The Genomic Variation Laboratory (GVL; https://gvl.ucdavis.edu/) at the University of California Davis seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar interested in working at the interface of genomics and aquatic species management. The postdoc will be co-supervised by Dr. Andrea Schreier (GVL) and Dr. Melinda Baerwald (California Department of Water Resources (DWR; https://water.ca.gov/). The candidate will be hired through the GVL and attend GVL lab meetings but spend a significant portion of time conducting research with the DWR Genetic Monitoring (GeM) lab, co-led by Dr. Baerwald and Dr. Daphne Gille.
The candidate will apply genetic/genomic techniques such as SNP genotyping and SHERLOCK (CRISPR based genetic identification platform; Baerwald et al. 2020) to answer applied management questions in the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem. As a member of a multi-disciplinary and interagency team, the candidate will collaboratively develop and implement a new approach for Chinook Salmon race identification combining probabilistic length-at-date models with rapid and accurate SHERLOCK technology. The candidate will apply this integrative approach to cooperatively develop a spring-run Chinook Salmon race identification program in support of calculating annual juvenile production estimates (https://deltacouncil.ca.gov/pdf/science-program/fact-sheets/2020-10-22-developing-a-jpe-for-spring-run-chinook-salmon.pdf).
It is anticipated that the candidate will publish both open access genetic datasets and peer-reviewed manuscripts based on their research. The Chinook Salmon genetic data collected by the candidate will encompass most major tributaries in California’s Central Valley and lend itself to investigations related to life history strategies, species resiliency, and other topics dependent on the candidate’s research interests. Although the candidate’s research will be directed towards meeting management goals, there will be opportunities to develop independent research projects, mentor junior scientists, and form collaborations with scientists in academia, state, and federal agencies. This is an ideal position for someone interested in pursuing a career in state and federal natural resource management. The candidate will have access to considerable technological resources in the GeM lab, the GVL, as well as the UC Davis Genome Center computing cluster and DNA Technologies sequencing core.
We have up to three years of funding to support a postdoctoral scholar, dependent on satisfactory progress towards meeting project goals. Starting salary is $54,540 with annual step increases. The GVL is an antiracist lab that welcomes individuals from all races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations to apply. Please see the GVL DEI page (https://gvl.ucdavis.edu/diversity-equity-and-inclusion) for more information.
*How to Apply*
To apply, please email to Andrea Schreier (firstname.lastname@example.org) a brief cover letter describing your interest in the position, a CV (including contact info for 3 references), and 2-3 published papers or manuscripts in preparation. Please specifically indicate in the cover letter or CV the date (month and year) that the applicant’s PhD was/will be issued. The position will be open until filled. If possible, we prefer the selected candidate start by the end of March 2022.
Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics/genomics, or a related field. We are looking for an independent and collaborative scientist with excellent communication skills, management relevant experience, and several years of experience conducting molecular genetics benchwork.