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SRA 3 (SRA - Plant Diagnostic Lab) - 12916

Company: University of California - Davis
Location: Davis
Posted on: November 21, 2020

Job Description:

Job Summary

Under general supervision, provide technical support in the Foundation Plant Services (FPS) laboratory by conducting tests on FPS foundation materials and new introductions. Conduct routine sampling and testing throughout the year of all vineyards, orchards, rose blocks, greenhouse strawberries and newly introduced plant materials. The work will include: independently use and implement a variety of molecular biology techniques like nucleic acid extractions from plant tissue using high throughput sequencing, real-time and conventional Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and related bioinformatics, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, inoculation of herbaceous host indicators for disease detection; analysis and maintenance of disease testing results using appropriate computer software. Work closely with colleagues to coordinate seasonal testing of plant material in the field and testing of new and customer material as it is received by FPS. Multiple and diverse projects will be coordinated concurrently.


Salary Range

$4,871.65 - $7,833.69/MO.

No. of Positions


Appointment Type


Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.


UC Davis

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Work in lab, greenhouse and field conditions. Work outdoor during different seasons, to perform repetitious work, and to lift and carry large pots, flats or bags of soil.

Work in a flexible manner under pressure created in an active research/academic/University environment.


Work in enclosed areas that have been treated with pesticides while adhering to appropriate and required safety precautions.

Occasionally work flexible hours, especially working after normal working hours to finish the assigned task.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.



-MS degree in Plant Propagation Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, or related area, or equivalent experience/training.

-Specialized knowledge of and experience with the biology and etiology of viruses of horticultural crops with an emphasis on grapevine fruit tree viruses.

-Knowledge of plant virus indexing techniques including, herbaceous indexing, woody indexing serological and molecular techniques

-Experience and/or technical training in plant pathogen diagnostic and demonstrated familiarity with laboratory safety requirements..

-Experience with record keeping and maintaining accurate detailed records of scientific data and experimental records and skills to interpret data, recognize irregular or invalid results, troubleshoot assays and correct assay performance failures.

-Experience writing for both a popular and scientific audience at an advanced level and Skills to critically evaluate scientific literature, while adopting new methodologies to improve both service and research programs.

-Excellent organizational and managerial skills with the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to faculty, staff, students and the public.


-PhD degree in Virology, Biotechnology or Molecular Plant Pathology.

-Knowledge and technical training in plant pathogen diagnostics and supervision or leadership experience in both a research and service laboratory.

-Experience performing the following laboratory techniques: DNA/RNA isolation, RT-PCR, ELISA techniques, real time PCR and high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and related bioinformatics.

-English proficiency is required for the incumbent to help the supervisor and the researchers to compose competitive grants to fund the research and to write annual reports for the funded grants and write scientific papers for publishing in peer reviewed journals.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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