Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Cell Biology
University of California Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
United States

Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Cell Biology

Job #JPF04948
  • PLANT SCIENCES / COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: May 19th, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Jun 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.

Position description

An exciting postdoc position to conduct multidisciplinary research on plant cytokinesis is available immediately in the Drakakaki group.

Dissecting molecular mechanisms of plant cytokinesis and cell plate development

During plant cell division the formation of a novel structure, the cell plate, which evolves into the new cell wall, separates the new daughter cells. Although this process is of profound importance to all plant life on earth, yet fundamental questions remain unanswered. This project focuses on dissecting the highly dynamic process of cell plate formation by employing 4D quantitative image analysis, biophysical modeling, biochemistry and genetics coupled with chemical inhibition of key players in cell division.

The NSF funded project will use quantitative fluorescence imaging during cytokinesis, towards the development of spatiotemporal models of cell plate formation. Further, the use of biochemical, and genetic approaches combined with chemical biology will help in characterizing the components building the new cell wall during cytokinesis and identifying novel molecular players involved in cell plate development. The candidate will be integrated in a larger research team, that includes experts from diverse disciplines at UCD and nationally.

Qualifications: Applicants should receive a Ph.D. degree within the past 4 years and should have a background in plant cell biology with a PhD degree in Cell, Molecular or Developmental Biology. Experience in live confocal cell imaging, molecular cloning, protein biochemistry and plant genetics are essential. The successful candidate must be proficient in English, able to work independently and in a collaborative environment and be highly motivated to meet project-defined milestones. A proven record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

UC Davis: UC Davis provides outstanding research facilities, including state of the art high-resolution confocal microscopes, proteomics and genomics facilities and a highly stimulating environment allowing cutting edge research and great career development. Integration into the outstanding scientific community at UCD and participation in national and international meetings/workshops are wonderful networking opportunities afforded in the position.

This position is available immediately for one year, with a possibility of a three year extension based on performance and continued sponsor support. Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UCD guidelines and includes a Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan.

How to apply: Interested applicants can reach out for more information, or send (1) their letter of interest stating their research experience, interest and motivation for this position and possible starting date, (2) their CV, and (3) the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references to Dr. Georgia Drakakaki (gdrakakaki@ucdavis.edu). Please include the subject line: "PD Application”.

Please do not contact the Help email with your application materials.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D in Cell, Molecular or Developmental Biology

Preferred qualifications
  • Experience in live confocal cell imaging, molecular cloning
  • Protein biochemistry and plant genetics
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04948

Help contact: jmfareri@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

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