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Postdoctoral Scholar in avocado genetics and genomics - Riverside, CA

UCR Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program, Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology - University of California, Riverside
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    Riverside, CA


    Until Filled


    The UCR avocado rootstock breeding program is recruiting for a highly motivated postdoc to work on multiple projects recently funded by the USDA and various industry partners. The UCR breeding program is a very active one, and is recognized worldwide. The goal of the program is to develop next-generation avocado rootstocks resistant to biotic (i.e. Phytophthora cinnamomi) and/or abiotic stresses (i.e. salinity, drought) using traditional breeding complemented with genomic-assisted breeding approaches.

    To lead existing and new projects focused on selecting new P. cinnamomi-resistant rootstocks and implementing molecular breeding tools for genomic selection in avocado. The appointee will use NextGeneration Sequencing (NGS) Technology to conduct genetic association studies in avocado using the existing avocado germplasm and mapping populations by exploring different approaches. Transcriptomic analyses will also be conducted to complement the genetic association studies. The successful candidate will also explore and develop high-throughput phenotypic methods for P. cinnamomi resistance screening under greenhouse and field conditions. This candidate will work with and assist U.S. and international collaborators on the development of the avocado genomic database and the validation of a sensor system for high-throughput phenotyping. This position entails laboratory, greenhouse, and field work. The appointee will write progress reports and publications in a timely manner.

    Minimum qualifications

    • A Ph.D. in plant genetics, plant genomics, plant breeding, or related areas including molecular plant pathology.
    • Strong publication records in the area of plant genomics or plant improvement.
    • Greenhouse and field experience.
    • Strong statistical analyses skills.
    • Demonstrated skills and experience analyzing NGS data.
    • Experience with execution of bioinformatic pipelines.
    • Demonstrated experience with marker association studies in plants.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills, since this position involves preparing research progress reports and assisting the PI in publications and grant writing activities.
    • Work independently and in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment. The appointee will interact with a big research team of ~14 Co-Project Directors with different areas of expertise including Horticulturist, Plant Pathologist, Engineers, Bioinformaticians, Farm Advisors, and Extension Faculties.

    Preferred qualifications

    • Experience working with tree genomics and genetics will be strongly considered.
    • Knowledge of Linux and computer programing languages will be a plus.
    • Experience working in plant pathology/plant-microbe interactions.
    • Experience working with fungal or oomycete pathogens.

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Posted September 8, 2020

Científico de Investigación Aplicada en Protección de Cultivos - Mexico-Ciudad Guzman

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    About the Opportunity

    Generar conceptos de investigación y prácticas de manejo fitosanitario para obtener mejoras en el desempeño (rentabilidad/rendimiento/calidad) de los cuatro cultivos a nivel de México; así como velar por el buen funcionamiento de las prácticas de sanidad vegetal en toda la cadena productiva interna y externa. The Applied Research Scientist II focused on crop protection, is a critical position as it is responsible to lead and coordinate Mexico wide efforts related to pest and disease management strategies.


    • Supervisión de la operación agronómica de las evaluaciones y tratamientos de protección de cultivos en test plots y laboratorio.
    • Apoyo en la adecuación y ejecución de prácticas fitosanitarias en la etapa de viveros. Supervisión de la ejecución de las evaluaciones de protección de cultivos en campos comerciales.
    • Participación en recorridos de Agronomía a campos comerciales y atención a los recorridos de Agronomía a los proyectos de Investigación Aplicada en test plots y campos comerciales.
    • Coordinación de la documentación y análisis de información técnica relevante y participación en la actualización de documentos técnicos.
    • Planeación y diseño para el establecimiento de evaluaciones de protección de cultivos en laboratorio, test plots y campos comerciales.
    • Definición y participación en eventos de extensión masiva.
    • Solución de problemas fitosanitarios complejos y coordinación de grupos de trabajo interdepartamentales
    • Conduct lab and field experimental projects to generate and validate practical pest and disease management concepts, applicable for all stakeholders including growers.
    • Support breeding programs through phenotyping work (susceptibility/resistance assessments) focused on major pests and diseases on main varieties and advanced selections.
    • Provide internal and external taxonomical and molecular identification of emerging and widespread pest and diseases affecting grower fields, test plots and nursery.
    • Support nursery clean stock processes, by conducting routine internal and external plant health diagnostics.
    • Forge and maintain the collaboration and networking with external associations and institutions, through industry wide initiatives, joint projects and student internship projects.
    • Manage the CMEX Agronomy Crop Protection team, which provides direct support to growers through technical support, troubleshooting and extension. Coordinate the collaboration and information exchange with the global plant health teams (entomology and pathology) in order to strengthen research and diagnostics processes and outputs.

    Candidate Profile

    • Estudios a Nivel de Maestría o Doctorado en Agronomía, Biotecnología, Biología, Horticultura, Fitotecnia.
    • Si tiene maestria es indispensable contar con 6 años de experiencia en areas de Fitopatología, Entomología, Protección Vegetal e Investigación Agrícola, si tiene doctorado es suficiente con 4 años de experiencia en las areas mencioandas.
    • Ingles avanzado.
    • Experiencia minima de 4 años en manejo de personal.
    • Master degree or PhD in Agronomy, Biotechnology, Biology, Horticulture, Phytotechnics.
    • If you have a master's degree, it is essential to have 6 years of experience in Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Protection and Agricultural Research, if you have a PhD, 4 years of experience in the mentioned areas.
    • Advanced English.
    • 4 years of experience in personnel management.

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Posted August 27, 2020

Postdoctoral Researchers (2) and Visiting Scientist (1) - Homestead, FL

UF/IFAS - Tropical Plant Clinic and Research Laboratory
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    Homestead, FL

    Closing Date

    September 15


    The Tropical Plant Clinic and Research Laboratory at the University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center (, located just 35 miles south of Miami, is seeking for highly motivated researchers (3) to work on different projects.

    Required Qualifications

    • PhD in plant pathology, forest pathology, mycology or related field.
    • Evidence of scientific productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications.
    • Strong science writing and communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently as well as a productive member of a team.

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Posted August 18, 2020