Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Jr. Specialist, in Irrigation & Water Management Research Group, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis
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.
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 pre-processing 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 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.
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.
Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
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