Postdoctoral Position in Animal Science

University of California Davis Department of Animal Science

Post Doctoral Employee - Zhou Lab

Job #JPF03807
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - ANIMAL SCIENCE

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 29th, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 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.


Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis has an exciting postdoctoral opportunity to participate in research directed at understanding genetic architecture of complex traits by identifying causative variations associated with feed efficiency, growth rate and/or disease resistance in poultry. The selected candidate will utilize newly annotated functional regulatory elements in poultry genome to focus on tissue-specific cis-regulatory elements that regulate genes and networks associated with above complex traits. The candidate will use well-characterized genetic lines that differ in their phenotype on the respective complex traits in chickens to identify and functionally validate potential causative variants, specifically targeting on regulatory regions, using CRISPRi and CRISPRa. These efforts will ultimately provide needed information that can be used to precision genomic selection for significant improvements for poultry breeders. This project will leverage the varied epigenomic assays (ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, Hi-C) and integrative omic data analysis pipeline our group has developed, and computational capabilities at the group, as well as new or existing collaborations with scientists at the department, the Genome Center at UC Davis, and external groups.

Specific Responsibilities:

• Design and lead animal experiments and in-vitro work
• Conduct and/or develop varied sequence-based assays such as scRNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, and Hi-C and/or other high-throughput technologies such as CRISPRi and CRISPRa.
• Integrate omic data analysis
• Work with other peer scientists and external collaborators on functional genomics analysis in poultry
• Analyze and summarize data and present findings at internal lab meetings and scientific conferences.
• Publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to scientific research papers and reports.

• Ph.D. in animal biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, immunology, computational biology or a related field.
• Solid understanding of animal genetics, biology, physiology and/or disease of poultry.
• Experience with microscopy, histology and/or cell fractionation a plus.
• Experience in epigenomics and computational data analysis a plus
• Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as DNA/RNA extraction, cell culture, and analysis methods.
• Strong interest in genomic and functional genomic questions and in the use of computational strategies to derive biological insights from sequence data.
• Demonstrated scientific productivity through publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

This is a one year postdoctoral employee appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post- degree. Interested candidates please submit cover letter and CV with contact information of three references. Questions email Dr. Huaijun Zhou at

UC Davis provides a welcoming environment with many mentoring and career development opportunities. Especially, we provide a supportive environment for transition into faculty and non-faculty careers.

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:


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • 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.
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)