Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Fungal Genomics and Ecology: Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside (UCR)

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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Fungal Genomics and Ecology: Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside (UCR)

The Glassman Lab at the University of California, Riverside is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar position focused on fungal ecology and genomics research. The recruit will be part of a USDA funded project to use genomics of bacteria and fungi to study the traits of pyrophilous “fire-loving” microbes using an extensive culture collection. The Glassman lab studies ectomycorrhizal, arbuscular mycorrhizal, and saprobic fungal ecology, bacterial-fungal interactions, decomposition, the impacts of fires on fungi and bacteria, and the use of microbes to improve post-fire regeneration. We use a combination of approaches including fieldwork, greenhouse work, culturing, molecular ecology, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analyses to advance fungal ecology. For more information on the Glassman lab please visit our website:

Applicants should have, or be close to receiving, a PhD in genomics, microbial ecology, mycology, molecular ecology, or a closely related area.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Expertise with bacterial or fungal genomics
  2. Expertise coding in R and/or Python
  3. Expertise in advanced multivariate statistics
  4. At least one peer-reviewed first-author publication in a related field
  5. Effective written and oral communication skills
  6. Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  7. Passion for fungi

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  1. Expertise with sterile technique and bacterial or fungal culturing techniques.
  2. Expertise with molecular techniques including DNA extractions and PCRs. 

How to Apply/Contact

We are looking to hire for a start date in September/October 2022. Screening will begin April 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary scales for first- year postdoctoral scholars begin at $54,540 and are available on this website ( All UC Riverside Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plans, which include medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Sydney Glassman via email to by submitting a single PDF file containing: Curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter indicating your research interests and how you meet the minimum qualifications, and listing the contact information of three references. Please name your PDF as such:

“LastName_FirstName_postdocapp2022.pdf”. The subject of the email should be “Postdoctoral Scholar in Fungal Genomics”

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is
a preferred qualification.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.