Postdoc Opportunity: Soil and/or rhizosphere viral ecology

Next review date: Friday, Aug 9, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Final date: Friday, Sep 27, 2019 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.


The Emerson Lab at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead a project in soil and/or rhizosphere viral ecology using omic approaches, particularly metagenomics and/or metatranscriptomics. We are looking for a postdoc with a strong bioinformatics background to dive into this exciting new field. There is a fair amount of flexibility with regard to project choice, including the potential to publish quickly by taking a leading role in the continuation of existing projects (e.g., spatiotemporal dynamics of soil viral and microbial communities under different management practices in a tomato/corn rotation), and/or the potential to develop a new project.

The research project(s) will be bioinformatics-focused but can include field and laboratory components if desired, and there is funding available for the postdoc to develop their own research interests in collaboration with the PI. The postdoc’s primary project(s) can be tied to a variety of soil and plant types, including at natural and agricultural sites in and near Davis, CA. We have collaborative access to a number of ongoing greenhouse and field experiments to test the impacts of management practices, soil amendments, irrigation treatments, plant health vs. disease states, and changing environmental conditions on viral and microbial community composition and function in soil and the rhizosphere.

Candidates will be evaluated based on how well their background and interests prepare them for bioinformatics-oriented soil viral ecology research and, if the candidate proposes a new project (not required), how well that project aligns with our lab’s research interests. A positive and supportive environment is essential to the culture of our group, and evidence for working well both collaboratively and independently will be viewed favorably.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific meetings. The PI is committed to supporting the career interests of the Postdoctoral Researcher. Opportunities for writing grants, mentoring Ph.D. students and undergraduates, giving occasional guest lectures in university classrooms, attending seminars by industry representatives, and other career development experiences will be available. Our department also has a Postdoctoral Researchers Group that organizes social and career development opportunities for our postdocs.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will join a vibrant research community in microbiology, bioinformatics, ecology, plant pathology, soil science, and sustainable agriculture at UC Davis. Resources and collaborative opportunities at UC Davis include: the Genome Center and its bioinformatics core, the Microbiome Initiative, the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, the UC Davis Natural Reserve System, and the multi-campus Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, including the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Preferred start date between now and September 2019, but can be flexible for the right candidate

Relocation to Davis is preferred, but remote work may be possible.


More information about the position can be found here.