UCDavis announces two postdoc positions

The Zalom lab at University of California Davis is searching for candidates to fill two Job OpportunityPostdoctoral positions; “Epidemiology and Management of Grapevine Red Blotch-associated Virus” and “Spotted Wing Drosophila Population Biology and Management”.

Post Doctoral Scholar Opportunity
University of California, Davis

Epidemiology and Management of Insect-Vectored Viruses

Post-doctoral fellowship to study the epidemiology of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus and biology and management of its vector in the laboratories of Dr. Frank Zalom, Distinguished Professor and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, and Dr. Mysore Sudarshana, Research Biologist, USDA-ARS, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

A post-doctoral position is currently available for one year to study the epidemiology of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV) in California.  Further extension is dependent on availability of funds and satisfactory progress.  Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV) is a newly identified DNA virus, tentatively classified in the family Geminiviridae, that is believed to be widely prevalent in California vineyards.  The main thrust of this project is to study how this virus spreads in California vineyards. The candidate is expected to be skilled in molecular detection techniques and capable of working independently.

Successful candidate is expected to hold a recent (received within the last three years) Ph.D. in Entomology or Plant Pathology with research experience on the biology of insect vectors of plant viruses.  Ability to plan and execute hypothesis driven research projects that lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals is a must. Research experience on virus-vector interaction is highly desirable.  Excellent oral and written communications in English are required.  The incumbent is expected to obtain a California driver license to visit vineyards for field studies throughout California.  Interested candidates should send resume, names and contact information of three references to fgzalom@ucdavis.edu or mysore.sudarshana@ars.usda.gov.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  The position carries standard benefits, including healthcare, applicable to these positions at the University of California, Davis. University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date: This position is available and will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Organization Type: Academic

Location: Davis, CA, USA

Post Doctoral Scholar Opportunity
University of California, Davis

Spotted Wing Drosophila Population Biology and Management

Post-doctoral fellowship to study the biology of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) populations in California’s agricultural landscapes, and to conduct research on novel management methods. This work will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Frank Zalom, Distinguished Professor and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

A post-doctoral position is currently available for a minimum of one year to study spotted wing drosophila (SWD) population biology and management in California.  Further extension is dependent on continued availability of funds and satisfactory progress.  SWD was first found in the Monterey Bay area of California, and the Zalom lab at UC Davis conducted the initial studies of its biology.  It has subsequently become widespread throughout North America and Canada, and is a major pest of berry and cherry crops. One main goal of this project is to study SWD populations in the Monterey Bay area where it is a major pest of berry crops and in the northern San Joaquin Valley where if is a major pest of sweet cherries to better define aspects of it biology such as movement between crop and non-crop hosts and overwintering. This research will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Joanna Chiu and focused on establishing amount of genetic variability between local populations. Another goal is to conduct field studies of novel methods of SWD control.

Successful candidate is expected to hold a recent (received within the last three years) Ph.D. in Entomology from a U.S. university with field research experience and an interest in working in a diverse agricultural landscape. The candidate is expected to be capable of working independently. Ability to plan and execute hypothesis driven research projects that lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals is essential. Some knowledge or experience in using molecular techniques within a research project is desirable.

Excellent oral and written communications in English are required, as is the ability to communicate in nontechnical terms to growers and crop consultants. The incumbent is expected to obtain a California driver license to visit study sites for field studies throughout California.  Interested candidates should send resume, names and contact information of three references to fgzalom@ucdavis.edu.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  The position carries standard benefits, including healthcare, applicable to these positions at the University of California, Davis. University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Organization Type: Academic

Location: Davis, CA, USA

This entry was posted in Job Opportunities. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.