Two postdoc positions at University of California

The University of California at Riverside has two openings for postdocs working with invasive insects, specifically European grapevine moth and Asian citrus psyllid.

Spatial analysis of an invasive insect in California vineyards

An opening is available for a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology at the University of California – Riverside to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) invasion. The researcher will leverage an existing dataset of moth distribution toward understanding the factors that contributed to moth establishment and spread, and to evaluate the efficacy of regulatory procedures. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology, entomology, geography or a related field with a focus on invasion biology or landscape ecology. Experience with GIS, spatial statistics, and statistical modeling is required. The position is available September 1st, with the potential for being located at UC Riverside or UC Berkeley. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, list of professional references, and a writing sample to Matt Daugherty (mattd@ucr.edu).

Spatial analysis and epidemiological modeling of an invasive vector and plant pathogen

An opening is available for a postdoctoral researcher to study the spatial epidemiology of the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and the citrus disease huanglongbing. The researcher will analyze the spatial and temporal distribution of confirmed or suspected disease cases in California, then leverage the results toward developing predictive models of pathogen spread. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in plant pathology, ecology, entomology or a related field with extensive training in quantitative methods. A combination of experience with geospatial tools and epidemiological modeling is highly desirable. The research involves cooperation among members of the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, and USDA-APHIS. The position is available starting September 1st, with the potential for being located at UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, or UC Davis. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, list of professional references, and a writing sample to Matt Daugherty (mattd@ucr.edu).

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