Microbiology/Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis

The successful candidate will examine the microbial ecology of “soil health” challenges that affect almond production in California.

Job Description: The position will be housed in the Greg Browne and the Amisha Poret-Peterson Labs in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis. The successful candidate will examine the microbial ecology and management of key “soil health” problems that affect almond and other stone fruit orchards when they are replanted. Areas of focus could include: (i) examining interactions among soil and root microbial communities and chemical and physical soil properties as they affect growth and productivity of replanted stone fruit and nut orchards; (ii) optimizing organic soil amendment-based strategies, including anaerobic soil disinfestation, for management of stone fruit and nut replant problems, especially Prunus replant disease (a Prunus-specific growth suppression mediated in part by soil microbial communities in successive stone fruit and nut plantings); and (iii) determining impacts of whole orchard recycling (i.e., the process of incorporating old orchard residues into the resident soil before replanting instead of removing or burning the residues) on soil microbial communities and replanted stone fruit and nut orchard growth. Qualifications:  The position requires a recent Ph.D. degree in microbiology, plant pathology, or a closely related field. Knowledge and experience with modern molecular methods and bioinformatics used in environmental examinations (e.g., extraction and purification of nucleic acids from complex samples, PCR, microbial community analyses, meta-omics) are required.  For additional information and to apply, please use this link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02223

Application deadline: ASAP
Start date: ASAP
Location: Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis. See https://www.ucdavis.edu/