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Assistant Professor in Postharvest Biology and Food Safety : Davis, United States


University of California, Davis




·         One Shields Ave, Department of Plant Sciences, Davis, CA, United States


Assistant Professor


February 25, 2012


April 18, 2012

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Science jobs from University of California, Davis: job description

Research will focus on postharvest plant biology with emphasis on the influence of plant biology of produce or other plant based foods upon associated microbiota, including human pathogens. This research is recognized to have significant applied potential for developing improved handling strategies in food availability, safety, and defense; significant opportunities exist for fundamental research on unexplored aspects of plant/microbiota phyllosphere interactions. Research goals include working with academic and industrial contacts to apply knowledge of plant-microbial interactions to optimize postharvest management strategies under different environmental conditions, working with molecular/cellular biologists to identify key phenotypic or molecular traits that could improve handling strategies and food safety. Candidate is expected to conduct mission oriented research and outreach of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station; expected to operate well in multi-disciplinary teams focused on the development of practical solutions to critical issues related to food safety and postharvest handling of specialty crops grown in California and across the world; expected to contribute to teaching of core courses in the Plant Sciences undergraduate curriculum and to develop new courses in their area of expertise; teach at the graduate level within her/his area of research expertise in the Horticulture and Agronomy, Plant Biology, Food Science, Microbiology and/or International Agricultural Development Graduate Groups. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students is expected. Candidate will collaborate with other scientists at UC Davis, Cooperative Extension specialists, farm advisors and researchers from other universities and agencies to address the mission of the department, college and Agricultural Experiment Station; expected to participate in departmental, college, and campus committees and interact with state, regional and national organizations as appropriate.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent level of experience in plant physiology, plant biology, postharvest biology, plant microbial interactions or related fields.
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at Please include statements of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process please email Review of the applications will begin April 18st, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.

Dr. Daniel J Kliebenstein, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8515
Telephone: (530) 752-8529 / FAX: (530) 752-4361

“UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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