Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Postdoctoral fellow in circadian biology

Job Number: 60854

Location: Davis, US

Job Description

We’re looking for a new team member who has recently received or will soon receive a PhD in plant biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related discipline. In this multi-disciplinary project, we are using genetic, biochemical, transcriptomic and modeling approaches to better understand how the plant circadian oscillator influences mRNA generation and processing and how RNA dynamics in turn affect circadian clock function. The successful candidate should have recently received a PhD in plant biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline. S/he should have extensive experience in one or more of these areas: molecular biology, genetics, transcriptional profiling, and programming in R or Python. S/he must be highly motivated and able to both work independently and in collaboration with other group members.

The successful applicant will join an excellent research team housed in the Department of Plant Biology at UC Davis. Lab alumni have gone on to successful careers in industry and academia ( Our collaborators on this project include experts in system biology (Alexander Hoffmann, UC Los Angeles) and computational biology (Didier Gonze, Université Libre de Bruxelles). We will help build broad professional skills useful for a variety of post-PhD career paths, including a focus on scientific communication, project management, and best practices for creating an inclusive research environment. Project members will design and teach a course-based undergraduate research experience course, involving undergraduates in the project. We will also host summer students recruited through the UC Davis Graduate Admissions Pathways, a program aimed at eliminating the barriers that prevent underrepresented students from successfully entering and completing graduate school.

UC Davis has over 100 plant-focused research groups and is among the most published and cited U.S. research universities in the plant sciences. Davis is a pleasant college town located in the northern Central Valley of California. It is 20 minutes from the state capital (Sacramento), 1hr 30min from San Francisco, and within easy driving distance of Northern California wine country, the coast, and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The position is available from September, 2023 and is open until filled; three years of funding is available. Starting salary $64,000 – 69,000, depending on experience, and will adhere to the negotiated UC Davis post-doctoral pay scale. Post-doctoral fellows at UC Davis enjoy excellent health care benefits and a supportive work environment.

Contact Dr. Harmer with questions. To apply, please email a cover letter and a CV as a single PDF document. Information provided should include: prior research experience and accomplishments; career goals; expected availability date; and detailed contact information for three references. Applications will be considered as they are received. Visit our lab website to learn more:

Application Deadline: 2024-01-28


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