Research/Teaching Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics -- University of California, Riverside

An HHMI/NSF funded research/teaching (50/50) postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Drs. Susan Wessler and Jason Stajich (i) to study transposable elements (TEs) in rice, (ii) assemble a reference genome for citrus, and (iii) develop teaching modules for Wessler’s Dynamic Genome (DG) Course (

Position Description
An HHMI/NSF funded research/teaching (50/50) postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Drs. Susan Wessler and Jason Stajich (i) to study transposable elements (TEs) in rice, (ii) assemble a reference genome for citrus,  and (iii) develop teaching modules for Wessler’s Dynamic Genome (DG) Course ( The rice project concerns an ongoing burst in copy number of a TE in several strains and its impact on the genome and epigenome (K. Naito et al, Nature 2009 461: 131; Lu Lu et al, PNAS 2017 114(49) E10550-E10559). This work will involve analysis of high throughput whole genome sequencing using Illumina technology to examine the genomes of hundreds of recombinant inbred lines.  The citrus project involves the continued development and annotation of a high-quality reference genome using long-read technology and comparative genomics to examine differences among citrus varieties. For the teaching component the successful candidate will design authentic research experiences based on the rice and citrus projects for first year students enrolled in the DG course. This position requires a commitment to innovative teaching along with excellent bioinformatics and programming skills to analyze and synthesize genome assemblies, identify polymorphisms, and perform quantitative trait mapping. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and review will begin on September 17, 2018.  Salary and benefits are commensurate with NSF guidelines and the University of California Postdoctoral Union agreement. 

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field. Demonstrated experience in bioinformatics and high proficiency in programming is necessary along with an understanding of the mechanisms and methods of studying population and evolutionary biology. Experience with next generation sequence data is highly desirable. Ability to communicate clearly, work independently, and interact collaboratively is essential. 

To Apply
Contact Jason Stajich ( or Susan Wessler ( with a current CV and names of three references.

More information can be found online about the Stajich lab, Wessler lab, and the research project http://dynamiterice.organd UC Riverside

Information about UCR, plant sciences and  student success initiatives
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California, the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities — air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel. 

UC Riverside has one of the top Plant Biology/Genomics groups in the world with 5 members of the National Academy of Sciences, four of whom are women. 

UC Riverside is one of the most diverse research universities in the country. More than half of the 5000 students in our College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) are supported by Pell grants, are members of underrepresented groups, and are first generation college students. To improve student persistence in STEM, CNAS has focused on two experiential interventions for first year students: (1) Learning Communities  - designed to engage groups of 24 students with faculty, academic advisors and near-peer mentors, and (2) the Dynamic Genome course - an authentic research experience where UCR research faculty take ownership of a section and bring the excitement of their research labs to the classroom.  Now in its sixth year at UC Riverside, DG is a hands-on bioinformatics/wet lab course that is taught in the state of the art Neil A Campbell Science Learning Laboratory.  

UCR is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workforce diversity.  AA/EOE 

Keywords:Postdoc, University of California, Riverside, STEM, Bioinformatics   Doc ID:84464
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