The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking a Junior Specialist in crop physiology in the Marino Lab. The position will involve conducting laboratory and field research focused on physiological and biochemical factors affecting pistachio hull maturity and shell split as a function of temperature and tree physiology. The Junior Specialist will work directly with the PI at the Kearney research and extension center (KARE) located at Parlier (CA) and is expected to coordinate and interact with project collaborators at UC Davis campus. The successful candidate will be actively involved in publishable research activities, participate in research planning, implementation, and analysis, with opportunities for co-authorship or acknowledgement in publications. Applicants are expected to have an interest and experience in research related to tree physiology, horticulture and pomology.
A. Research in specialized areas (90%)
Develop experimental designs and protocols aiming to affect growth patterns and sink-source relationships in perennial crops
Coordinate with the other members of the team located at the UC Davis campus for sample collection and shipment
Build, calibrate and install sensors for in field plant-based and environmental data collection
Perform field and laboratory data collection of biometric and physiological parameters
Critically read scientific literature to define research objectives and protocols and interpret experimental results
Analyze and interpret data collected
Meet weekly with PI and others to discuss literature review, results and interpretations of data collected
Contribute to the production of scholarly manuscripts and extension and outreach material
Assist with lab maintenance, purchasing and inventory of equipment and supplies for experiments, organization of lab storage facilities.
B. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
Attend extension meetings organized by the growers, commodity boards and stakeholder
Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills.
C. University and Public Service (5%)
Lead tours and give presentations to visiting scientist and industry representatives.
Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities, as appropriate.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Plant Science, Agriculture or a closely related field. The successful candidate must be capable of working and thinking independently and have a valid driver license. The candidate should be creative, organized, efficient, capable of multitasking, and have good communication skills.
SALARY: $42,300/year. This is a 50 % appointment for one year ($21,150/yr) with the potential to extend based on performance and funding availabilit.
Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry-level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field or with a bachelors degree and three years of relevant work experience (see APM-UCD 330).
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