Open Job Opportunities in the Department of Nematology
Junior Specialist Position in Nematology, Groen Lab
Full time ; Salary commensurate with experience $38,043 - $44,057
The Groen Lab in the Department of Nematology, located in the Genomics Building at UC
Riverside’s main campus (https://nematology.ucr.edu/faculty), invites applications for a full-time
laboratory technician position starting October 1st 2021 or later. Under the supervision of the PI (Dr
Simon C. “Niels” Groen), the successful candidate will make essential contributions to ongoing
research projects in lab and greenhouse that aim to understand the role of plant chemicals in
mediating plant interactions with parasitic nematodes, including Meloidogyne root-knot nematodes.
Plant-parasitic nematodes cause over 150 billion USD in damage per year globally and curbing their
attacks will alleviate food insecurity.
The successful candidate will be assisting with general lab operations and maintenance, as well as
caring for plants in the laboratory and greenhouse. The lab technician will also collect soil samples,
use nematology procedures to extract these plant parasites from plant material and soil, and use
molecular biology techniques to identify and measure traits of the nematodes and their host plants.
This is a position for a highly motivated person with training in Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology,
Nematology or related field of study. For candidates who wish to pursue independent research
careers in the more distant future there will also be opportunities to develop independent research
projects and author publications in addition to providing support for other lab members.
- Cultivating plants in laboratory and greenhouse settings;
- Isolating and manipulating plant-parasitic nematodes from soil and root samples;
- Maintaining plant and nematode collections;
- Preparing standard lab solutions and plates, sterilizing labware;
- Maintaining the organization of lab workspaces;
- Managing the purchase, reception, storage, and maintenance of laboratory consumables and
- Performing laboratory and greenhouse experiments and occasionally assisting with field
experiments in/around Riverside;
- Performing DNA and RNA extractions, standard and quantitative polymerase chain
Required Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor's and optional Master’s degree in life sciences with emphasis on botany/plant
sciences, plant pathology, nematology, chemical ecology, or related disciplines;
- Interest in botany/plant sciences, nematology, evolution, and agriculture;
- Prior laboratory experience with standard molecular biology methods including DNA and
RNA extraction, standard PCR, quantitative PCR (qPCR), and recombinant DNA
- Proficiency in preparing complex solutions including calculating concentrations;
- Excellent organizational skills and a strong attention to detail, with the ability to multitask
and adapt to changing priorities;
- Ability to document experiments, follow instructions, and maintain a safe working
- Proficiency with Word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft and Google);
- Highly motivated, able to work independently;
- Excellent communication skills and ability to actively participate in a mutually-supportive
and respectful team environment;
- Knowledge of and experience with culturing plant-parasitic nematodes is preferred but
certainly not required.
To apply, please send a single-page cover letter about yourself explaining why you are
interested in this position, your resume and academic transcript, and names and contact
information for three references to: Simon C. “Niels” Groen (simon [dot] groen [at] ucr [dot] edu).
Please use “Junior Specialist in Nematology” as the subject line of the email. Review of applications
will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to
Niels at the email listed above.
UCR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the Groen Lab encourages
applications from underrepresented groups.
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Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Biology
We are recruiting for a postdoctoral scholar to join Dr. Adler Dillman's lab in the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Riverside (http://dillmanlab.org/). The position will be broadly focused on host-parasite interactions, with the applicant working on one of several new projects, depending on their expertise and background. Due to the nature of new projects in the lab, we are seeking a candidate with expertise or background in one of the following areas:
- Bioinformatic analysis with an emphasis on the analysis of RNA-seq datasets and/or genome annotation.
- Lipid biochemistry, protein-lipid interactions, or lipid biosynthetic pathways.
- Steroid hormone signaling, dafachronic acid signaling, ecdysone signaling.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should be within 3 years of having received their PhD, and must be able to perform independent research, have good written and verbal communication skills, and be highly self-motivated.
Postdoctoral salaries at UCR are two steps above the NIH NRSA scale. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and this position includes benefits. Initial duration will be for two years, but may be renewable depending on performance. The incumbent will be encouraged to participate in the development of promising projects for continued funding.
Flexible start date for this position, sometime between now and February 2021. Review of applications will commence immediately and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications as soon as possible.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.