We are seeking a motivated Junior Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis. POSITION DESCRIPTION for Junior Specialist in the Rizzo Lab NATURE AND PURPOSE The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below. Overview of Main duties: Support field and laboratory experiments aimed at restoring plant communities impacted by pathogens. Assist collection and analysis of plant pathogens species, and their impacted hosts. Organize samples and data collected at multiple study sites as well as contribute to statistical analysis of these data. Isolation of pathogens from field samples and molecular identification of Phytophthora species and other fungi. This position requires a strong interest in field ecology, plant pathology, and microbiology. It includes field sampling for Phytophthora and other fungi, sample processing including pathogen culturing and molecular analysis. The Jr Specialist will provide support in research experiments including sampling design. Engagement in research activity is an essential part of this position including tasks such as contribution to academic publications and working with the PI, greater research team, and project stakeholders to discuss current and future research directions. Contribute to the drafting/editing of manuscripts, grant proposals, research reports and summarization of data collection to produce academic publications for peer reviewed journals. Contribute to drafting analysis for presentations at professional conferences. Work with undergraduate students and other lab staff including assisting with maintaining laboratory safety standards. Specific Responsibilities Research: The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
Assist the PI in collection and identification of plant pathogens, especially Phytophthora species, for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Assist the PI in development and establishment of experiments to identify and analyze the biology of fungal plant pathogens complexes including associated data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and contribution to resulting reports, outreach articles, and scholarly manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.
Project development will involve active engagement of literature in project development and interpretation beyond that expected in a purely technical capacity, including use of literature for hypothesis development, development of literature reviews, development and optimization of protocols and analytical methods, and development of introductory and discussion material in the preparation of manuscripts and reports. Some literature will be provided (books, articles), but it is expected that the incumbent will conduct literature searches to identify additional materials using on-line and hardcopy university resources.
Present research at statewide specialized meetings on forest pathogens and national meetings (e.g., California Forest Pest Council). Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral presentation formats depending on the meeting and the state of research progress. The incumbent will encouraged and mentored to develop presentation abilities through laboratory meetings, the UC Davis plant pathology department retreat, and other local (on-campus) events.
Assist the PI in development of grant proposals based on preliminary data collected in previous efforts led by the incumbent, including development of project objectives, experimental methods and project background information.
The incumbent will present outreach research for local stakeholder groups, regional meetings, and appropriate national meetings. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral presentation formats.
The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with the American Phytopathological Society or similar professional society.
University and Public Service:
The incumbent will work with University Extension technicians and researchers to communicate research findings by attending informal meetings and provide summarized unpublished research results as appropriate.
The incumbent will work with department-wide safety officers to assist in dissemination of new laboratory and/or departmental safety policies. This will include involvement in the Plant Pathology Department Safety Committee should a vacancy on the committee occur.
As a public service, the incumbent will also be encouraged to deliver oral presentations at public events, such as those held by local conservation organizations, tribal groups, and state or federal agency working groups.
As a full time lab member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentoring (undergraduate student technicians), and general laboratory maintenance.
This position requires a Baccalaureate or similar degree in Plant Pathology, or related discipline. Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor's degrees and three years' relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)
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 property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors including parking lots and residential spaces.
Hours: 40 hours per week Location: UC Davis campus
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