PostDoc at UC Davis on Prunus replant disease (PRD) (including microbiome related studies)

Postdoctoral Scholar

Position Available

Plant Pathology Department

University of California, Davis Campus

Job Details:

The successful candidate will conduct basic and applied research contributing to sustainable management of Prunus replant disease (PRD; a soilborne disease complex), especially as it affects almond orchards. Areas of focus will include (i) metagenomic and transcriptomic examinations of PRD and (ii) optimization of soil-amendment-based strategies, including anaerobic soil disinfestation, to manage the disease. The research will be conducted in lab, greenhouse, and field settings. The lab is committed to development of sustainable, practical management strategies for soilborne diseases of fruit and nut trees. Lab team projects include determining etiology of emerging diseases, development of soil-amendment-based control strategies for soilborne diseases, and development of rootstocks that resist key soilborne pathogens. The desired start date for this postdoctoral position is no later than July 1, 2016.


The position requires a recent Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, soil microbiology, or a closely related field. Knowledge and experience with modern molecular methods used in environmental examinations (e.g., extraction and purification of nucleic acids from complex samples, PCR, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics), experience with plants, and high motivation to solve complex agricultural problems will be essential. Knowledge and experience in bioinformatics are desirable.

Application Materials:

To apply, please provide (1) a cover letter that captures your related interests, experiences, and career goals, (2) a current CV, (3) contact information for three references that may be consulted, and (4) a listing of pertinent coursework (unofficial transcripts may be used). Please email all application materials, combining where possible into a single pdf file, to Dr. Greg Browne: gtbrowne

Work location: USDA-ARS lab, Plant Pathology Department, UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616, USA. Position will involve travel to various field sites in California. UC Davis is a Land Grant University. For more information, see

For additional information, contact Dr. Greg Browne, (530)754-9351 or gtbrowne

Salary commensurate with experience, per the UCD postdoc pay scale (see


Desired start date is July 1, 2016. Preference will be given to applications received by June 10, 2016.

UC is an AA/EO employer

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 UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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