Job Opportunities

INTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

Jr. Specialist for Horwath Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling Lab, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF04492)

Posted: September 27, 2021

POSITION DESCRIPTION

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Soil Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling team starting December 2021 (or sooner). The successful candidate will support our team working on projects related to sustainable soil management in dairy and almond production systems in California. The Junior Specialist will work closely with a graduate student, extension specialists, and growers to support our investigation of manure products on nutrient management and greenhouse gas emissions. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) field collection of soil, plant and trace gas analysis, 2) lab analysis of chemical and physical soil health indicators, 3) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.

I. Research in specialized areas (90%)

45% Lab analysis include preparation of field equipment to be used for sampling

  • Prepare supplies for soil and plant sampling as required
  • Conduct soil C and N pools, pH and moisture analysis
  • Conduct water infiltration measurements in the field
  • Conduct Plant biomass and nutrient (N) analysis
  • Analyze, synthesize, and manage collected data
  • Conduct lab safety training of new members
  • Maintain lab equipment and general lab organization

35% Field work

  • Use LiCor field instruments to measure carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane from soil.
  • Semi-regular soil and plant sampling in forage and almond production systems (2 to 3 times per month)
  • Analysis of soil physical properties: bulk density, infiltration, etc. (annually)
  • Sampling campaigns at remote locations may require overnight stays in San Joaquin Valley

10% Literature Review and Writing

  • Conduct literature search for relevant articles to soil biogeochemistry, soil health and nutrient cycling.
  • Work with PIs, graduate students, and other members in the research team to plan and execute research projects
  • Participate in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results
  • Help write and review manuscripts for journal publication

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to participate local meetings, scientific discussions and seminars and co-author posters with a focus on topics relevant to the project.

III. University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory and communicate with our stakeholders

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Bachelor of Science in Soil Science, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline from an accredited US or international institution, by the time of the appointment.
[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. Therefore, consideration will be given to applicants with bachelor’s degrees with less than 1-2 years’ relevant work experience] (See APM-UCD 330)

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • Valid driver’s license,
  • Effective communication skills,
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field,
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyzer data.

Preferred qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills,
  • Experience in lab and field based chemical and physical analysis,
  • Experience in synthesizing of data based on instruction of the Principal Investigator or their designee(s), Ability to use computer-based equipment to run analysis and synthesize data.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team,
  • Time management and planning—to assure deadlines are met and field and lab-based work is completed and delivered to the PI.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position. (Optional)

Reference requirements
2-3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04492

Winter Quarter 2022, U-18 Lecturer Position for Environmental Soil Chemistry in Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF04426)

Posted: August 30, 2021

The course description is as follows: Introduction to the basics of soil chemistry, providing students with the fundamentals of chemical processes occurring in the soil. Topics which are covered include soil minerals, natural organic matter, surface charge, soil solution chemistry, redox reactions in soil, and sorption of inorganic and organic contaminants. A basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry is required. This course is offered in the Winter quarter (3 units).

APPOINTMENT DATE:

Winter Quarter 2022
Service period: January 3 - March 18, 2022

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach one lower division course in SSC 102: Environmental Soil Chemistry.

QUALIFICATIONS: Appropriate professional degree, e.g. Doctorate; or Master's degree and prior professional success and recognition for excellence; or Thirty (30) units of graduate coursework and prior professional success and recognition for excellence; a demonstrated teaching ability; a developing record of scholarly or professional achievement in an area of expertise related to the subject area of the course.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Temporary Lecturers are selected to fill specialized positions which require professional, as well as academic, expertise. Temporary Lecturers may be selected to fill teaching needs occasioned by leave of regular faculty or to enhance and compliment the strengths of faculty teaching related courses. Therefore, in any given year, open positions and requirements for individuals to fill them will vary.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications, education and experience.

COURSE AVAILABILITY: The following course is available for Winter Quarter 2022:

SSC 102: Environmental Soil Chemistry
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): General chemistry; SSC 100 or equivalent recommended. Soil chemistry processes related to the fate and transport of contaminants in soil. Soil minerals, natural organic matter, surface charge, soil solution chemistry, redox reactions in soil, and sorption of inorganic and organic contaminants. GE credit: QL, SE, SL.

See link below for full course description,… University of California, Davis Curriculum Catalog (curricunet.com) or
https://ucdavis.pubs.curricunet.com/Catalog/ssc-courses-sc

APPLICATIONS:
For full consideration, applications must be received by 10/01/2021. Interested candidates should submit:

  1. a cover letter,
  2. three letters of recommendation,
  3. a curriculum vita, and
  4. evidence of teaching proficiency
  5. Statement of Contributions to Diversity.
    (Candidates may be asked for further evidence of scholarship or teaching effectiveness at a later date.) Candidates must apply online by the specified closing date at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04426 .

This position is covered by collective bargaining agreement. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at the Climate Physics Group, UC Davis and LBNL (JPF04352)

Posted: August 19, 2021

The Climate Physics Group at UC Davis and LBNL is seeking an ambitious and creative postdoctoral scholar to study how water vapor affects small-scale convective storms, as well as large-scale climate dynamics. Research topics may include: how does the buoyancy effect of water vapor influence low clouds and associated climate feedbacks, and how does the buoyancy effect of water vapor affect deep convection and tropical precipitation? The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue their own innovative ideas that further our understanding of water vapor and climate change.

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Da Yang and will be partly supported by an NSF CAREER Award. The primary appointment will be at UC Davis; a guest affiliation with LBNL can be arranged if desired.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop testable hypotheses to better understand interactions between water vapor, clouds, atmospheric circulations, and climate change
  • Perform numerical simulations and analyze observations to test hypotheses
  • Present results at conferences and seminars
  • Publish results in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated start: The start date is flexible, but the position will become available as soon as Oct. 1, 2021.

Position duration: The position is for 1 year initially, renewable for an additional 2-year period contingent on satisfactory progress and funding availability..
Percent time: 100% (full-time) Rank/Step: TBD

Application / How to apply:

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04352. Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of three references.

Review of applications will start on Sept. 20, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.

CONTACT
For further information about the position, email any questions to Prof. Da Yang (dayang@ucdavis.edu (mailto:dayang@ucdavis.edu)) with "Postdoctoral research position at UC Davis" in the subject.
UC Davis is nestled in a top-rated college town, with good access to SF Bay Area, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. The University of California offers competitive retirement and benefit plans and has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity.

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. https://www.ucdavis.edu
/statement-nondiscrimination/ (https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement-nondiscrimination/)

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Degree Requirement

Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, or a related field , by the anticipated start date

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
(These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

  • Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method,
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.

Preferred qualifications
(not required)

  • A strong background in at least one of the following areas: atmospheric convection, radiative transfer, climate change, or atmospheric/fluid dynamics;
  • A strong background in numerical analysis and high-performance computing;
  • Experience with atmosphere/climate models of various complexities (e.g., bulk plume models, cloud- resolving models, and 3D general circulation models).

*We will also consider seriously any outstanding candidate from other fields with rigorous training in math and physics, if strongly motivated to study atmosphere and climate.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - (one page)

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04352
Help contact: anlee@ucdavis.edu (anlee@ucdavis.edu)

Post-doctoral research position: Machine Learning for Rangeland Soil and Ecosystem Conservation

Posted: August 4, 2021

This project focuses on leveraging machine learning to facilitate the use of remote sensing data to model and predict soil erosion and ecosystem transitions in rangelands in the Western United States. The position is based at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate statewide with scholars from the USDA and other national universities. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Grey Nearing (gnearing@ucdavis.edu). Within overarching project goals, the candidates will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting. Mentorship will focus on helping the candidates to meet their professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.


RESPONSIBILITIES

A 90%: Conduct applied research on

 

  • Building models of ecosystem transitions,
  • Developing methods for integrating known biogeophysics into neural network architectures, Prepare manuscripts for publication,
  • Develop and pursue new research directions related to integrated RS and AI approaches in natural and/or agricultural landscapes, Coordinate project group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors, Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

B 10%: Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.

Anticipated start: As soon as possible.

Position duration: The position is for 12 months initially, may be renewed based on funding and contingent on satisfactory progress. Percent time: 100% (full-time)

Rank/Step: TBD

CONTACT

For further information about the position, contact Dr. Grey Nearing (gnearing@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing & Machine Learning’
The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth,

and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement nondiscrimination/

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Degree Requirement
  • Ph.D. in Math, Computer Science, Ecology, Geography, Forestry, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Hydrology, or other related field by the anticipated start date

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
(These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

  • Experience with Python programming,
  • Strong quantitative expertise, such as in applied statistics and machine learning,
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research,
  • Strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, and conference presentations,
  • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.

Preferred qualifications
(not required)

  • Experience with Tensorflow and/or Pytorch ML libraries.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - (one page)
  • Graduate school transcripts - (unofficial copies acceptable)
  • 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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
    (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04347
Help contact: anlee@ucdavis.edu

Post-doctoral Research Position: Remote Sensing and Environmental Data Science (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) (JPF04286)

Posted: July 27, 2021

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, the University of California Davis. We are seeking a highly motivated scholar to develop remote sensing algorithms and data-driven machine learning analytics for improving ecosystem resilience and agriculture sustainability. The candidate will be involved with projects on monitoring, modeling, and forecasting eco-hydrological dynamics.
Within overarching project goals, the candidates will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions that they find most interesting.

The candidate will be based at the Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change Lab, University of California, Davis. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with scholars across diverse disciplines from multiple institutes. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Yufang Jin (yujin@ucdavis.edu).
Mentorship will focus on helping the candidates to meet their professional development goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES

● 90%: Conduct applied research on

  • Develop and validate algorithms to map ecosystem health, functions an properties from multi-sensor and multi-scale imagery
  • Build AI-based statistical models to predict key ecosystem conditions and services, e.g., plant water stress, vulnerability to climate change, and agriculture production across scales.
  • Develop workflow to support decision making
  • Develop and pursue new research directions related to integrated remote sensing, geospatial data science, and machine learning approaches in natural and/or agricultural landscapes
  • Coordinate project group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals

● 10%: Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.
Anticipated start: As soon as possible.
Position duration: The position is for 12 months initially, may be renewed based on funding and contingent on satisfactory progress. Percent time: 100% (full-time)
Rank/Step: TBD

CONTACT

For further information about the position, contact Dr. Yufang Jin (yujin@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Sensing and Environmental Data Science’

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement- nondiscrimination/

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Geography, Forestry, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Hydrology, Geospatial science, Data Science, Applied Statistics, or other related field by the anticipated start date

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
(These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

  • Excellent quantitative skills, such as applied statistics and machine learning; Solid programming skills (e.g., Python, R, or Matlab);
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze large complex datasets;
  • Demonstrated research capabilities required to carry out independent, innovative and insightful research;
  • Strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, and conference presentations; Strong interest in interdisciplinary studies;
  • Willingness to collaborate and ability to work successfully in a team environment.

Preferred qualifications
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (not required):

  • Familiarity with GIS and image processing software such as ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS, and ENVI;
  • Experience working with remote sensing data, including airborne or spaceborne multispectral, hyperspectral, lidar or radar data; Experience in data fusion and data-model integration.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. Cover Letter - (one page)
  • Graduate school transcripts - (unofficial copies acceptable)
  • 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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • (Optional)
  • Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04286
Help contact: anlee@ucdavis.edu

 Assistant Project Scientist - JPF4217

Posted: June 8,  2021

POSITION DESCRIPTION

I. RESEARCH (90%)
Research activity (50%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research areas of extreme weather, climate change, climate model evaluation, and weather impacts. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Grant Acquisition (20%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports

as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

Publication activities (20%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• A PhD degree in atmospheric science, climate dynamics, or other related field.
• Postdoctoral experience in climate model evaluation.
• Experience analyzing standard climate datasets (e.g. CMIP, CORDEX, LOCA, etc.)
• Significant experience with statistical methods for climate data analysis
• Experience working with standard precipitation metrics (ETCCDI indices, intensity-duration- frequency curves, etc.)
• Experience in connecting atmospheric dynamical patterns to local extremes
• Strong quantitative background
• Excellent statistical and programming skills, using big data and multivariate analysis of large data sets.
• Experience with standard statistical analysis software (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, GrADS)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.
• Experience in writing proposals and a good track record in research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience).
• Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel and communication skills.

SALARY RANGE: Salary and Step dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience. This position will be recruited at the Assistant Rank.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Starting ASAP. Appointment percentage may be up to 100% or may be part- time based on funding. Initial appointment length will be for a minimum of 1-Year and may be extended dependent upon progress and funding.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF04217. Candidates need to submit:
1. Cover Letter, describing your research interests,
2. Curriculum Vitae,
3. Publication List,
4. copies of your three most important publications,
5. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and
6. names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications after closing date indicated at the UC-Recruit job link. Applications received after closing date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

This position will remain open until filled.

For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please contact metroap@ucdavis.edu.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Paul Ullrich email to paullrich@ucdavis.edu.

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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the
selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Postdoctoral Scholar: Remote Sensing (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis)

Open date: April 6th, 2021

Last review date: Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Postdoctoral Scholar: Remote Sensing (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) Job number: JPF04111
Home department: LAND AIR & WATER RESOURCES (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing

We are seeking a highly motivated, organized, and dynamic scientist to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher position in remote sensing at the University of California, Davis (UCD) to work on a project titled: “Development of a Low-Cost and Accessible Evapotranspiration Toolkit for Irrigation Management of Almonds and Other Woody Tree Crops.” The incumbent will work within a large collaborative group of scientists and faculty from the Departments of Land Air and Water Resources (LAWR) and Viticulture and Enology (V&E) at UC Davis and from multiple USDA-ARS units, including the Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit (Davis, CA), the Sustainable Agricultural Water Systems Research Unit (Davis, CA), and the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory (Beltsville, MD). The incumbent will also work closely with government agencies and local stakeholders, particularly almond and grape growers throughout the California Central Valley.
Efforts of the Remote Sensing Postdoctoral Researcher will be directed toward the application of land surface and

hydrologic models using satellite and aerial imagery for estimating evapotranspiration, soil moisture, bio- meteorological and plant physiological characteristics and compare model output with ground truth data. Objectives include refining algorithms to more effectively manage irrigation inputs in woody perennial crops over large acreages
while accounting for spatial variability within fields. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to collaborate with UAV/drone imagery specialist and work closely with UCD researchers and faculty affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Next Generation Food Systems (AIFS) to develop cloud computing and machine learning techniques designed for near-real-time irrigation strategy, forecasted water use information, and within season yield prediction.
RESPONSIBILITIES

90%

  1. Develop and refine remote sensing-based algorithms to more effectively manage irrigation strategy in almond orchards.
  2. Develop near-real-time workflows for decision support.
  3. Build scalable systems designed for regional applications.
  4. Develop and pursue new approaches related to the integration of remote sensing and machine learning for precision agriculture.
  5. Prepare manuscripts for publication.
  6. Coordinate project group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors.
  7. Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals

10%

  1. Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. A Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Geography, Earth Science, Climatology, Hydrology, Computer Science or a closely related field by start date.
  2. Strong computer skills including demonstrated proficiency in remote sensing image processing (Landsat, Sentinel, VIIRS, Planet, etc.) using image processing software and computer languages such as Python, R, and/or Matlab.
  3. Demonstrated ability to apply remote sensing imagery in natural ecosystems or agricultural settings.
  4. Experience managing large datasets.
  5. Field work experience or interest.
  6. Professional knowledge of and the ability to integrate information from hydrology, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing, physics, plant physiology, statistics, computer modeling and biophysical retrievals/canopy radiative transfer models.
  7. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  8. Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  9. The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  10. Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.

Job location: Davis, CA
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Anticipated start: Start dates are flexible, but Summer 2021 is strongly preferred.

Position duration: 2 years initially with the possibility of additional years pending availability of funding.

Percent time: The position is 100%.
Rank/Step: TBD

Application / How to Apply:
To apply, please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04111 (https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04111)]
Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter (one page)
  2. Optional - Contributions to justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion statement - one page, guidelines at [https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement (https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement)]
  3. CV
  4. Names and contact information for 2 references familiar with your work.
  5. Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).

Contact:
For further information about the position, contact Dr. Kyle Knipper (kyle.knipper@usda.gov (mailto:kyle.knipper@usda.gov)) with ‘Post-doctoral Research position: Remote Sensing’.
The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. [https://www.ucdavis.edu/statementnondiscrimination/ (https://www.ucdavis.edu/statementnondiscrimination/)]

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Document requirements

(Optional)

 

Reference requirements

  • required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04111 (https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04111)
Help contact: anlee@ucdavis.edu (mailto:anlee@ucdavis.edu)

Jr. Specialist, Sustainable Agricultural Water Management Research Group in LAWR, UC Davis (JPF04109)

Posted. April 12, 2021

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California is seeking a highly motivated individual to coordinate and conduct agricultural field research projects from commodity boards such as the Almond Board of California and California Walnut Board, state (e.g., CDFA) and federal funded programs (e.g., USDA).

We’re seeking an agricultural engineer, environmental engineer, hydrologist or other related background to join our research team studying water management and irrigation engineering. This position will help answer questions posed by some of California Agriculture’s biggest players including state regulatory agencies and private industry organizations. A primary focus of the project is in developing innovative methods for progressive farmers to manage water more efficienctly. The Jr. Specialist will be instructed on novel plant water sensing technologies. The successful candidate must have an interest in participating as a team member in a multidisciplinary project, and to travel to research sites three to four days a week, on sometimes short notice.

Job Location: Davis, California

Under the supervision of Dr. Isaya Kisekka, the Junior Specialist will perform the following duties.

Research (90%)

  • Collect data from field experiments (data-loggers, sampling).
  • Fabricate and maintain instrumentation for field experiments
  • Manage safety needs of staff in the field and when using heavy equipment
  • Ability to make independent decisions when collecting and processing data
  • Execute innovative field and laboratory experimental design and methods
  • Organize and present data to project managers
  • Assist with quarterly reports as well as dissemination of results
  • Use UC Pre-purchasing systems to procure parts and supplies for lab and experiments
  • Participation in regular lab meetings
  • Organize meetings and facilitate information flow between P.I.s for multi-departmental projects
  • Exercise independent judgment in organizing, coordinating and distributing work to staff
  • Establish and maintain relations between owner of project site and researchers
  • Regular and fluent communication with the PI and graduate students
  • Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
  • Contribution to scholarly scientific manuscripts from the lab, by writing methods, creating figures and performing statistical analyses on the data collected

Professional Competence (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to attend and present at regular laboratory group meetings, attend seminars at the university, and local scientific and extension meetings to present data. Examples of meetings where the candidate would present are: Fertilizer Research and Education Project annual meeting, the California Plant and Soil annual conference, the annual meetings of the American Geophysical Union and the Soil Science Society of America and specific industry meetings such as the Almond Board annual meeting.

University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate lab assistants working in the lab.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor's degree in agricultural science, engineering, hydrology or other related background or a related field [must have degree by the time of the appointment].
    [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
  • At least 1 year of experience in performing agricultural related field work.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

SKILLS/ KNOWLEDGE:

  • Agricultural farming operations.
  • Equipment procurement systems.
  • Keep and maintain inventory of supplies.
  • Communicate orally and in writing.
  • Standard/safe laboratory and field practices.
  • Standard protocols regarding safely working in an agricultural environment.
  • Data management

ABILITIES:

  • Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Enter and record data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with diverse teams/growers.
  • Be able to troubleshoot and make new decisions during changing conditions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Working long hours in extreme weather conditions.
  • Travel away from home for periods of time
  • Handling and moving heavy items and equipment.
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds to chest height.
  • Ergonomic hazards including heavy lifting, repetitive motions, awkward motions, crushing or pinching injuries etc.
  • Exposure to agricultural herbicides and pesticides.
  • Exposure to hazardous laboratory chemicals.
  • Climb ladders to work on top of machinery and with equipment in tight, confined areas.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate motor vehicles.

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Appointment will start on June 1st 2021. Initial appointment percentage and length will be based on funding and programmatic need; may be part-time. Appointment may be extended dependent upon progress and funding.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04109]. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by the indicated Next review date. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Iael Raij-Hoffman via email to iraij@ucdavis.edu.

Relevant Websites:
https://www.lawr.ucdavis.edu/
http://kisekka.ucdavis.edu/

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Jr. Specialist, Sustainable Agricultural Water Management Research Group in LAWR, UC Davis (JPF04109)

Posted April 7, 2021

POSITION BACKGROUND

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California is seeking a highly motivated individual to coordinate and conduct agricultural field research projects from commodity boards such as the Almond Board of California and California Walnut Board, state (e.g., CDFA) and federal funded programs (e.g., USDA).

We’re seeking an agricultural engineer, environmental engineer, hydrologist or other related background to join our research team studying water management and irrigation engineering. This position will help answer questions posed by some of California Agriculture’s biggest players including state regulatory agencies and private industry organizations. A primary focus of the project is in developing innovative methods for progressive farmers to manage water more efficienctly. The Jr. Specialist will be instructed on novel plant water sensing technologies. The successful candidate must have an interest in participating as a team member in a multidisciplinary project, and to travel to research sites three to four days a week, on sometimes short notice.

Job Location:  Davis, California

Position Description

Under the supervision of  Dr. Isaya Kisekka, the Junior Specialist will perform the following duties.

Research (90%)
•    Collect data from field experiments (data-loggers, sampling).
•    Fabricate and maintain instrumentation for field experiments
•    Manage safety needs of staff in the field and when using heavy equipment
•    Ability to make independent decisions when collecting and processing data
•    Execute innovative field and laboratory experimental design and methods
•    Organize and present data to project managers
•    Assist with quarterly reports as well as dissemination of results
•    Use UC Pre-purchasing systems to procure parts and supplies for lab and experiments    
•    Participation in regular lab meetings
•    Organize meetings and facilitate information flow between P.I.s for multi-departmental projects
•    Exercise independent judgment in organizing, coordinating and distributing work to staff
•    Establish and maintain relations between owner of project site and researchers
•    Regular and fluent communication with the PI and graduate students
•    Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
•    Contribution to scholarly scientific manuscripts from the lab, by writing methods, creating figures and performing statistical analyses on the data collected

Professional Competence (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to attend and present at regular laboratory group meetings, attend seminars at the university, and local scientific and extension meetings to present data. Examples of meetings where the candidate would present are: Fertilizer Research and Education Project annual meeting, the California Plant and Soil annual conference, the annual meetings of the American Geophysical Union and the Soil Science Society of America and specific industry meetings such as the Almond Board annual meeting.

University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate lab assistants working in the lab.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
•    A Bachelor's degree in agricultural science, engineering, hydrology or other related background or a related field [must have degree by the time of the appointment].
[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.]  (See APM-UCD 330)
•    At least 1 year of experience in performing agricultural related field work.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
SKILLS/ KNOWLEDGE:
•    Agricultural farming operations.
•    Equipment procurement systems.
•    Keep and maintain inventory of supplies.
•    Communicate orally and in writing.
•    Standard/safe laboratory and field practices.
•    Standard protocols regarding safely working in an agricultural environment.
•    Data management

ABILITIES:
•    Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
•    Enter and record data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines.
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
•    Work with diverse teams/growers.
•    Be able to troubleshoot and make new decisions during changing conditions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
•    Working long hours in extreme weather conditions.
•    Travel away from home for periods of time
•    Handling and moving heavy items and equipment.
•    Be able to lift 50 pounds to chest height.
•    Ergonomic hazards including heavy lifting, repetitive motions, awkward motions, crushing or pinching injuries etc.
•    Exposure to agricultural herbicides and pesticides.
•    Exposure to hazardous laboratory chemicals.
•    Climb ladders to work on top of machinery and with equipment in tight, confined areas.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate motor vehicles.

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  Appointment will start on June 1st 2021. Initial appointment percentage and length will be based on funding and programmatic need; may be part-time. Appointment may be extended dependent upon progress and funding.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04109].  Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.  

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by the indicated Next review date. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Iael Raij-Hoffman via email to iraij@ucdavis.edu.

Relevant Websites:
https://www.lawr.ucdavis.edu/
http://kisekka.ucdavis.edu/

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (https://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

 

 

 

UC Davis Dept. of LAWR, Dahlke Laboratory - Assistant Specialist  JPF04095

Posted March 31, 2021

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our team in a position as Assistant Specialist at the UC Davis Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, Dahlke Laboratory.

Job Location: Davis, California

BACKGROUND

The Dahlke Laboratory undertakes research to improve mechanistic understanding of flow and transport processes in agricultural and mountainous landscapes in California and across the globe. We are studying water and biogeochemical cycles through ground-based measurements, stochastic analysis and numerical modeling. We are interested in identifying shifts and thresholds in the hydrology and biogeochemistry of these systems to advance our predictive ability and to support planning and resource management decisions. Research topics include:

  • Assessing the feasibility of winter flooding of agricultural fields for groundwater recharge
  • Measuring the flow processes of recharge water and their effect on the transport of pollutants including nitrogen, pesticides, arsenic, etc.
  • Modeling the effect of winter recharge on local- to regional-scale water balances
  • Modeling water quality as impacted by pesticide and nutrient inputs on agricultural fields
  • Estimating forest management practices on nutrient fluxes from mountainous watersheds
  • Examining social and economic factors affecting water resources management decisions

Appointee to the Assistant Specialist will be required to conduct laboratory and field studies on university- and privately owned land from cooperating growers. The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. They will also have demonstrated the attention to detail required to successfully collect, organize, and store field- and laboratory-collected data, as well as to communicate critical project needs, changes, or challenges to senior staff and faculty in a collaborative setting.

Under the supervision of Dr. Helen Dahlke, the duties of this position are designated to the following criteria:

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90% EFFORT)
    • Laboratory analysis of soil and water samples (60%)

      Be responsible for conducting laboratory and fieldwork as part of a research team in a project that is measuring a suite of soil and hydrologic parameters in the fields and assessing field collected samples and data in laboratory analysis. Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving the use of field-collected data in numerical models. Conduct research and outreach activities that showcase the feasibility of selected agricultural management practices to a variety of stakeholders.
      Details include the followings:

      • Assist in and independently perform soil sample analysis including soil texture, soil pH, EC and soil nitrate and soil carbon analysis
      • Organize and maintain a field site inventory and sensor maintenance program.
      • Develop and maintain a database of field-collected data, protocols of data quality and quality control.
      • Develop and maintain protocols for water sample analysis for nitrogen species, dissolved and particulate organic carbon, base cations/anions, gas sample analysis for CH4, N2O and CO2.
      • Visualize collected field and laboratory data using Grapher, Strater or other selected software packages.
      • Outreach the research outcomes to a wider audience by conducting workshops and presenting at conferences, and encourage various stakeholders to adopt the developed research findings.
    • Field deployment of soil, gas and water sensors (20%)
      • Assist in and independently deploy and maintain soil temperature, EC, redox potential, oxygen and moisture sensors in the field.
      • Assist in and independently deploy and maintain soil suction cups from different manufacturers (e.g. Irrometer, Soil Moisture Inc.).
      • Assist in the deployment and maintenance of gas flux chambers for measurement of CO2, CH4, N2O and NOx gasses
      • Contribute to the development of new technology for experimental use in the field and in the laboratory related to soil and hydrologic research
    • Publication and scientific literature research (10%)
      • Participate in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., reports and peer-reviewed journal articles).
      • Develop a thorough database of published works on the topic of vadose zone flow and transport of nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus, and pesticides under various agricultural management practices.
  • PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
    • Create and contribute to posters and/or oral presentations at stakeholder workshops, meetings with project partners and collaborators, and others including workshops led by California state agencies.
    • Participate in outreach activities including grower demonstration and field days to extend the usability of the developed knowledge.
  • UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
    • May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
    • The incumbent may assist in training or mentoring of other junior scientists or project personnel or participate in university or other groups to improve equity and inclusion in the sciences.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • For Assistant Specialist: Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Environmental Science or a related field, or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.
  • Laboratory and/or field experience in soil science, hydrology, and/or hydrogeology related research.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience deploying, managing, and decommissioning environmental sensors from different manufacturers.
  • Experience with soil laboratory analysis methods and instruments.
  • Experience with statistical data analysis tools (e.g. Strater, Grapher, Surfer, GIS).
  • Experience in working in a laboratory setting and knowledge of basic laboratory safety standards.
  • Experience and willingness to work outdoors under warm temperature for extended hours of time (up to 8 hours per day).
  • Experience and willingness to perform physically demanding work (e.g. soil and water sampling, sensor installation) that requires candidate to equipment with a weight up to 25 kg.
  • Proficiency in both written and verbal English and Spanish.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Starting ASAP. Initial appointment percentage and length will be based on funding and programmatic need; may be part-time. Appointment may be extended dependent upon progress and funding.
SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience.
APPLICATION DETAILS:
TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04095]. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files by the indicated Next review date.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Helen Dahlke via email hdahlke@ucdavis.edu.

Relevant Websites: https://www.lawr.ucdavis.edu/ https://dahlke.ucdavis.edu/

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: [http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct].

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available [http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify]. UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus [http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/].

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Analytics (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) (JPF03940)

Posted December 18, 2020

Two post-doctoral positions are available at the Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change Lab, the University of California Davis. We are seeking scholars who are experienced in remote sensing and are passionate about AI/Machine learning, sustainable agriculture, wildland-urban interface, and/or ecosystem dynamics. We are interested in working with a motivated scholar who can think creatively and practically about solution-based remote sensing and “big data” applications in natural ecosystems and/or agriculture. Strong quantitative background is preferred.

This position is based at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate statewide with scholars from multiple UC Campuses, as part of a NASA LCLUC project, and two multi-institution projects funded by the California Strategic Growth Council and NSF. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Yufang Jin ( yujin@ucdavis.edu). Within overarching project goals, the candidates will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting. Mentorship will focus on helping the candidates to meet their professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.

RESPONSIBILITIES

90%: Conduct applied research on

  • Develop and validate algorithms to map vegetation properties and/or building footprints from multi-source imagery
  • Build statistical models to predict key ecosystem services and functions, e.g., wildfire risk, water stress, and agriculture production across scales
  • Develop automatic workflow for decision support
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Develop and pursue new research directions related to integrated RS and AI approaches in natural and/or agricultural landscapes
  • Coordinate project group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors
  • Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals

10%: Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach

QUALIFICATIONS:

Degree Requirement

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Geography, Forestry, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Hydrology, or other related natural science field by start date

Additional (These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

  • Experience in remote sensing image processing, such as Landsat, Sentinel, MODIS, VIIRS, Planet, hyperspectral, LiDAR, Radar, and/or UAV/drone technique
  • Strong quantitative expertise, such as in applied statistics and machine learning.
  • Solid programming skills such as Python, R, or Matlab
  • Demonstrated ability to apply remote sensing imagery to large scale monitoring and/or modeling in natural ecosystems, agriculture, and/or wildland and urban interface
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research
  • Strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, and conference presentations
  • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectivelyacross disciplines

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (not required):

  • Familiarity with ENVI and GIS
  • Familiarity with mediterranean ecosystems

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university
staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
The position is 100% for 12 months initially, may be renewed based on funding and contingent on satisfactory progress.

Review of applications will begin January 15th, 2021. The position will remain open until filled, with a preferred start date of March 1st, 2021 (with option to start remotely and move to CA as soon as possible).

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03940.
Applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter (one page)
  • Contributions to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion statement (one page, guidelines at https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writingdiversity- statement)
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for 3 references familiar with your work
  • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).

CONTACT
For further information about the position, contact Dr. Yufang Jin (yujin@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing & Machine Learning’

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. https://www.ucdavis.edu/statementnondiscrimination...

Assistant Project Scientist for The Lybrand Lab, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis (JPF03934)

Posted December 17, 2020

The Lybrand Lab, through the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California Davis, is searching for an Assistant Project Scientist to make significant and creative contributions to researchin biogeochemistry, soil mineralogy, and pedology, using closed-loop and field-deployed weathering reactors, high resolution microscopy, biogeochemical technology, and mineralogical approaches. Responsibilities will include: i) designing and implementing research studies, by producing granular rock substrates, precharacterizing rock materials, selecting sites, and deploying samples in the field; ii) developing bioreactors and controlled environmental systems to perform weathering experiments, and iii) writing original manuscripts. The Assistant Project Scientist, under the supervision of Principle Investigator, Dr. Rebecca Lybrand, and in collaboration with our research team, will engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including the design and development of experimental systems for use in laboratory and field environments; sample analysis; data acquisition; statistical analysis, interpretation of results; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual, with the appropriate background/experience and creative energy, to interact with project collaborators and work independently with minimal supervision.

Candidate should have a PhD Degree in Biological Sciences, Biogeochemistry, or related field. Experience in developing closed-loop experimental systems in the context of astrobiology or the geosciences is required. >Candidate should have demonstrated experience with leading field campaigns in remote areas; performing plant root analyses, grinding and characterizing rock substrates, and strong analytical laboratory skills in microscopy, elemental analysis, and ion chromatography. Candidate should have good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills. Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. RESEARCH (90%)
Research activity (50%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research areas of biogeochemistry,astrobiology, and soil science. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the candidate may supervisestudents or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-upexperiments.

Grant Acquisition (20%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

Publication activities (20%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets
either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD degree in Biological Sciences, Biogeochemistry, or other related field (by time of appointment).
  • Postdoc experience in applications of biogeochemistry, astrobiology, and soil science in natural ecosystems and controlled laboratory environments,
  • Experience in designing and developing closed-loop experimental systems that would be used to conduct controlled abiotic and biotic mineral weathering experiments,
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze samples generated from conducting research with closed experimental systems including the use of sequential extractions and mass balance analysis,
  • Strong quantitative background,
  • Excellent statistical and programming skills, using big data and multivariate analyses of large data sets,
  • Experience in planning and leading field campaigns in remote areas including the ability to select sites, collect site data, deploy samples and equipment, use portable XRD and other field instruments, relocate sites following deployment to retrieve samples, and accomplish the established aims of each field expedition in a safe, organized manner,
  • Demonstrated ability to develop innovative technologies to address research objectives that involve the design and development of bioweathering reactors for lab and field deployment,
  • Experience in performing plant root analysis including the ability to independently develop a microscopy method to assess fungal hyphal length or other related properties associated with samples,
  • Demonstrated ability to produce clean, sterile granular rock substrates that will be deployed in mineral weathering experiments,
  • Experience in pre-characterizing granular rock materials using high resolution microscopy techniques (e.g., electron microprobe analysis, synchrotron X-ray diffraction),
  • Experience working with and mentoring students in a research environment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally,
  • Experience in writing proposals and a good track record in research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience),
  • Expertise in programming, including R and/or MatLab,
  • Experiences in image processing and GIS softwares, including Adobe Photoshop, ACDsee Canvas, and ArcGIS,
  • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel- and communication- skills.

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Starting ASAP. Initial appointment percentage and length will be based on
funding and programmatic need; may be part-time. Appointment may be extended dependent upon progress
and funding.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03934.
Candidates need to submit:

  1. Cover Letter, describing your research interests,
  2. Curriculum Vitae,
  3. Publication List,
  4. copies of your three most important publications,
  5. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and
  6. 6names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications after closing date indicated at the UC-Recruit job
link. Applications received after closing date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

This position will remain open until filled.

For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please contact
metroap@ucdavis.edu.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Rebecca Lybrand email to
ralybrand@ucdavis.edu.

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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and ControlAct of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Jr. Specialist for Horwath Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling Lab, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF03873)

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Soil Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling team starting January 2021. The successful candidate will support our team working on projects related to sustainable soil management (e.g. cover cropping and compost application) and soil health in various specialty crop production systems in California. The Junior Specialist will work closely with graduate students, extension specialists, postdoc scholars and growers to support our investigation of resource use efficiency and climate change mitigation potential of the practices of winter cover cropping and compost application. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) field collection of soil, plant and gas samples, 2) lab analysis of chemical and physical soil health indicators, 3) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.

I. Research in specialized areas (90%)
45% Lab analysis include preparation of field equipment to be used for sampling

  • Prepare exetainers, labels, date sheets, needles, syringes, thermometry and replacement chamber parts for field gas sampling.
  • Prepare supplies for soil and plant sampling as required
  • Conduct soil C and N pools, pH and moisture analysis
  • Conduct Plant biomass and nutrient (N) analysis
  • Analyze gas samples using gas chrometerography (GC)
  • Analyze, synthesize, and manage collected data
  • Conduct lab safety training of new members
  • Maintain lab equipment and general lab organization

35% Field work

  • Semi-regular soil and plant sampling in tomato and other crop systems (1+ times per month)
  • Chamber based gas flux measurements: set-up, associated factors measured (temp primarily, but also management and field condition notes), take gas samples from chambers placed on soil, soil samples taken (biweekly or more).
  • Soil health factors: composite sampling in the field for other soil health indicators (annually)
  • Soil physical properties: bulk density, infiltration, aggregate stability, etc. (annually)

10% Literature Review and Writing

  • Conduct literature search for relevant articles to soil biogeochemistry, soil health and nutrient cycling.
  • Work with PIs, graduate students and other members in the research team to plan and execute research projects
  • Participate in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results
  • Help write and review manuscripts for journal publication

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to participate local meetings, scientific discussions and
seminars and co-author posters with a focus on topics relevant to the project.

III. University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the
laboratory and communicate with our stakeholders

BASIC QUALITIFCATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Soil Science, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline from an accredited US or international institution, by the time of the appointment.
    [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. Therefore, consideration will be given to applicants with bachelor’s degrees with less than 1-2 years’ relevant work experience] (See APM-UCD 330)
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyzer data

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • -Experience in lab and field based chemical and physical analysis based on established protocols
  • Experience in synthesizing of data based on instruction of the Principal Investigator or their designee(s).
  • Ability to use computer-based equipment to run analysis and synthesize data.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Time management and planning—to assure deadlines are met and field and lab-based work is completed and delivered to the PI.

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $44,500 annually [100%] plus benefits.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (100%) for 1-year, start by January 1, 2021 (or sooner)
– December 31, 2021, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon
satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03873.
Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Optional - Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position,
  2. Curriculum Vitae (resume) - Your most recently updated C.V., and
  3. References - contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by the “Next review date”. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Xia Zhu-Barker (wyjzhu@ucdavis.edu) or William R.
Horwath (wrhorwath@ucdavis.edu) via email.
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:
https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_...

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in theImmigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More
information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify. UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Assistant Specialist in Agricultural Geographic Information System (AGIS) Laboratory, LAWR - UC Davis (JPF03802)

Posted: October 2, 2020

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our team in a position as Assistant Specialist at the UC Davis Dept. of LAWR, AGIS Laboratory.

BACKGROUND ABOUT AGIS

The Agricultural Geographic Information System (AGIS) Laboratory undertakes research related to the environmental compatibility of agricultural production systems, landscape ecology and conservation biology. We emphasize the understanding of spatial and temporal variations of each concerned parameter. Research topics include:

  • Modeling water quality as impacted by pesticide and nutrient inputs for watershed management
  • Exploring the pesticide use trends and patterns for pesticide management
  • Mapping biofuel and bioenergy crop, agave distributions and analyzing its habitat associations and marginal lands
  • Characterizing water resources and water use in urban and agriculture sectors
  • Examining social and economic factors affecting pest management decisions
  • Identifying crop-disease infections for precision disease management.

Appointee to the Assistant Specialist will be required to conduct lab studies with computer programming. The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. They will also have demonstrated the attention to detail required to successfully collect, organize, and store data, as well as to communicate critical project needs, changes, or challenges to senior staff and faculty in a collaborative setting.

Under the supervision of Dr. Minghua Zhang, the duties of this position are designated to the following criteria:

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90% EFFORT)
    • Research Collaboration (75%)

      Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving the use of publicly available climatic, land use and soil databases. Conduct research and outreach activities that emphasize the use of integrating simulation models with the available spatial databases. Details include the followings:

      1. Develop a conceptual framework to evaluate the potential environmental exposures of pesticide on a user assigned field.
      2. Develop online interactive decision support tool to integrate exposure modeling with spatial databases.
      3. Develop a modeling system comprised of: (a) exposure models for BMP, conservation practices evaluation at field and watershed scales; (b) real-time data processing utilities for model input and outputs.
      4. Design a web-based modeling tool for assessing effectiveness of BMPs in controlling pesticide pollution at both paddy field and dryland field.
      5. Provide programming and GIS expertise as contributions to publications.
      6. Evaluate data visualization approaches and online outreach strategies.
      7. Manage and maintain the tool during the project time.
      8. Evaluate and package website use statistics
      9. Outreach the research outcomes to a wider audience by conducting workshops and presenting at conferences, and encourage various stakeholders to use the developed tool for potential risk screening and BMP selections in order to reduce pesticide offsite movement.
      10. Publication (15%)
      11. Communicate project outcomes as lead author or co-author in a variety of written formats (e.g. pier reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, or blogs)
      12. Report to a technical advisor committee (TAC) comprised of representatives from potential user communities and take feedbacks for improving the web-based tool.
  • PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
    • Create and contribute to posters and/or oral presentations at stakeholder workshops, professional societies and conferences such as American Geophysical Union, and others including workshops led by California state agencies.
    • Participate in outreach workshops to extend the usability of the developed framework.
  • UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
    • May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
    • The incumbent may assist in training or mentoring of other junior scientists or project personnel or participate in university or other groups to improve equity and inclusion in the sciences.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • For Assistant Specialist: Master’s degree in GIS, Computer Sciences, Software Engineering (or similar relevant discipline), or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization; OR possession of a relevant baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of research experience.
  • Experience in laboratory research.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
  • Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in programming languages (R, SQL, Python) to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Experience in Windows and Linux operation system.
  • Experience in ESRI ArcGIS or QGIS in analyzing Geo-spatial data.
  • Experience in database developing using mySQL or PostgreSQL.
  • Experience in developing the web-based Graphic User Interface via PHP, html, java, python and PostgreSQL.
  • Experience in remotely working and meeting.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Part-time. Appointment will vary in length up to a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding and performance.
SALARY RANGE (commensurate with qualifications and experience):

  • Asst. Specialist, Step I - $53,300
  • Asst. Specialist, Step II - $55,500

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03802]. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files by the indicated Next review date.

Appointments will vary in length up to a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding and performance.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Minghua Zhang via email mhzhang@ucdavis.edu.

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: [http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct].

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available [http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify]. UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus [http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/].

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Jr. Specialist, for Nutrient Management Lab Group, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF03699)

Posted: Aug 13, 2020

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to contribute to applied research projects in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The successful candidate will join the nutrient management lab group in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis. The candidate will support our team working on different projects focusing on crop nitrogen uptake and fertilization, as well as soil health in annual cropping systems in California.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This position has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical and specialized expertise (e.g. with instrumentation and research equipment) in the planning and execution of research activities within applied research projects. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Junior Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and outreach programs. The Junior Specialist main tasks and responsibilities are outlined below.

Research (90%)

The Junior Specialist will be involved in research projects focusing on crop nitrogen uptake and removal at harvest as well as soil nitrogen turnover and soil health field crop and vegetable systems across the state of California. This position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities such as data collection, data QA/QC, data entry, data synthesis and analysis. General responsibilities include field work and laboratory analyses on plant and soil samples that will contribute to the lab group's outreach activities and lead to scientific manuscripts. Field work will consist of collecting soil and plant samples in commercial fields of participating growers as well as in field trials at UC Davis. The Junior Specialist will process the samples in the laboratory and analyze the soil (methods include ammonium and nitrate concentrations, total carbon and nitrogen, and measures of soil health) and plant samples (methods include total biomass, total fruit biomass, and nitrogen concentration in the different plant parts). The results will be compiled into a database by the Junior Specialist.

The ultimate goal of these studies is to provide growers and crop advisors with science-based data on crop nitrogen uptake and removal to help meet regulatory requirements and to support their fertilization decisions and thereby reduce the risk of groundwater contamination with nitrate. The Junior Specialist will review reports and manuscripts prior to submission, help write sections that they worked on, such as field data collection and laboratory methods, and will engage in discussions on the interpretation of results. The Junior Specialist will either have co-authorship or be credited in the acknowledgement section of published manuscripts, scientific talks, outreach presentations and posters.

Professional Competence (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to attend seminars at the university, local scientific conferences, such as the CDFA-Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Conference, as well as local University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) meetings with a focus on topics relevant to the project.

University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities

  • Analyze soil and plant samples in the laboratory. Training on the methods used will be provided.
  • Collect soil and plant samples in agricultural fields located in California.
  • Enter data into spreadsheets. Depending on experience, the junior specialist may also contribute to data analysis and writing reports.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or a related field by the time of the appointment. [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. Therefore, consideration
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

will be given to applicants with bachelor’s degrees with less than 1-2 years’ relevant work experience] (See APM-UCD 330)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $44,500.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by August 30, 2020. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (100%) for 1 year, starting October 12, 2020, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03699. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Daniel Geisseler via email to djgeisseler@ucdavis.edu.

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please

Postdoctoral Position in Hydrology & Soil Science (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) (JPF03703)

Posted: Aug 7, 2020

Climate-Smart Irrigation and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in California’s Central Valley

The Nocco Conservation Irrigation Lab and Scow Soil Microbial Ecology Labs at the University of California Davis are seeking a postdoctoral scholar for a 2-year project who is passionate about agricultural water+energy sustainability, “smart” irrigation management, and engaging with stakeholders. We are interested in working with an experienced field scientist who can think creatively and practically about what it is going to take to implement both short-term and long-term coupled water and energy saving strategies in California’s Central Valley.

The successful candidate will lead sensor- driven field studies to evaluate several different decision support tools for irrigation. The evaluations and supporting data will be made available to California growers and food-energy-water stakeholders through a public web platform in order to provide detailed, comprehensive, and generalizable comparisons of different irrigation decision

support tools and stimulate more widespread adoption of smart irrigation practices, reducing California’s overall energy and water use, while maintaining food production. Within overarching project goals, the candidate will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting.

This position is based at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, a research center within the University of California, Davis, and the selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate statewide with scholars at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Energy Solutions, and the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at UC Berkeley, as part of a multi-institution project funded by the California Energy Commission. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Mallika Nocco (manocco@ucdavis.edu). Mentorship will focus on helping you meet your professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 90%: Conduct fundamental research on soil-plant-water relations in irrigated Central Valley systems
    • Prepare and deploy sensors to monitor evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and soil water potential in plot and on-farm experiments
    • Measure stem water potential, photosynthesis, and stomatal conductance
    • Estimate coupled water-energy budgets using agroecosystem models
    • Coordinate project advisory group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors
    • Prepare manuscripts for publication
    • Develop and pursue new research directions related to water in agricultural landscapes
    • Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
  • 10%: Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach within the UC Davis and greater California agriculture community

QUALIFICATIONS:

Degree Requirement

  • Ph.D. in soil science, agroecology, plant physiology, irrigation management, agrohydrology, or field related to soil-plant-water relations by start date
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers
  • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research.
  • Expertise in soil moisture, tension, and evapotranspiration measurements
  • Strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, extension work, and conference presentations;

Additional (These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (not required):

  • Familiarity with subsurface drip irrigation systems
  • Familiarity with mediterranean cropping systems
  • Experience validating soil hydrologic models using field measurements
  • Well-developed data processing skills, including experience with R and/or Python
  • Experience with remote sensing of evapotranspiration

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT

 

The position is 100% for 12 months initially, may be renewed based on funding and contingent on satisfactory progress.

Review of applications will begin August 24, 2020. The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of October 1, 2020 with option to start remotely and move to CA in time for the 2021 field season.

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY

 

  • To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03703. Applicants should submit the following:
    • Cover letter (one page)
    • Contributions to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion statement (one page, guidelines at https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing- diversity-statement)
    • CV
    • Names and contact information for 3 references familiar with your work
    • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).

CONTACT

For further information about the position, contact Dr. Mallika Nocco (manocco@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Hydrology & Soil Science’

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement-nondiscrimination/https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement-nondiscrimination/

Junior Specialist 1 - Nutrient Management Lab Group

Posted: March 19, 2020

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to contribute to applied research projects in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The successful candidate will join the nutrient management lab group in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis. The candidate will support our team working on different projects focusing on crop nitrogen uptake and fertilization, as well as soil health in annual cropping systems in California.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This position has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical and specialized expertise (e.g. with instrumentation and research equipment) in the planning and execution of research activities within applied research projects. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Junior Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and outreach programs. The Junior Specialist main tasks and responsibilities are outlined below.

I. Research (90%)

The Junior Specialist will be involved in research projects focusing on crop nitrogen uptake and removal at harvest as well as soil nitrogen turnover and soil health field crop and vegetable systems across the state of California. This position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities such as data collection, data QA/QC, data entry, data synthesis and analysis. General responsibilities include field work and laboratory analyses on plant and soil samples that will contribute to the lab group's outreach activities and lead to scientific manuscripts. Field work will consist of leading a crew to collect soil and plant samples in commercial fields of participating growers as well as in field trials at UC Davis. In addition, the Junior specialist will contribute to the harvest of fresh market tomatoes in a trial at UC Davis. The Junior Specialist will process the samples in the laboratory and analyze the soil (methods include ammonium and nitrate concentrations, total carbon and nitrogen, and measures of soil health) and plant samples (methods include total biomass, total fruit biomass, and nitrogen concentration in the different plant parts). The results will be compiled into a database by the Junior Specialist.

The ultimate goal of these studies is to provide growers and crop advisors with science-based data on crop nitrogen uptake and removal to help meet regulatory requirements and to support their fertilization decisions and thereby reduce the risk of groundwater contamination with nitrate. The Junior Specialist will review reports and manuscripts prior to submission, help write sections that they worked on, such as field data collection and laboratory methods, and will engage in discussions on the interpretation of results. The Junior Specialist will either have co-authorship or be credited in the acknowledgement section of published manuscripts, scientific talks, outreach presentations and posters.

II. Professional Competence (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to attend seminars at the university, local scientific conferences, such as the CDFA-Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Conference, as well as local

III. University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities

  • Analyze soil and plant samples in the laboratory. Training on the methods used will be provided.
  • Collect soil and plant samples in agricultural fields located in California.
  • Enter data into spreadsheets. Depending on experience, the junior specialist may also contribute to data analysis and writing reports.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or a related field by the time of the appointment. [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Analyze soil and plant samples in the laboratory. Training on the methods used will be provided.
  • Collect soil and plant samples in agricultural fields located in California.
  • Enter data into spreadsheets. Depending on experience, the junior specialist may also contribute to data analysis and writing reports.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or a related field by the time of the appointment. [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Valid driver's license.

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $42,300.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by May 4th 2020. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (100%) for 1 year, starting July 1st, 2020, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03474. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Daniel Geisseler via email to djgeisseler@ucdavis.edu.

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Post-doctoral research position: Hydrology & Soil Science (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis)

Posted: Jan 17, 2020

Smart Irrigation and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in California’s Central Valley The Nocco Conservation Irrigation Lab and Scow Soil Microbial Ecology Labs at the University of California Davis are seeking a postdoctoral scholar for a 2-year project who is passionate about agricultural water+energy sustainability and sensor-driven “smart” irrigation management. We are interested in working with an experienced field scientist who can think creatively and practically about what it is going to take to implement both short-term and long-term coupled water and energy saving strategies in California’s Central Valley.

The successful candidate will lead sensordriven field studies to evaluate several different smart irrigation strategies in both conventional and climate-smart agricultural systems. The evaluations and supporting data will be made available to California growers and food-energy-water stakeholders through a public web platform in order to provide detailed, comprehensive, and generalizable comparisons of different smart sensor platforms and stimulate more widespread adoption of smart irrigation practices, reducing California’s overall energy and water use, while maintaining food production. Within overarching project goals, the candidate will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting.

This position is based at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, a research center within the University of California, Davis, and the selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate statewide with scholars at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Energy Solutions, and the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at UC Berkeley, as part of a multi-institution project funded by the California Energy Commission. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Mallika Nocco (manocco@ucdavis.edu). Mentorship will focus on helping you meet your professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.

RESPONSIBILITIES
● 90%: Conduct fundamental research on soil-plant-water relations in irrigated Central Valley systems

  • Prepare and deploy sensors to monitor evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and soil water potential in plot and on-farm experiments o Measure stem water potential, photosynthesis, and stomatal conductance
  • Estimate coupled water-energy budgets using agroecosystem models
  • Coordinate project meetings
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Develop and pursue new research directions related to water in agricultural landscapes
  • Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals

● 10%: Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach within the UC Davis and greater California agriculture community

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ph.D. in soil science, agroecology, plant physiology, irrigation management, agrohydrology, or field related to soil-plant-water relations by start date
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers
  • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research.
  • expertise in soil moisture, tension, and evapotranspiration field measurements
  • strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, extension work, and conference presentations;

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Familiarity with subsurface drip irrigation systems
  • Familiarity with mediterranean cropping systems
  • Experience validating soil hydrologic models using field measurements
  • Well-developed data processing skills, including experience with R and/or Python

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
The position is 100% for 12 months initially, renewable for an additional 12-month period contingent on satisfactory progress.
Review of applications will begin February 15, 2020. The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of April 1, 2020 with some flexibility for the right candidate.

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY

● To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03364. Applicants should submit the following: ○ Cover letter (one page)

  • ○ Statement of contributions to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (one page, guidelines at https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writingdiversity-statement)
  • ○ CV
  • ○ Names and contact information for 3 references familiar with your work
  • ○ Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).

CONTACT For further information about the position, contact Dr. Mallika Nocco (manocco@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Hydrology & Soil Science

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. https://www.ucdavis.edu/statementnondiscrimination...

Aquatic Ecology & Biogeochemistry (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) (JPF03310)

Posted: December 3, 2019

The Hernes Lab at the University of California Davis is seeking to fill a post-doctoral researcher position for a 2-year project utilizing metagenomics and biomarker analyses to investigate the role of non-algal particles in the lower foodweb of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta (the Delta). In particular, the post-doctoral researcher will perform independent research linking wetland plant detritus with zooplankton survival and growth in a system where limited food availability has in part led to a precipitous decline in native pelagic fish species. In most estuarine systems, phytoplankton primary production is perceived as the major food source for zooplankton; however the Delta historically has low primary productivity, and recent studies have indicated that detritus may be a significant energy source in this system. Through field sampling, chemical characterization, and laboratory feeding experiments, the post-doctoral researcher will expand upon current knowledge of the role of detritus in zooplankton diet in the Delta. In addition, the post-doctoral researcher will implement, optimize, and promote a newlydeveloped
metagenomic analysis technique to assess algal and non-algal zooplankton diet preferences, and will also serve as the primary link between project collaborators specializing in aqueous biogeochemistry and molecular biology.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct feeding and survival experiments in conjunction with technician
  • Carry out biomarker analyses (lignin and fatty acids) to assess food quality
  • Carry out metagenomics analyses in conjunction with Co-PI Dr. Tomofumi Kurobe
  • Plan and participate in fieldwork sampling in the Delta
  • Coordinate project meetings
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in aquatic ecology, oceanography, environmental chemistry, limnology, or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers
  • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and
  • insightful research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Experience with biomarker analyses, with GC-MS expertise a plus.
  • Experience with ‘omics analyses, especially amplicon or shotgun metagenomics
  • Familiarity with large datasets, and well-developed data processing skills, including experience with Linux
  • Experience with zooplankton taxonomy, identification, and staging

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
The position is 100% for 12 months initially, renewable for an additional 12 month period
contingent on satisfactory progress.
The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of April 1, 2020 or sooner.

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03310. Applicants
should submit the following:
a) a one‐page cover letter,
b) CV and
c) names and contact information of at least 3 references familiar with your work.

CONTACT
Email any questions to Dr. Peter Hernes (pjhernes@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research
position: Aquatic Ecology & Biogeochemistry" in the subject.

Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science

Posted: November 1, 2019

Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science. The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science with a preferred emphasis in the intersections of big data and environmental science. This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (https://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aeshttps://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).

Responsibilities:

The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources is seeking applicants that focus on environmental research emphasizing environmental informatics using big data and geospatial approaches and analysis, with a goal to advance our understanding of spatial and temporal environmental patterns and processes, addressing natural and managed conditions.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in global environmental change. The candidate is expected to show a record of achievement in data science/geospatial approaches at the intersection of environmental science/management. The successful candidate should demonstrate experience with various big data and geospatial technologies, and have an interest in and ability to work with emerging “big data” sources and data mining methods, including new data sources and types, high resolution temporal and spatial data, developing and using machine learning and other quantitative methods to integrate, visualize and discover information from sensor networks, environmental databases, and disparate sources and types of geospatial and temporal data. The position will complement existing LAWR strengths in regional climatology, hydrology, and biogeochemical processes and campus‐wide excellence in ecology and environmental sciences. The candidate is expected to collaborate with environmentally relevant programs on campus and demonstrate experience and interest in working with interdisciplinary groups.

We seek a commitment to excellence in teaching. The applicant is expected to teach an undergraduate upper‐ level core GIS course, an additional upper‐level undergraduate environmental data science course, and a graduate level course in her/his area of expertise (average of 2.5 courses per year). Supervision of graduate students, student advising, curricular development is expected.

Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in environmental science, informatics, data science, soil science, hydrology, ecology, atmospheric science, geography, applied statistics, computer science or a closely related field. Post‐

 

doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in geospatial and environmental data science. The candidate must demonstrate interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity.

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:

Applicants should submit materials via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03266

The position will remain open until filled but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by

December 31st, 2019.

Required application materials include:

1) curriculum vitae including publication list,

2) up to three publications,

3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree,

4) statement of research accomplishments,

5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy,

6) statement of future research plans relevant to spatial and environmental data science,

7) statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and

8) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Yufang Jin, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair at:

yujin@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Assistant Project Scientist for The Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change Lab JPF03188

Posted: October 18, 2019

BACKGROUND: The Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change Lab, at UC Davis’ Land, Air, and Water Resources Department, focuses on improving our ability to monitor and understand ecosystem dynamics on a landscape scale. This provides support for more effective resource management, mitigation, and adaptation decisions. We are interested in how ecosystems respond to changing climate, fire disturbances, and management practices, and what the subsequent consequences are for energy, water, and carbon cycles. We primarily use remote sensing from satellites and airborne drones to monitor ecosystem dynamics, crop conditions and yields, and to study the associated drivers and feedbacks. Big data is transforming the ways

we explore rapidly changing ecosystems. By better monitoring and understanding ecological processes, we hope to provide advanced geospatial tools and deliver information for sustainable agriculture and natural resources.

INTRODUCTION:

The Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change Lab, through the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California Davis, is searching for two Assistant Project Scientists to make significant and creative contributions to research in landscape ecology and sustainable agriculture, using remote sensing, geospatial technology, and machine learning approaches. Responsibilities will include: i) designing and implementing research studies, including utilizing existing long-term data sets; ii), and iii) writing original manuscripts. The Assistant Project Scientists, under the supervision of Principle Investigator, Dr. Yufang Jin, and in collaboration with our research team, will engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual, with the appropriate background/experience and creative energy, to interact with our many collaborators and work with minimal supervision.

Candidate should have a PhD Degree in Geography, Geography, Forestry, Environmental Science, or related field. Experience in remote sensing algorithm development and applications is required. Candidate should have strong analytical skills in multiple remote sensing data types and deep understanding of spatial statistics and time series analysis, good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills. Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. RESEARCH (95%)

Research activity (65%)

This position involves making creative contributions to and engaging in collaborative development and the expansion of active research programs in the areas of remote sensing and ecosystem change. The candidate will help to define and implement research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will work on (1) developing advanced remote sensing algorithms for multi-

 

source data fusion and for monitoring crop/forestry ecosystem health and detecting disturbance; (2)

building statistical models to quantify the relationships between climate, human activities, forest health, and wildfire risk; (3) generating scientific datasets of historical wildfire ignitions and future

wildfire risks; and (4) developing data-driven decision support tools. The candidate is also expected

to supervise students and staff in collecting new data, developing methods, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

Grant Acquisition (10%)

The candidate will be responsible for identifying synergies and opportunities to pursue grant proposals. This will include taking the lead on writing proposals for extramural funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations, as well as working with teams of investigators applying for interdisciplinary proposals for research.

Publication activities (20%)

Candidate will take the lead in preparation of peer-reviewed articles, as well as participate as co- author in collaborative articles from group projects at RR. Candidate will also lead and participate in writing technical reports and articles for the popular press and social media.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)

The candidate will attend seminars and workshops to present research results and give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A PhD degree in Ecology, Geography, Forestry, Environmental Science, or other related natural science field.
  • Experience in multi-scale and multi-sensor remote sensing research, including Landsat, SENTINEL-2, MODIS, VIIRS, hyperspectral, LIDAR, and UAV/drone techniques.
  • Postdoc experience in remote sensing applications in natural ecosystems and agriculture.
  • Strong quantitative background.
  • Excellent statistical and programming skills, using big data and machine learning approaches.
  • Experience in planning and leading field campaigns involving spectroscopy, plant science, and/or related subjects.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Expertise in programming, including, but not limited to, R, MatLab, Python, and Google Earth Engine API.
  • Experiences in image processing and GIS softwares, including ENVI, ArcGIS, QGIS.
  • Experience in writing both proposals and a good track record in research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience)
  • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel- and communication- skills.

 

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year (starting ASAP) with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03188 Candidates need to submit:

1.Cover letter describing your research interests,

2.curriculum vitae,

3.publication list,

4.copies of your three most important publications,

5.copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and

6.names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications after closing date indicated at the UC-Recruit job link. Applications received after closing date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

This position will remain open until filled.

For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please contact metroap@ucdavis.edu.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Yufang via email to yujin@ucdavis.edu

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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the

selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Rhizosphere Microbial Ecology (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) (JPF03213)

Posted: October 8, 2019

The laboratory of Dr. Cristina Lazcano at the University of California Davis is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of soil microbial ecology and plant-microbial interactions. The successful candidate will work in a project investigating the role of soil microorganisms in the nutrition and resistance of strawberry cultivars to soil-borne pathogens. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration between Dr Cristina Lazcano at the UC Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and the Strawberry Center of the California Polytechnic State University. The successful candidate will study (i) the composition of the soil microbial community (archaea, bacteria and fungi) at different distances from the plant roots (bulk soil, rhizosphere and endophytes), (ii) the temporal dynamics of these communities, recruitment and selection of microorganisms around the roots, (iii) the role of plant genotype in driving these microbial communities and relationship with above and belowground plant traits, and (iv) the response of the microbial communities to management.
The selected candidate will work with an existing database of microbial sequences from soil, rhizosphere and root samples, and will be responsible for processing, sequencing and data analysis of another set of samples already collected. It is expected that the postdoc will use these two datasets for the preparation of two scientific manuscripts with the supervision of Dr. Lazcano and collaborators. In addition, it is expected that the postdoc will participate in the design and development of new projects in the field of plant-microbial interactions. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the option of
renewing depending on available funding. The project is anticipated
to yield novel research directions that will open future research opportunities and funding.

The ideal candidate has expertise in bioinformatics and statistical analysis of microbial communities. Demonstrated experience in writing and publication of scientific manuscripts and excellent
communication skills. Critical thinking, as well as excellent field and laboratory skills are also required.
We are especially interested in candidates that will be able to think independently and help explore new lines of research.

Responsibilities: Sequencing data analysis and interpretation, processing of soil and plant samples for DNA extraction and sequencing, design of experiments, mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, review of relevant literature, Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, Presentation at professional conferences.

Minimum qualifications: PhD in soil science, microbiology, plant science, biology or another relevant field and research experience in soil microbiology, microbial ecology, plant biology or a relevant field.

Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with 1) expertise rhizosphere microbial ecology, processing and statistical analysis of sequencing data; 2) strong communication and organizational skills; 3) can code in R has an interest in transparent and reproducible science; and 4) strong publication records, or the potential for developing one. Our team believes in and values the power of diversity, thus applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
The initial appointment will be for one year, with the option of renewing depending on available funding. The project is anticipated to yield novel research directions that will open future research
opportunities and funding.

The positions will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of
January 1, 2020.

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03213

Applicants should submit the following::
a) a one‐page cover letter;
b) CV and
c) names and contact information of at least two references familiar with your work.

CONTACT
Email any questions to Cristina Lazcano (lazcano@ucdavis.edu) with ‘postdoc in rhizosphere microbial ecology" in the subject.

Jr. Specialist, for the Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling Lab , Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF03206)

Posted: October 8, 2019

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Soil Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling team starting immediately. The successful candidate will support our team working on projects related to sustainable soil management (e.g. cover cropping and compost application) and soil health in various specialty crop production systems in California. The

Junior Specialist will work closely with graduate students, extension specialists, project scientists and growers to support our investigation of resource use efficiency and climate change

mitigation potential of the practices of winter cover cropping and compost application. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) field collection of soil, plant and gas samples, 2) lab analysis of chemical and physical soil health indicators, 3) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.

I. Research in specialized areas (90%)

45% Lab analysis include preparation of field equipment to be used for sampling

  • Prepare equipment and supplies for field gas sampling. xPrepare supplies for soil and plant sampling as required
  • Conduct soil C and N pools, pH and moisture analysis
  • Conduct Plant biomass and nutrient (N) analysis
  • Analyze gas samples using gas chrometerography (GC)
  • Analyze, synthesize, and manage collected data
  • Conduct lab safety training of new members
  • Maintain lab equipment and general lab organization

35% Field work

  • Semi-regular soil and plant sampling in tomato and other crop systems (1+ times per month)
  • Chamber based gas flux measurements: set-up, associated factors measured (temp primarily, but also management and field condition notes), take gas samples from chambers placed on soil, soil samples taken (monthly or more).
  • Soil health factors: composite sampling in the field for other soil health indicators (annually)
  • Soil physical properties: bulk density, infiltration, aggregate stability, etc. (annually)

10% Literature Review and Writing

  • Conduct literature search for relevant articles to soil biogeochemistry, soil health and nutrient cycling.
  • Work with PIs, graduate students and other members in the research team to plan and execute research projects
  • Participate in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results
  • Help write and review manuscripts for journal publication

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to participate local meetings, scientific discussions and seminars and co-author posters with a focus on topics relevant to the project.

III. University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory and communicate with our stakeholders

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

-Bachelor of Science in Soil Science, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline.

[[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with

advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM- UCD 330)]

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyzer data

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in lab and field based chemical and physical analysis based on established protocols
  • Experience in synthesizing of data based on instruction of the Principal Investigator or their designee(s).
  • Ability to use computer-based equipment to run analysis and synthesize data.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Time management and planning—to assure deadlines are met and field and lab-based work is completed and delivered to the PI.

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $39,500.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:Full-time (100%) for 1-year, start by December 1, 2019 (or sooner) – November 30, 2020, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03206.

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Optional-Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,
  2. Curriculum Vitae (resume) - Your most recently updated C.V. and
  3. References:contact information for 2-3 recent references.

All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Xia Zhu-Barker (wyjzhu@ucdavis.edu) or William R. Horwath (wrhorwath@ucdavis.edu) via email

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the

United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of

1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an

E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

UNIT 18 Lecturer for HYD150 - Water Law, Winter Quarter 2020 (JPF03200)

Posted: October 3, 2019

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources offers a temporary Lecturer position in – Water Law, HYD 150

Principles and issues of California Water Law. Types of water rights, groundwater rights and management, and protection of instream uses. Water projects, role of federal government and federal/state relations. Basic water quality acts, endangered species act, water transfers and current water issues.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Service periods are:

Winter Quarter 2020: January 3, 2020 to March 20, 2020

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teach one upper division course in Water Law, HYD 150.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Criteria for appointment will be evidence of knowledge and experience in the practice of California Water Law, teaching excellence and knowledge/expertise in subject matter of the course content. A J.D. is required. The primary means of evaluating teaching ability and quality will be:

1. Demonstrated practice of California water law and recognition in subject matter.

2. Extent of teaching experience.

3. Student evaluations (where available).

Expertise in subject matter is evaluated based on a candidate’s prior experience, academic training, publications, professional recommendations, and prior teaching (e.g. student ratings). Quality of expertise will be assessed from application material supplied, possible on-site visits, and/or special evaluation services through the TRC. Teaching experience will be evaluated by curriculum vitae and supporting documentation.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Temporary lecturers are selected to fill specialized positions that require professional as well as academic expertise.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

COURSE AVAILABILITY: The following course is available for Winter Quarter 2020

Water Law, HYD 150

The course requires 3 hrs of lecture per week (lectures can be taught in 2 (80 min) or 3 (50 min) sessions per week, with days and time TBD). Student enrollment is by consent of instructor or upper division standing. Typical student enrollment is 50-60 students; students typically have general backgrounds in environmental sciences.

Subject areas to include: Principles and issues of California water law including types of water rights, groundwater rights and management, and protection of instream uses; water projects, role of federal government and federal/state relations; and basic water quality acts, endangered species act, water transfers and current water issues.

See http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/HYD/HYDcourses.html for full course description.

APPLICATIONS:

For full consideration, applications should submit the following:

1. cover letter (optional),

2. curriculum vita (required),

3. contact information for 3 references (required) and

4. statement of teaching proficiency (required).

5. Reprints or other examples of scholarly or professional attainments and teaching evaluations (optional)

6. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (optional)

Candidates may be asked for further evidence of scholarship or teaching effectiveness at a later date.

Candidates must apply online by the specified closing date at:

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03200

This position is covered by collective bargaining agreement. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Jr. Specialist, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF03181)

Posted: October 1, 2019

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in laboratory and field work within the Dahlke Lab (dahlke.ucdavis.edu).

Under the direction and advisement of the Dr. Helen Dahlke (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Yonatan

Ganot (member) the candidate will:

  1. be responsible for conducting laboratory and fieldwork as part of a research team in a project that is measuring a suite of soil and hydrologic parameters in the fields and assessing field collected samples and data in laboratory analysis.
  2. assist in literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, and technical writing, editing and formatting of graphs and tables that summarize data generated in lab analyses and field studies from different sites within California.
  3. assist in carrying out experiments designed by the PI,
  4. assist in and independently perform soil sample analysis including soil texture, soil pH, EC and soil nitrate and carbon analysis.
  5. assist in and independently deploy and maintain soil temperature, EC, redox potential and moisture sensors in the field.
  6. contribute to the development of new technology for experimental use in the field and in the
  7. laboratory related to soil and hydrologic research, and
  8. participate in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., reports and peer- reviewed journal articles).

8.assist towards the development of conceptual or physical models that simulate and help explain observed flow and transport processes in field and laboratory experiments.

Overall, these responsibilities support lab and field experiments associated with the investigation of the feasibility of agricultural groundwater banking for the improved mechanistic understanding of flow and transport processes in agricultural landscapes in California and across the globe.

Major Responsibilities include:

I.Research in specialized areas (90%)

60% Lab Analysis:

  • Maintaining and organizing the laboratory while adhering to laboratory safety standards and prepare laboratory for annual laboratory safety inspection,
  • Ordering of lab and field supplies,
  • Reading primary literature,
  • Contributing to grant reporting, including data analysis and writing.

30% Field work

  • Assisting PI, postdocs and graduate in field campaigns (e.g., Tulare, Stanislaus, Fresno, Siskiyou, Modoc Counties) that require travel,
  • Assist with the collection of water samples and soil cores using the Geoprobe push-drill,
  • Deploying environmental sensor technologies, including deploying sensors for measuring soil moisture, EC, temperature, redox potential, dissolved oxygen and air, installing and programming associated data loggers, and managing and maintaining data and sensors,
  • Supporting in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., graphs, tables, reports and peer- reviewed journal articles)

II.Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

  • The Junior Specialist will be required to attend and engage in regular lab meetings and expected to attend local scientific meetings and conferences with a focus on topics relevant to the projects. Participate in presenting research findings at professional meetings and other stakeholder meetings.

III.University and Public Service (5%)

  • The candidate will provide mentorship to undergraduate students working in the laboratory where appropriate.

 

Basic qualifications:

  • A positive, self-motivated, attitudexExcellent problem-solving and skills to overcome technical challenges
  • Demonstrated experience with technical field methodologies or instruments for data collection
  • Experience in soil laboratory analysis (e.g. soil texture, soil biogeochemistry, soil nitrate)
  • Experience preparing and organizing supplies for laboratory and field research
  • Skills following research sampling protocol to handle and transport samples, and maintain records from sampling events and laboratory analyses
  • Bachelor degree in Environmental Science or a related field with a minimum of 1 years’ experience in soil science, hydrology, and/or hydrogeology related research

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience deploying, managing, and decommissioning environmental sensors from different manufacturers
  • Experience with soil laboratory analysis
  • Experience with statistical data analysis tools (e.g. Strater, Grapher, Surfer, GIS)
  • Programming in R or Python.

SALARY RANGE:Step I - $39,500 annually [100%] plus benefits

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for 6 months with the potential for extension to 12 months upon satisfactory progress. Starting ASAP or latest November 15, 2019.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link:https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03181. Applicants should submit the following:

1.Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,

2.Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

3.Transcripts and

4.References: contact information for 2-4 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anna Lee via email to metroap@ucdavis.edu

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:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Project Scientist - Russell Ranch Sustainable Ag Facility UC Davis - JPF02937

Posted: July 16, 2019

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility (RRSAF) (http://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/rr) is a unique

300-acre living laboratory, part of UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), dedicated to the long-term study of irrigated and dryland agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. We measure the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other elements on agricultural sustainability. Sustainability indicators include long-term trends in crop yield, profitability, resource-use efficiency (such as water or energy), soil biodiversity and environmental impacts.

We are searching for a Project Scientist to make significant and creative contributions to research in sustainable agriculture, agroecology and/or soil science, as well as support the efforts of our diverse research team. Responsibilities will include: i) designing and implementing research studies, including utilizing existing long-term data sets; ii) assisting in fund-raising and grant applications, and iii) writing original manuscripts. The Project Scientist, under the supervision of RRSAF Director and in collaboration with our research team, will engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. Other responsibilities will include training of students and staff in the scientific method and specific techniques, as well as some supervision of students.

We aim to recruit an outstanding individual, with the appropriate background/experience and creative energy, to interact with our many collaborators and work with minimal supervision.

Candidate should have a PhD Degree in agroecology, soil science, crop science, agricultural sciences, ecology or related field. Experience in conducting research projects, field experimental design, and proposal writing is required. Candidate should have a broad range of skills in techniques/instrumentation used in agricultural research, good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills. Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A PhD Degree in Agricultural Science, Agroecology, Soil Science, Plant Science, Crop Science, Ecology or appropriate related field.
  • Experience in research and field experimental design involving agriculture, agroecology, soil science, and/or related subjects.
  • Experience with lab soil analysis and analytical instruments.
  • Aptitude in communicating and extending technical information.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to facilitate collaborative research, provide information, resolve problems, and increase cooperation among individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.
  • Ability to work outside in diverse conditions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Potential to accomplish team-based research and education programs in sustainable agriculture.
  • Experience in effectively and productively interacting with multiple researchers and stakeholders.
  • Expertise in statistical and graphing programs such as R, Sigmaplot.
  • Experience in writing both proposals and research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience)
  • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel- and communication- skills.

 

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year (starting ASAP) with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by August 1, 2019. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02937. Candidates need to submit:

  1. Cover letter describing your research interests,
  2. curriculum vitae,
  3. publication list,
  4. copies of your three most important publications,
  5. .copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and
  6. names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.

For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please contact metroap@ucdavis.edu.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications after August 1, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Kate Scow via email to kmscow@ucdavis.edu.

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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the

selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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Number of H-1B nonimmigrants sought: 1 Position Title: Assistant Professor (0005)

Wages Offered: $96,515.00

State date of employment: 7 / 1/ 2019

End date of employment: 6 - 30 - 2022

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Posting Start Date: 5 - 24 - 2019
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Occupational Classification: Occupations in College and University Education

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Jr. Specialist, for Irrigation & Water Management Research Group, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF02688)

Posted: March 7, 2019

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to work under the direction of Dr. Isaya Kisekka (LAWR) and Dr. Patrick Brown (Department of Plant Sciences).

The Junior Specialist will be involved in several research projects e.g., a salinity management in almond and precision irrigation management in almond projects as well as other projects as need arises. The successful candidate will participate in field activities such as setting up and maintaining a lysimeter experiment with 54 almond trees. Other responsibilities will include measurement of stem water potential using pressure chamber, soil water measurement using neutron probe or cosmic ray, preparation of nutrient solutions, maintenance of irrigation system, record keeping of irrigation and fertilizer applications, and installation of sensors and data loggers, field data collection and preprocessing of data. Training new student assistants will also be part of the position. The ideal candidate will have strong hands-on skills in implementation of experimental protocols, interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Soil Science, Plant Sciences or related field with prior field work experience. Must exhibit professional approach to work and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with tools like drills and electric saws. Good problem solving skills. Course work in soil science, soil physics, hydrology, agronomy, plant sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural engineering, irrigation or related coursework.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. Research in specialized areas (90%)

55% Field Work (examples)

•Implementation of experimental research protocols from PIs.

•Record keeping of irrigation and fertilizer applications

•Installation of sensors and data loggers

•Field data collection and preprocessing of data

20% Lab Work

•Soil, water and plant data processing

15% Literature Review and Writing

•Conduct literature searches and collate information on specific aspects irrigation and salinity management of selected specialty crops

•Participate in writing journal articles

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

The candidate will attend seminars and workshops to build professional competency in a range of disciplines relative to irrigation management, salinity management and nutrient management Present research findings at professional meetings and other stakeholder meetings.

III. University and Public Service (5%)

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include giving tours and explanation of research results to farmers, non-profits, state agencies, and industry during workshops and field days.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Soil Science, Plant Sciences, Agronomy, Pomology or related field with prior field work experience.[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)

Willingness and interest to learn new field and lab techniques and to work in an applied setting

Experience conducting active field work and research

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 annually or Step II - $42,100 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by April 1st, 2019. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:Full-time (100%) for 1 year, starting May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020, with possible renewal based on performance and availability of funds.

JOB LOCATION:Veihmeyer Hall Room 106 -- UC Davis, Davis, CA.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link:https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/. Applicants should submit the following:

1.Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,

2.Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

3.Transcripts (optional)

4.References:contact information for 2-4 recent references.

All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and

California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anna Lee via email to anlee@ucdavis.edu

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub- contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/). If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Junior Specialist 2 - Arid Lab

Posted: February 19, 2019

A Junior Specialist (JS) is sought to complete data collection, analyses, reporting, and assistance in the preparation of a peer-reviewed journal article on interdisciplinary research at the intersection of energy, ecology, and environmental science. Responsibilities will include data analyses, reporting, and manuscript preparation. The outcome of this study will assist decision-making in the siting of renewable energy infrastructure.

S/he will work under the advisement of Drs. Rebecca R. Hernandez. The JS may have the opportunity to travel to academic conferences and/or to visit industry partners to ensure knowledge transfers among stakeholders. S/he may be responsible for the mentoring of undergraduate research interns.

A completed undergraduate degree in energy systems, engineering, environmental science, or a related field is required. Intermediate proficiency in statistics, geospatial analysis using (e.g., AutoCAD, GIS, Google Earth), and energy system modeling is required. Experience with solar energy system design is a plus. Must work independently, keep clear records, and follow directions closely. Travel and valid driver's license is required. Pay is competitive and is commensurate with experience.

I.Research (90%)

The Junior Specialist’s role is to participate in the life-cycle (collection to long-term storage) of data on the techno- ecological attributes of natural and technological elements in human-dominated landscapes using various computational tools and ecological methods under the direction of their supervisor. Specifically, the Junior Specialist’s role is to use skills in data management, data modeling, and technical writing to make appropriate progress towards the creation of a peer-reviewed manuscript.

The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to learn and apply aspects of experimental design, data management, and modeling used in the study of energy and ecological systems.

The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to participate in decision-making on analyses, the development of figures, and the creative writing process.

The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to lead and/or co-author publications through their contribution to the writing and editorial process.

At the appropriate time in the project’s timeline, the Junior Specialist will be responsible for writing specific sections of the manuscript. For example, methods that the Junior Specialist completed will be written by them. S/he will be responsible for participating in the review/editing of the completed draft of the manuscript at the appropriate time in the peer-review process.

The Junior Specialist will perform reviews and read literature on the following key topics: solar energy development, distributed solar energy, utility-scale solar energy, environmental impacts of solar energy, greenhouse gas emissions of land-use, greenhouse gas emissions of renewable energy generation, energy consumption.

If funding is secured, s/he will have the opportunity to present their updated findings at the Ecological Society of

America and/or the American Geophysical Union.

II.Professional Competence (5%)

If funding is secured, s/he will have the opportunity to attend meetings at the Ecological Society of America and/or the

American Geophysical Union.

Funding does not cover society memberships and therefore participation in appropriate groups is voluntary.

III.University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be responsible for participating in university or public service that supports the research project, engage in public outreach activities that include explanations of research findings to public agencies and provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities

  • Analyze soil and plant samples in the laboratory. Training on the methods used will be provided.
  • Collect soil and plant samples in agricultural fields located in California.
  • Enter data into spreadsheets. Depending on experience, the junior specialist may also contribute to data analysis and writing reports.
  • If proficient in written Spanish, the junior specialist may also help translate existing online nutrient management guidelines into Spanish (https://apps1.cdfa.ca.gov/FertilizerResearch/docs/Guidelines.html).

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or a related field.
  • [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
  • Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Valid driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proficiency in written Spanish would be a plus
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

SALARY RANGE: Step 2, $42,100.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by March 1, 2019. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (100%) for 6-months, starting April 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/.

Applicants should submit the following:

1.Optional-Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,

2.Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. and

3.References: contact information for 2-3 recent references.

All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Rebecca Hernandez via email to rrhernandez@ucdavis.edu

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

 

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Junior Specialist—Horwath Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling Lab, Dept. of LAWR, UCDavis

Posted: February 19, 2019

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Soil Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycling team starting immediately. The successful candidate will support our team working on projects related to sustainable soil management (e.g. cover cropping and compost application) and soil health in various specialty crop production systems in California. The

Junior Specialist will work closely with graduate students, extension specialists, project scientists and growers to support our investigation of resource use efficiency and climate change

mitigation potential of the practices of winter cover cropping and compost application. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) field collection of soil, plant and gas samples, 2) lab analysis of chemical and physical soil health indicators, 3) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.

I. Research in specialized areas (90%)

45% Lab analysis include preparation of field equipment to be used for sampling

  • Prepare equipment and supplies for field gas sampling.
  • Prepare supplies for soil and plant sampling as required
  • Conduct soil C and N pools, pH and moisture analysis
  • Conduct Plant biomass and nutrient (N) analysis
  • Analyze gas samples using gas chrometerography (GC)
  • Analyze, synthesize, and manage collected data
  • Conduct lab safety training of new members
  • Maintain lab equipment and general lab organization

35% Field work

  • Semi-regular soil and plant sampling in tomato and other crop systems (1+ times per month)
  • Chamber based gas flux measurements: set-up, associated factors measured (temp primarily, but also management and field condition notes), take gas samples from chambers placed on soil, soil samples taken (monthly or more).
  • Soil health factors: composite sampling in the field for other soil health indicators (annually)
  • Soil physical properties: bulk density, infiltration, aggregate stability, etc. (annually)

10% Literature Review and Writing

  • Conduct literature search for relevant articles to soil biogeochemistry, soil health and nutrient cycling.
  • Work with PIs, graduate students and other members in the research team to plan and execute research projects
  • Participate in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results
  • Help write and review manuscripts for journal publication

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to participate local meetings, scientific discussions and seminars and co-author posters with a focus on topics relevant to the project.

III. University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory and communicate with our stakeholders

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

-Bachelor of Science in Soil Science, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline.

[[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with

advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.] (See APM- UCD 330)]

-Valid driver’s license.

-Effective communication skills

-Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.

-Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyzer data

Preferred qualifications:

-Strong organizational skills

-Experience in lab and field based chemical and physical analysis based on established protocols

-Experience in synthesizing of data based on instruction of the Principal Investigator or their designee(s).

-Ability to use computer-based equipment to run analysis and synthesize data.

-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

-Time management and planning—to assure deadlines are met and field and lab-based work is completed and delivered to the PI.

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $39,500.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by March 1, 2019. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

This is a full time, one-year renewable position based at the Plant and Environmental Science

Building -- UC Davis

 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:Full-time (100%) for 1-year, starting April 1, 2019 – March 31,

2020, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02690.

Applicants should submit the following:

1.Optional-Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,

2.Curriculum Vitae (resume) - Your most recently updated C.V. and

3.References:contact information for 2-3 recent references.

All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Xia Zhu-Barker (wyjzhu@ucdavis.edu) or William R. Horwath (wrhorwath@ucdavis.edu) via email

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the

United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of

1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an

E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Jr. Specialist, for Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility , Dept of LAWR, UC Davis (JPF02541)

Posted: December 13, 2018

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility (http://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/rr) is a unique 300-acre living laboratory, part of UC Davis' Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), dedicated to the long-term study of the sustainability of irrigated and dryland farming systems in a Mediterranean climate. Researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines including soil science, agroecology, agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, and others collaborate with one another and farmers to develop practices and technologies that will benefit agricultural cropping systems. Russell Ranch is seeking a Junior Specialist to join the team starting in February 2019.

The successful candidate will help on projects related to climate change, agronomy, nutrient cycling, and soil health in conventional, mixed, and organic cropping systems. The Junior Specialist will work closely Russell Ranch affiliates such as graduate students, project scientists, and research and farm managers to assist with projects going on at the site. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) plant and soil sampling, processing, and archiving, 2) lab analysis of soil samples, 3) outreach activities at Russell Ranch, and 4) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Research in specialized areas (85%) 50% Lab Analysis
    • Conduct soil nutrient analyses (C and N pools)
    • Conduct standard soil analyses (pH, gravimetric water content, aggregate stability, etc.)
    • Help maintain a safe and organized laboratory environment
    • Assist with archiving of Russell Ranch soil and plant samples
    • Analyze, synthesize, and manage collected data 20% Field Work
    • Assist with soil coring and sampling in agricultural fields
    • Assist with plant sample collection in maize, wheat, alfalfa, tomato, and other crops
    • Assist ongoing projects with field measurement, including greenhouse gas measurements 15% Literature Review and Writing
    • Conduct literature searches for relevant articles to Russell Ranch research
    • Work with Russell Ranch team to plan and execute research projects
    • Help write and review manuscripts for journal publication
  • Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
  • University and Public Service (10%)
  • Process soil and plant samples (grind, weigh, sieve)

The candidate will attend seminars and workshops to build professional competency in a range of disciplines relative to Russell Ranch research. The candidate will also contribute to presentation of research findings.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include giving tours and explanation of research results to farmers, non-profits, state agencies, and industry during workshops and field days.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences or related field with interest in soil science, plant science, ecology, and/or agronomy.
  • Valid California driver's license.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in word processing, data analysis, and statistical software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), SAS and/or R
  • Willingness and interest to learn new field and lab techniques and to work in an applied setting.
  • Experience conducting active field work and research.
  • Willing to work in variable and sometimes adverse weather conditions outdoors.
  • Demonstrated laboratory skills with standard soil analytical methods.
  • Experience communicating and working as part of a team.

 

[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor's degrees and three years' relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)

This is a full time, one-year position based at the Plant and Environmental Science Building -- UC Davis, with possible renewal based on performance and availability of funds.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 annually or Step II - $42,100 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by December 28, 2018. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (100%) for 1 year, starting February 1st, 2019, with possible renewal based on performance and availability of funds.

JOB LOCATION: Plant and Environmental Science Building -- UC Davis, Davis, CA.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02541. Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,
  2. Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  3. Transcripts and
  4. References: contact information for 2-4 recent references.
  • All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Emily Woodward via email to eewoodward@ucdavis.edu

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Junior Specialist - Nutrient Management Lab Group

Posted: October 31, 2018

POSITION BACKGROUND

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to contribute to applied research projects in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The successful candidate will join the nutrient management lab group in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis. The candidate will support our team working on different projects focusing on crop nitrogen uptake and fertilization, as well as soil nitrogen turnover in annual cropping systems in California.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This position has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical and specialized expertise (e.g. with instrumentation and research equipment) in the planning and execution of research activities within applied research projects. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Junior Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and outreach programs. The Junior Specialist main tasks and responsibilities are outlined below.

I.Research (90%)

This Junior Specialist will be involved in research projects focusing on crop nitrogen uptake and removal at harvest as well as nitrogen turnover in soil under field crops and vegetables grown in the Central and Salinas Valleys. This position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities such as data collection, data QA/QC, data entry,

data synthesis and analysis. General responsibilities include field work and laboratory analyses on plant and soil samples that will contribute to the lab group's outreach activities and lead to scientific manuscripts. Field work will consist of leading a crew to collect soil and plant samples in commercial fields of participating growers as well as in field trials at UC Davis.

The Junior Specialist will process the samples in the laboratory and analyze the soil (methods include ammonium and nitrate concentrations, total carbon and nitrogen, pH, electrical conductivity) and plant samples (methods include total biomass, total fruit biomass, and nitrogen concentration in the different plant parts). The results will be compiled into a database by the Junior Specialist.

The ultimate goal of this study is to provide growers and crop advisors with science-based data on crop nitrogen uptake and removal to help meet regulatory requirements and to support their fertilization decisions and thereby reduce the risk of groundwater contamination with

nitrate. The Junior Specialist will either have co-authorship or be credited in the acknowledgement section of published manuscripts, scientific talks, outreach presentations and posters. The Junior Specialist will review reports and manuscripts prior to submission, help write sections that they worked on, such as field data collection and laboratory methods,

and will engage in discussions on the interpretation of results. In addition, the Junior Specialist

 

will contribute to annual reports submitted to the funding agency.Furthermore, the Junior Specialist will help analyze soil extracts for other UC scientistsand UCCE farm advisors with whom the lab collaborates with on other projects. If proficient in written Spanish, the successful candidate will help translate existing online nutrient management guidelines for growers and crop advisers into Spanish (https://apps1.cdfa.ca.gov/FertilizerResearch/docs/...).

II.Professional Competence (5%)

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to co-author posters for local scientific conferences, such as the CDFA-Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Conference or the California Plant and Soil Conference. The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to attend these conferences and local University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) meetings with a focus on topics relevant to the project.

III.University and Public Service (5%)

The Junior Specialist will provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities

Analyze soil and plant samples in the laboratory. Training on the methods used will be provided.

Collect soil and plant samples in agricultural fields located in California.

Enter data into spreadsheets. Depending on experience, the junior specialist may also contribute to data analysis and writing reports.

If proficient in written Spanish, the junior specialist may also help translate existing online nutrient management guidelines into Spanish (https://apps1.cdfa.ca.gov/FertilizerResearch/docs/Guidelines.html).

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or a related field.

[Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work

experience.](See APM-UCD 330)

Good communication skills.

Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.

Experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.

Valid driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Proficiency in written Spanish would be a plus

Strong organizational skills.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $39,500.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by November 18

2018. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:Full-time (100%) for 1 year, starting January 2nd, 2019, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02518. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Daniel Geisseler via email to djgeisseler@ucdavis.edu.

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:

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Academic Coordinator II

Posted: September 19, 2018

UC is seeking a self-directed leader in the field of climate change communication and education to launch a new education and service initiative with a diverse range of partner organizations in an effort to advance community and ecosystem resilience as outlined in the Climate Stewards Initiative (CSI) strategic plan (see http://calnat.ucanr.edu/cs/). This is a unique academic position for someone who wants to make a difference and to be part of a creative team who make up the UC California Naturalist Program (CalNat), UC Cooperative Extension, UCANR. Building on the infrastructure and network at CalNat, we envision that CSI will address the demand for training related to learning and communicating locally relevant climate science and help communities become more resilient to climate change.

The candidate should demonstrate experience in science communication, education, and public engagement; coupled with content knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills, and program development and management capabilities. The Academic Coordinator will lead the effort to build partnerships consistent with the initiative’s collective impact framework, collaboratively develop the core curriculum, oversee the pilot testing of the program, ensure proper evaluation, and further develop funding sources to help sustain the effort.

The position vacancy announcement including how to apply can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/jobFiles/1432.pdf

For full interview consideration, complete application packets are due no later than Monday, October 15, 2018 from candidates who, by the hire date, will possess at least a master’s degree in disciplines such as, Science Communication/Journalism, Education, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Geography, Atmospheric Science or other interdisciplinary program. All application packets must be submitted via e-mail to ANRacademicsearch@ucanr.edu.

 

Please contact Soo Hsieh and refer to AP # 18-09, to answer any questions related to this search at (530) 750-1285 or syhan@ucanr.edu.

Junior Specialist – Herbarium Management and Curation

Posted: August 30, 2018

The UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity herbarium in the Department of Plant Sciences is seeking a Junior Specialist with a background in herbarium management and curation to join our team starting October 1, 2018. The successful candidate will: curate scientific collections, plan and carry out outreach to the university community and the general public, supervise students and volunteers in specimen imaging and Symbiota database data entry, document our type specimen collection, assist with taxonomic research of the genus Lycianthes (Solanaceae), and assist with the writing of technical reports and other scientific publications. The successful candidate will be expected to make substantive

scientific, scholarly, and intellectual contributions by evaluating the general methodological approaches being used, and to recommend alternative approaches where appropriate. The successful candidate will work a flexible schedule, as some duties may occur on weekends or evenings.

I. Research in specialized areas (90%)

40% Taxonomic research of the genus Lycianthes (Solanaceae)

Measure herbarium specimens, construct species description, work with specimen distribution data in an Access database, generate distribution maps.

30% Herbarium Specimen Curation

Curate scientific collections made by faculty, graduate students and staff (sometimes using older hand- written field notes); create specimen labels using databases; georeference specimen locations using mapping programs; use up to date scientific evidence to organize plant collections; document our type specimen collection, including imaging, databasing, and researching original publication data.

20% Curation oversight

Supervise students and volunteers in specimen filing, databasing, and imaging; using both Access and

Symbiota databases.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

Contribute to writing technical reports and scientific publications on the genus Lycianthes.

III. University and Public Service (5%)

Communicate with our stakeholders; plan and carry out outreach to the university community and the general public.

Qualifications: B.S./B.A. in Life Sciences with an emphasis in plant sciences required. One year full-time or two years part-time herbarium experience is required. Previous experience with plant taxonomy and knowledge of flowering plant families and genera is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access is required; experience with Dreamweaver and Arc GIS (or equivalent freeware) is preferred. Familiarity with world geography/place names is necessary. Experience with georeferencing specimens is necessary. Experience working with specimen imaging and Symbiota software is preferred. All aspects of this position require great attention to detail and organizational skills. Good written and verbal communication skills (English) are required. Good people skills are required; experience with outreach is preferred.

Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Term of Appointment: Full time for 1 year, with the possibility of extension. Salary: $39,500/yr.

How to apply: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02401

Academic Coordinator in the Department of Land, Air & Water Resources: Manager, Ecosystem Restoration Program Project Review Office

Posted: July 16, 2018

The Academic Coordinator position is a career academic appointment within the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources on the UC Davis Campus. This position is an essential part of the scientific peer review process for projects and proposal solicitations developed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), with a special emphasis on ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay-San Joaquin Delta

and its watersheds and tributaries. This position will serve as Manager of the Project Review Office

housed on the UC Davis Campus. The position will be responsible for the administration and coordination of new proposal reviews, evaluation of ongoing projects, organizing educational and scientific workshops and other events, and providing advice and support for scientific reviews conducted by the CDFW. The position will also involve office management and participation in University, professional and public service committees.

The primary duties of the position are to identify and recruit the best scientific and technical experts available from various disciplines to advise the CDFW about funding proposals and about the progress of projects already underway. Specific key tasks include:

  • Identify, recruit and manage various scientific peer review panels in all aspects of ecosystem restoration (e.g. hydrology, aquatic ecology, limnology, fisheries, fluvial geomorphology, wetland sciences, air and water quality, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.).
  • Manage all aspects of proposal reviews and mid-course project reviews.
  • Provide scientific and administrative advice to CDFW on its approach to peer review and scientific quality.
  • Create and deliver workshops and other events that educate those involved with the development, review, and implementation of CDFW projects, especially those in the Delta.

Download: Full Job Description (JPF2314)

3 Postdoctoral Positions in Dubcovsky Wheat Molecular Genetics laboratory, UC Davis

Posted: July 16, 2018

Three full time positions are open immediately in the Dubcovsky Wheat Molecular Genetics

laboratory at UC Davis for one year, with possibilities of extension depending on performance. Our laboratory has recently renewed its Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funding until

2024 so we have possibilities to grow. Our research program integrates genetics, genomics, and biochemistry to investigate wheat development to improve wheat. A complete list of publications from the lab is available at https://dubcovskylab.ucdavis.edu/lab-member/jorge-dubcovsky.

We are particularly interested in individuals that have the skills and interest to combine bioinformatics, genetics, and plant molecular biology to solve relevant questions in wheat development and improvement. We are looking for applicants that are motivated,

creative, enthusiastic, and ready to enter a collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment. Excellent communication skills are expected, and a strong publication record with demonstrated writing skills is a plus.

Bioinformatician: We are looking for an individual to support and be part of multiple projects that require the application and development of bioinformatic tools based on high throughput sequencing technologies. These will include the analysis of exome capture, RNAseq, ATACseq and ChipSeq data, as well as identification of natural and induced mutations. Ability to implement genome analyses pipelines are a plus. The selected candidate will be also in charge of the lab bioinformatics web-tools and the maintenance of servers and storage devices. A PhD or Ms in related areas is required.

Molecular Geneticist: The objective of this project is the positional cloning of a gene responsible for a drastic developmental switch in the wheat root meristem associated with significant differences in wheat yield under normal and stressed environments. We have a robust and fast phenotypic assay in place and a list of candidate genes. Strong molecular genetics and genomics skills are required. Experience in wheat is a plus. The candidate is expected to generate constructs for transgenics and gene editing experiments and to develop creative strategies to validate the candidate genes. A PhD in related areas is required. See initial publication on this project https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00122-014-2408-6

Plant Molecular Biologist and Biochemist: This project is focused on the characterization of the initial phases of wheat development and the early stages of spike development. We have already identified important regulatory genes and miRNAs. Experience in plant development and documented plant molecular biology and biochemistry skills are important. Experience in wheat is a plus. The candidate is expected to characterize mutants and generate constructs for transgenics and gene editing experiments. A PhD in related areas is required.

To apply, please click on the follow link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02317

For full consideration, please apply by: 08/02/2018

Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Informatics

Posted: July 9, 2018

Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Informatics. The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Informatics with a preferred emphasis in multidisciplinary“big data” geospatial methods to study terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This is an academicyear(9‐month),AssistantProfessortenure‐trackpositionwithteaching,research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/agexpstn).

Responsibilities:

The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources is seeking applicants that focus on environmental research emphasizing environmental informatics using geospatial tools and analysis, with a goal to advance our understanding of spatial and temporal environmental patterns and processes that relate to responses and change in the physical environment, addressing natural and managed conditions. The candidate is expected to show a record of achievement in environmental informatics. The successful candidate should demonstrate experience with various informatics techniques and geospatial technologies, and have an interest in and ability to work with emerging “big data” sources and mining methods, including new data sources and types, developing and using deep learning and other quantitative methods to discover and integrate information from sensor webs, environmental databases, and disparate sources and types of geospatial data. The position will complement existing LAWR strengths in regional climatology, hydrology, and biogeochemical processes and campus‐wide excellence in ecology and environmental sciences. The candidate is expected to collaborate with environmentally relevant programs on campus and demonstrate experience and interest in working with interdisciplinary groups.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in application of spatial informatics to study environmental processes related to climate change and extremes as evidenced by peer reviewed publications.

We seek a commitment to excellence in teaching. The applicant is expected to teach an undergraduate upper‐ level core GIS course, an additional upper‐level undergraduate environmental informatics course, and a graduate level course in her/his area of expertise (average of 2.5 courses per year). Supervision of graduate students, student advising, curricular development is expected.

Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

Qualifications:

Ph.D.orequivalent degree inenvironmental science, informatics, soilscience, hydrology, ecology, atmospheric science, geography, applied computer science or a closely related field. Post‐doctoral experience

 

is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in geospatial and environmental informatics.

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by August 31, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to spatial and environmental informatics, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Susan L. Ustin, Recruitment Committee Chair at slustin@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

LECTURER IN SOIL PHYSICS

The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources offers a temporary lecturer position in Soil Physics

Posted: May 25, 2018

APPOINTMENT DATE: Service periods are: Fall Quarter 2018: September 24, 2018 – December 14, 2018

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach one upper division course in Soil Physics, SSC 107.

QUALIFICATIONS: Appropriate professional degree, e.g., doctorate or master’s degree (or 30 units of graduate coursework); demonstrated teaching ability; a developing record of scholarly or professional achievement in an area of expertise related to the subject area of the course.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Temporary lecturers are selected to fill specialized positions that require professional as well as academic expertise.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

COURSE AVAILABILITY: The following course is available for fall quarter 2018: Soil Physics, SSC 107

See link below for full course description. http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/SSC/SSCcourses...

APPLICATIONS: For full consideration, applications must be received by June 17, 2018. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, three letters of recommendation, a curriculum vita, and evidence of teaching proficiency. Candidates may be asked for further evidence of scholarship or teaching effectiveness at a later date. Candidates must apply online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02219.

This position is covered by collective bargaining agreement. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

ASSISTANT SPECIALIST IN COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

Soil Plant Water Relations / Deficit Irrigation in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

Posted: April 4, 2018

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of soil-plant-water relationships and irrigation management under water-deficit conditions. The mission of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is to advance, through research, teaching, and outreach, basic understanding of atmospheric processes at all scales, to advance hydrology as a science and technology, to advance understanding of soil-microbe-plant-environment interactions, and to integrate the core disciplines in scientific investigations of the air-water-soil continuum. A CE Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be employed to optimize irrigation management under water scare conditions, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various clientele (e.g., growers, farm managers, consultants, water districts, and agencies) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to campus- and county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of soil-plant-water-relations and irrigation management under water deficit conditions. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty.

Responsibilities: This is a full time, fiscal-year, career-track appointment that includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and ANR. The focus of this position is to develop an extensive and collaborative applied research and extension program that addresses irrigation management of agronomic, vegetable and horticultural crops in California in the context of sustained water scarcity. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original applied research related to soil-plant-water relationships, irrigation management strategies and/or crop-stress physiology. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledgeable partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.

Extension Teaching: The person in this position is expected to provide leadership as a liaison between campus- based researchers, UCCE campus Specialists, county based UCCE Advisors, research groups from USDA/ARS and California State Universities and clientele groups such as growers, farm managers, consultants, water districts, and agencies. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics.

Applied Research: The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied soil-plant-water relationship research related to crop management in water deficit conditions; 2) conduct applied research and publish results in top irrigation-related journals including other outlets with wider readership such as UC ANR special publications and California Agriculture. Areas of emphasis may include, among others, evapotranspiration, water deficit effects at the plant, field and district scales, regulated deficit irrigation strategies, crop responses to spatial and temporal variable soil water contents, crop stress/canopy reflectance relations, novel techniques to measure crop stress, tree-stress carryover effects, and/or water-stress interactions with other abiotic and biotic stresses.

 

Professional Competence and Activity: The candidate will be expected to participate in professional society activities including presenting papers at national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scientists and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal would be to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions towards optimizing irrigation management in water-scarce environments within their area of expertise, as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in irrigation science, plant science, bio-hydrology, soil science, agricultural engineering, agronomy, horticulture or other closely related discipline is required. Additionally, knowledge, experience, interest and/or academic coursework related to plant-water-relations, soil science, irrigation management, crop-stress physiology, and remote sensing is highly desired. The successful candidate must have a record that documents productivity and excellence in research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and extend research-based knowledge to audiences with diverse backgrounds. Post-doctoral experience is preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Appointment Date:Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or soon after July 1st, 2018.

Applications:Applications should be submitted on-line at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02095. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Stephen Grattan, Search Committee Chair, srgrattan@ucdavis.edu.

Applicants should submit:1) a curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) statement of research and extension interests and goals, 3) a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation, 4) copies or links to recent relevant publications 5) a statement of contribution to diversity and 6) names, addresses including e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by May 1, 2018.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second

person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work- life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life

Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/worklife/index.html

 

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019.Daviscelebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Biometeorology and Remote Sensing to work on the Grape Remote sensing Atmospheric Profile & Evapotranspiration eXperiment (GRAPEX)

Posted: February 23, 2018

We are seeking two highly motivated, organized, and dynamic scientists to fill Postdoctoral Researcher positions in biometeorology and remote sensing at the University of California, Davis (UCD) to work on the Grape Remote sensing Atmospheric Profile & Evapotranspiration eXperiment (GRAPEX). The incumbents will work within a large collaborative group of scientists and faculty from the Departments of Viticulture and Enology (V&E) and Land Air and Water Resources (LAWR) at UC Davis, from the USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory (Beltsville, MD), and from the USDA-ARS Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit (Davis, CA). The post docs will also work closely with agronomists, viticulturists and growers, including E&J Gallo scientists, in developing methodologies for integrating model output into their crop management systems with for the GRAPEX project. The mission of GRAPEX is to refine and apply a multi-scale remote sensing evapotranspiration (ET) toolkit for mapping crop water use and crop stress for improved irrigation scheduling and water management in vineyards in the Central Valley of California, a region of endemic periodic drought. While this work will focus primarily on vineyards, the improved tools will also have applications to fruit and nut orchards and other crops with highly-structured canopies.

Efforts of the Biometeorology Postdoctoral Researcher will be directed towards generating bio-meteorological data to ground truth land surface models from satellite and aerial imagery for estimating surface energy balance and evapotranspiration with focus on vine and orchard plant and inter-row systems.The objectives of the incumbent's research are to develop and further refine techniques and technologies to: 1) ground truth land surface models that couple energy and water balance such as theTwo Source Energy Balance model that utilizes remotely senseddata for estimating evapotranspiration and plant stress over vineyards, orchards and other row crops containing strongly clumped vegetation; 2) establish or maintain existing stations to collect field surface energy observations and water fluxes, soil moisture, canopy condition, and seasonal crop yield and water balance; and 3) work closely with remote sensing scientists to incorporate model output into applications such as routine large area evapotranspirationmonitoring, irrigation scheduling, and assessment of drought and crop yield, particularly of orchards and vineyards.

Efforts of the Remote Sensing Postdoctoral Researcher will be directed toward the application of land surface models using satellite and aerial imagery for estimating surface energy balance and evapotranspiration. The objectives of the incumbent's research are to develop and further refine techniques and technologies to: 1) develop and refine land surface models coupling the energy and water balance such as theTwo Source Energy Balance model that utilizes remotely senseddata for estimating evapotranspiration and plant stress over vineyards, orchards and other row crops containing strongly clumped vegetation; 2) evaluate these methods using field surface energy balance observations and water fluxes, soil moisture, canopy condition, and seasonal crop yield and water balance; 3) compare model output with ground truth data, and where necessary refine algorithms to reliably estimate evapotranspiration from row crops, with a focus on vine and orchard plant and inter-row systems; and 4) develop methods for incorporating model output in applications such as routine large area evapotranspiration monitoring, irrigation scheduling, and assessment of drought and crop yield, particularly of orchards and vineyards.

Model and methodology development will integrate thermal-based remote sensing of land-surface fluxes with detailed plant canopy models of radiative and turbulent energy exchange across the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Both Postdoctoral Researchers will be expected to work closely with one another and others already associated with the GRAPEX, and they require a multidisciplinary approach in establishing working relationships with USDA/ARS research centers, other government agencies, universities, and industry stakeholders to analyze biomet and remotely sensed data. Both researchers will have access to existing GRAPEX datasets to meet the objectives listed above and will be integral team members involved in generating and analyzing new data.

For more information about the ongoing GRAPEX research, visit: https://www.ars.usda.gov/northeast-area/beltsville...

Qualifications:

Biometeorology Position

  • A Ph.D. in PhD in Ecology, Plant Sciences, Forestry, Biometeorology, Hydrology, or a closely related field.
  • Experience and knowledge in conducting ecosystem flux/ crop evapotranspiration measurements, micrometeorological instrumentation and specialized knowledge of plant water relations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical and computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with computer coding, such asC, R, python, matlab, statistics, computer modelling, and expertise in datalogger programming.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.
  • A Ph.D. in PhD in Remote Sensing, Geography, Earth Science, Climatology, Hydrology, or a closely related field.
  • Professional knowledge of and the ability to integrate information from hydrology, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing, physics, plant physiology, statistics, computer modeling and biophysical retrievals/canopy radiative transfer models.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical and computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with image processing software, computer languages such as C, R, python, matlab, statistics, computer modelling, and expertise in managing large data sets.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research

Remote Sensing Position

  • A Ph.D. in PhD in Remote Sensing, Geography, Earth Science, Climatology, Hydrology, or a closely related field.
  • Professional knowledge of and the ability to integrate information from hydrology, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing, physics, plant physiology, statistics, computer modeling and biophysical retrievals/canopy radiative transfer models.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical and computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with image processing software, computer languages such as C, R, python, matlab, statistics, computer modelling, and expertise in managing large data sets.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research

 

Salary and Length of Appointments:

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience.Appointments are initially two years with the possibility of additional years pending availability of funding.

To Apply:

Please apply by sending your 1) CV inclusive of publications, awards, and both laboratory and field experience; 2) contact information for at least two professional references; and 3) a cover letter discussing your key experimental qualifications, research interests and motivations for each position to ajmcelrone@ucdavis.edu. Please also specifically comment on your interest and experience engaging stakeholders and developing practical management tools for sustainable crop irrigation management. Applications will begin review on 15 Feb 2018 and will continue until filled. Start dates are flexible, but late Spring 2018 is preferred. Feel free to contact Dr. Bill Kustas (USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory- Beltsville, MD; Bill.Kustas@ars.usda.gov ) or Dr. Andrew McElrone for more details (see email listed above). These post-doctoral scholars will work closely with Dr. Yufang Jin and Dr. Daniele Zaccaria (both UCD LAWR) on this project.

Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition

Posted: January, 4, 2018

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Description: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition with an emphasis on strengthening our understanding of soil‐plant relationships that influence nutrient content and quality of food crops intended for human and livestock consumption. This position is part of a multi‐departmental hire of three new faculty to address food and nutrition problems that transcend disciplinary boundaries. This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).

Responsibilities: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is seeking applicants that focus on soil‐plant‐ microbial relationships that influence nutrient content and quality of food crops intended for both human and livestock consumption. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical and/or emerging issues that focus on mechanisms of plant nutrient uptake from the soil, and the influences of soil properties and soil microbiome on nutrient availability and uptake as they relate to nutritional quality of plant foods. The appointee will be responsible for teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes. These could include Principles of Soil Science (SSC100), Sustainable Nutrient Management (SSC109), Plant Sciences (PLS158, PLS157), a graduate class such as Advanced Topics in Plant Nutrition, and co‐teach a new set of 2‐3 interdisciplinary courses that explore the linkages between soils, food production, food consumption, and nutrition of human populations.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, or a field closely related to soil nutrient management and plant nutrition. Post‐doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research. A candidate with a willingness to build relationships with relevant State of California and federal agencies is desired.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01998. Applications received by March 1, 2018 will receive full consideration. The position is open until filled.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications in PDF format, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to the position, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, William R. Horwath (wrhorwath@ucdavis.edu).

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Post-doctoral Position: Modeling of Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Central Valley, California

Posted: September 20,2017

Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources University of California at Davis, Davis, CA The Dahlke lab ( http://dahlke.ucdavis.edu) at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (http://lawr.ucdavis.edu) at the University of California, Davis has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to perform original research in water resources management. The selected candidate will develop and test numerical modeling scenarios to evaluate the impact of different managed aquifer recharge scenarios on surface water and groundwater resources in California. The modeling results will be used to inform economic analyses of the direct and indirect costs and benefits of managed aquifer recharge programs within the Central Valley, California. The candidate ideally should have experience with numerical flow codes, a strong background in theoretical or applied groundwater flow and modeling, strong programming skills and a fundamental understanding of stochastic processes and statistical analysis methods.

The position is available immediately and will be an initial 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension pending performance and availability of funding for a second year. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Duties and responsibilities:

•Work as part of a team of hydrologists to design and test different water management scenarios using integrated surface water – groundwater models.

•Develop water balance and groundwater flow models based on different land use and climate scenarios using downscaled CMIP 5 data.

•Produce high quality scientific and technical output including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, reports, and graphics.

•Support team members in the development of proposals to secure external funding for research.

Required qualifications:

Qualification for this position includes a PhD in hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, water

resources management or related field, with a strong background in the fundamentals of groundwater and surface water flow, water resources management, watershed hydrology, and programming. Experience in integrated surface water – groundwater modeling and numerical flow codes such as IWFM, C2VSim and/or MODFLOW family codes is valued. Strong programming skills (Fortran/C++/Python/Matlab/R preferred) are required. Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals, to meet project deadlines, and to conceptualize and report research findings to sponsors, stakeholders and the scientific community is desired.

Preferred qualifications:

Prior experience with large-scale numerical models and skills in parallel and high performance

computing is desired. Ability to test relevant hypotheses and generate innovative solutions to flow problems and effective communication of modeling results and assumptions are encouraged. Good communication skills (clear written and spoken English) and ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research is preferred. Applicants with U.S. Citizenship and/or current residency in the U.S. are preferred.

Application materials:

Please apply by sending your 1) CV including listings of publications, awards, and relevant laboratory,

field and computer/modeling skills, 2) a copy of your PhD diploma, 3) a cover letter discussing your key modeling and experimental qualifications, research interest and motivations for this position, and

4) names and contact information for three potential references to Dr. Helen Dahlke

(hdahlke@ucdavis.edu). Applications will begin being reviewed on October 1, 2017.

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