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Post-doctoral Research Position in Soil Science-Agroecology-Agronomy-Hydrology (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) (JPF03282)

Posted: November 14, 2019

The Soil Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of California-Davis is seeking a post-doctoral research associate with training in soil science, agronomy, agroecology or hydrology or related discipline to examine the impact of cover crops in specialty crop systems (i.e. Walnut orchards). California is the nation’s largest agricultural producing state and has the largest specialty crop acreage. This position provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the commodity industry. This is a multi-partner effort involving experts from UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis and USDA-ARS.

The postdoctoral research associate will be responsible for evaluating cover crop mixes on soil nitrogen transformations, water use, tree nitrogen uptake, soil health and the economics of cover crop use. The incumbent will also be expected to conduct and contribute to extension activities and prepare both research and extension publications. The project will focus on understanding how cover crops impact the nitrogen and water cycles in orchards to inform development of nitrogen management guidelines and improve adoption of cover crops to support soil health. Experience in ecological isotope applications and/or biogeochemical models is highly desirable.

The incumbent will develop hypotheses based on current literature, design and conduct experiments, perform work in the laboratory and field, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. This is a full time, 12-month appointment with one additional year available depending on performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Experimental design

• Field sample collection and processing

• Data analysis and interpretation

• Review of relevant literature

• Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

• Conduct and participate extension activities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

• PhD in soil science, agronomy, plant science, agroecology or hydrology

• Expertise in soil nitrogen and/or carbon cycles,

• Experience with isotope ecological applications

• Evidence of effective data analysis, scientific writing and publication in English


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience with soil water movement

• Experience with process-based models (e.g. DayCent and DNDC)

• Experience with grant writing

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 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/JPF03282. Applicants should submit the following:

a) 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. Xia Zhu-Barker (wyjzhu@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral research position" 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 metroexec@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 metroexec@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 metroexec@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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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.

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    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.

    The University of California at Davis is rated as the #1 in the world for teaching and research in both agriculture and forestry and veterinary sciences.


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