Postdoc Position UC, Davis

Postdoctoral position in Pollination Biology at University of California, Davis

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Postdoctoral position in Pollination Biology at University of California, Davis

To lead a new project in Neal Williams’ lab in the Department of Entomology

Our lab is an energetic group of pollination and pollinator biologists working on basic and applied research in ecology, evolution and conservation biology.  Please visit the web page linked through


Primary project:  I seek a highly motivated and independent researcher for a new project exploring basic and applied aspects of onion pollination in Northern CA.  The main project will investigate multiple potential causes of the dramatic drop in hybrid onion seed yield in California associated with control of thrips and onion yellow-spot virus.  The project involves both field and lab investigation in fundamental and applied pollination biology.  The research involves field surveys in California and Oregon, controlled field and cage experiments to test the effect of systemic pesticide application on bee visitation, pollen viability/ vigor and resulting seed set.      

Requirements: The position requires someone who is well versed in pollination biology, plant reproductive biology, and working with bees.  Experience in the design and implementation of field experiments data analysis are also critical.  The successful candidate will take the lead in coordinating the research program in collaboration with UC Cooperative Extension Advisor Rachael Long, me and others at UC Davis, as well as working closely with seed growers and seed companies.  The postdoc must be available to work at field sites and travel between California and Oregon.

Although the project will occupy substantial time throughout the year, there is opportunity for interaction and collaboration on other research projects in the lab and beyond.   Candidates are encouraged to develop their own research projects within the broader context of the grant and beyond.

Start Date:  Fall-Winter 2010-11 (some flexibility).  Some preference may be given to candidates who are able to start on the project soon.

Funding:  Initially for a year period with additional years provided based on strong progress.   Salary and benefits follows University of California Scale commensurate with stage and past experience.


For applications: send letter summarizing of your background, fit for the position and articulating other research interest along with a CV and names of 3-4 references to  Please use “CDFA postdoc”  as the title of your email.  I will begin review of applications late October.

Informal inquiries initially by email are encouraged prior to application.