Postdoctoral Scholar - Microbial Ecology, Microbial Genomics and Fungi - Plant and Microbial Biology

San Francisco
Aug 22, 2019
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Recruitment Period Open date: August 21st, 2019 Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. Final date: Monday, Sep 23, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Description

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, has an opening beginning January 1, 2020 for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work with Professor John Taylor and Professor Rachel Brem. The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a multidisciplinary team that is working on the ecology of the fungus that causes Valley Fever, Coccidioides immitis.

The postdoctoral scholar will participate in all phases of research, which include:

  • Sample air, settled dust and soil in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.
  • Extract DNA from air, dust and soil samples and from mammalian tissue provided by others.
  • Amplify by PCR regions of DNA used to recognize fungal species as operational taxonomic units.
  • Prepare DNA sequencing libraries from DNA isolated from samples.
  • Conduct qPCR on DNAs to detect and quantify selected species.
  • Address questions of fungal distribution and community ecology, including community assembly.
  • Construct genome sequencing libraries.
  • Conduct genome wide association studies (GWAs) using these genomes.
  • Communicate results via oral and written reports and prepare results for peer-reviewed publications.

    Basic Qualifications:
    PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

    Additional Qualifications:
    PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

    Preferred Qualifications :
    The ideal candidate would have experience extracting DNA and RNA from air, dust and soil, preparing these nucleic acids for high throughput sequencing, analyzing short read and long read high-throughput DNA sequence to recognize OTUs, characterizing and analyzing microbial community composition, preparing genome sequencing libraries and assessing correlations between genome sequences and phenotypes. Ideally, the candidate would have research experience with fungi. A PhD (or equivalent international degree) in Molecular Ecology, Molecular Evolution or Molecular Genetics of Microbes is preferred.

    This position reports to Professor John Taylor. The initial appointment is 100% for one (1) year with the possibility of an extension, based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The targeted start date for this position is January 1, 2020.

    Salary and Benefits:
    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included (

    How to apply:
    To apply, please go to the following link:

    Contact information of three references is required, only those of finalists will be contacted. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:

    The recruitment will remain open until filled.

    Please direct questions to Dr. John Taylor at [email protected] For inquiries of an administrative nature, contact Maria P. Aranas at [email protected]

    Berkeley seeks to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
    Job location Berkeley, California Requirements Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience and research interests.
    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)

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