Post Doc Scholar in Plant Pathology

University of California Davis

Postdoc Scholar/Stergiopoulos lab

Job #JPF03957
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - PLANT PATHOLOGY

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 22nd, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Feb 5, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Feb 19, 2021 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 Stergiopoulos lab at the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis is seeking for a skilled and motivated post-doctoral fellow in the field of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. The lab’s research portfolio includes studying the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal pathogenesis on plants, fungicide resistance, and RNA silencing in fungi. For our studies, we use system-level approaches that integrate genomics with classical genetics and biochemical analyses to identify and functionally characterize target genes and cellular processes in fungi.


The post-doctoral candidate will be drawn from the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular plant-microbe interactions, or related disciplines and will primarily focus on the biochemical and functional characterization of effector proteins and other virulence factors from the tomato pathogen Cladosporium fulvum. To do this the post-doc will integrate data from comparative genomic, transcriptomic, and targeted proteomics studies that are conducted in the lab. Although the project is focused on C. fulvum opportunities to be involved in other currently ongoing projects in the lab and freedom to explore new lines of research in consultation with the PI also exist.

UCD provides a highly vibrant intellectual atmosphere, a pleasant college environment, and career development activities specifically designed for post-doctoral scholars (


Doctorial degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular plant-microbe interactions, or related disciplines.
A record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications. Demonstrated ability to conduct and troubleshot experiments independently. Solid verbal and written communication skills.


Highly motivated candidates with an interest in using cutting-edge functional genomic, proteomic, and biochemistry approaches to the study of host-microbe interactions are encouraged to apply. Experience with proteomics and plant molecular biology techniques are a strong plus for this position.
Salary and conditions
Full-time salary and benefits included. Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and commensurate with applicant experience.
This position is for 1 year with the possibility of reappointment based on funding availability and satisfactory performance.


Interested candidates are required to submit (i) a brief cover letter explaining their interest for this position and their future career goals, (ii) their full CV, and (iii) contact information of three references. Applicants also will submit a brief Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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:

For further information, questions, or to discuss the position, please contact:
Ioannis Stergiopoulos, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Please explain your interest in this position and your future goals
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)