The Emerson Lab at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead a project in soil viral ecology using omic approaches, particularly viromics, metagenomics, and/or metatranscriptomics. We are looking for a postdoc with a strong bioinformatics background to dive into this exciting new field. The primary project will be an NSF-funded investigation of soil viral spatiotemporal dynamics in a California grassland, including through periods of activity and dormancy, but there is some project flexibility. There will be opportunities for contributing to ongoing projects in our group (e.g., viral ecology in post-fire or agricultural soils), and it may be possible for the new postdoc to be '50:50' on the NSF grassland project and one of our other projects (opportunities will be discussed with finalists). The research project(s) will be bioinformatics-focused but will include field and laboratory components, particularly in the first year. The postdoc will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific meetings.
Candidates will be evaluated based on how well their background and interests prepare them for bioinformatics-oriented soil viral ecology research. Some experience with metagenomic or metatranscriptomic sequencing datasets (or similar) is preferred, but experience with viruses is not required. See below for preferred qualifications. A positive and supportive work environment is essential to the culture of our group, and evidence for working well both collaboratively and independently will be viewed favorably. Finalists can meet with current and recent members of our group to learn more.
The PI is committed to supporting the career interests of the Postdoctoral Researcher. Opportunities for writing grant proposals, mentoring Ph.D. students and undergraduates, giving occasional guest lectures in university classrooms, attending seminars and meet-and-greets' with industry representatives and National Lab collaborators, and other career development experiences will be available. As one specific example, if desired, the postdoc could lead a bioinformatics module (1-2 weeks per year) in their area of expertise in an undergraduate bioinformatics course taught by the PI. Our department also has a Postdoctoral Researchers Group that organizes social and career development opportunities for our postdocs, and we support a range of career paths. The Postdoctoral Researcher will join a vibrant research community in microbiology, bioinformatics, ecology, soil and environmental science, plant pathology, and sustainable agriculture at UC Davis.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.