UC Davis post doctoral position: 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

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