
Location: UC Davis Energy Institute
The research team, under the direction of Professor Bryan Jenkins, is investigating the production and use of advanced biofuels in the Pacific Northwest. This effort is part of a large multi-campus USDA funded pilot project on growing poplar trees and converting them into liquid fuel for transportation. This specific position requires expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) analysis along with other systems modeling skills to support the broader development of an integrated modeling and analysis package for biorefinery optimization and sustainability assessment.
Applicant must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field with demonstrated experience and good expertise in the use of ArcGIS software for geospatial analysis. Experience with other modeling tools including GAMS, Aspen +, Matlab, and similar is preferred. Programming experience in R or Python and relational databases would be very desirable. A background in operations research is desirable. Abilities to take initiative and work independently in completion of project tasks are required as are good interpersonal skills to contribute effectively as a member of a research team. Good verbal and written communication skills are required. This position is available immediately for one year with the possibility of renewal based on performance and continued sponsor support.
To apply for this position, please e-mail statement of interest, CV and contact information for three references to Ken Krich.
Postdoctoral Position in the Area of Global Biogeochemical Cycling
Location: Global Ecology and Biogeochemistry Lab
The Global Ecology and Biogeochemistry Lab has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral scholar in the area of Global Biogeochemical Cycling.
The research project seeks to understand the role of terrestrial nutrient cycles in affecting atmospheric CO2 levels and other global environmental changes (both natural and anthropogenic). A large body of experimental work has indicated that nutrients limit CO2 uptake and storage on land; yet, at the global scale, our understanding of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus interactions remains uncertain. The goal of the research is to combine models, data syntheses, and isotopic techniques to examine coupled nutrient cycles across ecosystems and at the biosphere scale. Available funding (from NSF) is for two years, with the possibility of extension.
Qualifications include a Ph.D. in some aspect of the Earth System Sciences (e.g., biogeochemistry, geophysics, ecology, etc.); research experience with global numerical modeling, nutrient cycles, and stable isotope biogeochemistry is strongly desired. Candidates with programming – C, C++, Fortran, GIS – experienced applicants are especially encouraged to apply.
Salary begins at $39,264 and can be higher for applicants with at least one-year postdoctoral experience. Applications received by March 10, 2013 will be given full consideration. Later applications may be considered.
To apply for the position, please send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references via e-mail to email@example.com or mail to:
Benjamin Z. Houlton
Associate Professor of Global Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Postdoctoral Position in Current and Future Extreme Temperature Events
Location: Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
A postdoctoral scholar position is available in simulation of climate extremes in temperature that affect California. The position resides in the research program of Prof. Richard Grotjahn in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. The successful applicant will work closely with Prof. Grotjahn and his graduate students on projects related to the simulation, synoptics, and dynamics of the large scale flow associated with extreme events in temperature that affect California. This project combines expertise in atmospheric dynamics and synoptics, extreme value statistics, and climate modeling.
A Ph.D. in an atmospheric or closely related science is required. Experience in FORTRAN programming is strongly preferred, though excellent knowledge of C++ should allow you to transition easily to FORTRAN programming. Knowledge of atmospheric dynamics and atmospheric modeling are strongly preferred. Good written and verbal communication skills are preferred. Also desired, but not required is experience with NCL, working with large datasets, and/or expertise in extreme value statistics.
The initial appointment is for one year, with funding available for up to three years. Salary depends upon postdoc's level of experience and is competitive with a range of $44,340 to $49,884. The position includes vacation with supervisory approval and health care benefits (which includes family coverage). The position is covered by a collective bargaining unit.
Please e-mail complete application packet no later than February 14, 2013 to Prof. Grotjahn and include:
- A cover letter outlining interests and how they relate to this project. Include paragraphs that highlight your experience and your expertise in dynamics, synoptics, global modeling, statistics, and computer programming.
- Your CV should include your contact information, educational experience and degrees, lists of publications and presentations, and any other academic information (e.g. TA experience) you feel is relevant. Publication lists with active links to online papers are preferred.
- Names and contact information for three references. Information should include postal mail address, telephone number(s), and e-mail addresses.
- Transcripts of your graduate education. Preferred, but not required are transcripts of undergraduate education (such transcripts are especially useful if your computer programming or meteorology coursework was mainly as an undergraduate).
Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering
Location: Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Zhiliang (Julia) Fan's laboratory at the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
Candidates must have a PhD. in molecular biology, microbiology or biochemical engineering. Applicants are required to have hands-on experience with molecular genetics, good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment. Candidates will have opportunities to work in exciting projects on metabolic engineering for biofuels production. Those who have experience with fungal genetics will be given priority for consideration.
Interested candidates are encouraged to e-mail their CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Zhiliang Fan.
Last Updated: May 16, 2013