The Project Scientist will carry out research and extension education and make significant and creative contributions to alfalfa production and irrigation management research in California with a focus in the San Joaquin Valley. The appointee will design and conduct projects focused on crop growth and agronomic performance as affected by irrigation management, salinity, and other factors. They will have the responsibility for the Alfalfa Irrigation Management Program in California.
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program in alfalfa water use efficiency and the related interface of agricultural, economic, and ecological aspects of alfalfa and forage production on California’s irrigated farmland. The appointee is not required to develop an independent research program. The appointee is required to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets as appropriate in collaboration with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team.
In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.
The appointee will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and
other funding organizations. The appointee will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as
required by granting agencies. The appointee will interact with funding agencies and prepare
modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
Reporting Relationship: The Project Scientist is administratively responsible to the Irrigation Water Management CE Specialist at UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
About UC ANR
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.
Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.
University of California Cooperative Extension
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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
Qualifications and Skills Required
An earned Ph.D. in agricultural engineering, irrigation, agronomy, crop sciences or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.
Strong statistical and quantitative skills.
Experience in experimental design, managing field research and leading field crews in research implementation.
Experience publishing peer-reviewed research in high impact journals is required.
Experience with proposal development and familiarity with project planning and assessment tools and strategies.
Skills Required: To be successful, a Project Scientist requires skills in the following:
Technical Competence and Impact
Designing and implementing field research including, but not limited to, field trails on yield and quality of alfalfa and other crops planted in alfalfa production systems under different irrigation regimes, laboratory measurements of soil physical properties and other characteristics.
Modelling crop growth and development in relationship to crop water use and water management.
Analyze data and publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals as well as in non-technical formats.
Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, interpersonal and information technology communication skills.
Skills to communicate and extend technical information to diverse audiences are required.
Participation in professional societies and conferences and ability to give presentations at seminars and continuing education functions.
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others.
Conduct extension education and outreach with California’s alfalfa crop production stakeholders.
Develop partnerships with managers and policy makers to resolve issues associated with long-term farmland and ranch sustainability and conservation.
Able to adapt as circumstances warranted. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.
Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.
College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.
To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants.” For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than October 2, 2020.
Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.
Additional Salary Information: Salary & Benefits
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Project Scientist Rank, Step 1. For information regarding the Project series salary scales, please refer to: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/317761.pdf . This is a represented position.
The Assistant Project Scientist position is a non-career track position. The position is a one-year renewable term appointment (up to 3 years total) with a merit cycle every two years. The performance in the position will be evaluated annually. The position will be extended based on performance and availability of funding.
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. ANR is part of UC’s Family-Friendly Policies. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/
Internal Number: AP 20-11
About University of California Agriculture and National Resources
The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is a statewide network of UC researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources.300 locally based Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists 57 local offices throughout California 130 campus-based Cooperative Extension specialists 9 Research and Extension Center 6 statewide programs 700 academic researchers in 40 departments at three colleges and one professional school:UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Since the first UC Cooperative Extension office opened in Humboldt County in 1913, UC scientists have been reaching out to communities across California, serving as problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, stewards and educators.Advisors live and work in the communities they serve. To many Californians, they are the face of UC—providing expertise, visibility and a keen understanding of local issues.Together with their campus partners, they build the bridge between the people of California and their great University.
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