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Specialist (Microbial Food Safety Of Horticultural Foods) University of California - Davis

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Open until filled

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Availability: Immediate 12-month appointment

Term: One-year commitment with two-year maximum, contingent upon continued satisfactory individual productivity and performance within a team- research setting.

Research (90%): Implement applied research projects within the Scope of Work defined by concurrent grants that integrate plant or microbial molecular biology with fundamental postharvest biology, horticultural production ecology, and technology development as these relate to aspects of microbial food safety. The scope of programmatic research is broad but, by way of example, may include: 1) detection and recovery of human pathogens from preharvest and postharvest environments relevant to horticultural production and handling; 2) application of molecular sub-species typing to critical issues in environmental epidemiology; 3) development and application of molecular sub-species typing to critical issues in irrigation water quality and environmental ecology within regions of horticultural production; 4) demonstrating efficacy of novel antimicrobials or novel applications of existing technologies for mitigation of pathogen contaminants across the preharvest to postharvest continuum.

Extension Outreach (10%):
Participate in outreach activities including state-wide UC and industry meetings, field days, websites, and written materials. Participate in preparing information for presentation at meetings or scientific meetings and conducts audio-visual components of outreach meetings and field days. Engage in public outreach activities that include assisting PI in providing information and/or providing information to farm advisors, UC extension and county personnel and the general public. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other university entities, as appropriate This position is suitable for an individual who has already distinguished themselves in postgraduate research accomplishments and a technical skill set in molecular microbiology consistent with programmatic goals in local, national, and global issues in preharvest and postharvest microbial food safety of horticultural foods. The candidate will contribute to and collaborate in an active research program investigating the microbial safety of fresh fruits and vegetables including human pathogen detection and recovery systems for environmental and horticultural systems related to food protection, The candidate will assist in identifying and tracking sources of contamination, quantitative microbial risk assessment, and investigative research on the efficacy of novel and emerging mitigation strategies.

The research scope will follow funded programs that will have near-term and long-term impact on edible horticultural commodities consumed in fresh or minimally-processed fresh form. The breadth of the funded food safety research is inclusive of the underlying biology relevant to elucidating the dynamics of pathogen contamination, survival, and growth in controlled environment, open-field research, and within commercial settings. An MSc. in an appropriate discipline is required that includes significant prior research experience with inoculation, detection, and enumeration of bacterial pathogens using conventional and molecular techniques. Prior experience conducting research with BSL II level human pathogens is strongly preferred. The scope of acceptable applicants for consideration may be drawn broadly from several disciplines including molecular microbiology, molecular ecology, environmental molecular microbiology, molecular plant:microbe interactions, horticultural microbiology, applied molecular plant pathology, or food microbiology and food safety. Demonstrated knowledge of preharvest and postharvest management of horticultural crops is highly desirable and will be given strong consideration; however lack of prior experience is not limiting for an individual with applicable and integrative skills. During the application and evaluation period, it will be imperative that each candidate demonstrate a desire to build a career focused on the the broad issues and key research needs related to food safety preventive and corrective solutions for horticultural crops.

To apply: Please submit your CV/Academic Biography with publication record along with 3 references to contact listed.

Screening of applications commences on September 21, 2012; however, the position is open until filled. The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

The University of California, Davis, is
first and foremost an institution of learning and teaching, committed to serving the needs of society. Our campus community reflects and is a part of a society comprising all races, creeds and social circumstances. The successful conduct of the university's affairs requires that every member of the university community acknowledge and practice the principles of community. The full statement of community can be reviewed at This means that on a daily basis as employees we strive to maintain a climate of justice marked by respect for each other, building a true community of spirit and purpose based on mutual respect and caring. Employment at UC Davis requires adherence to these principles in the performance of all aspects of your job duties and responsibilities.

As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, prospective employees of the University of California, Davis, are entitled to request and receive a copy of the Security Report for this campus. The report includes statistics for the past three years concerning crimes and incidents reported to campus security authorities (whether the crime occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, or on public property adjacent to campus). The report also provides campus policies and practices concerning security - how to report sexual assault and other crimes, crime prevention efforts, policies/laws governing alcohol and drugs, victims' assistance programs, student discipline, campus resources, and other matters. You may obtain a copy of this report online by accessing the following Internet address: ; or a print copy by submitting a request to the UC Davis Information Practices Officer, Office of the Chancellor, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616, labeling the outside of the envelope as a "Campus Security Report Request."

Job Type: Temporary

Contact information:
Dr. Trevor Suslow
University of California - Davis


University of California - Davis
Davis, CA
United States
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