Junior Specialist in Biometeorology

University of California Davis

United States

Junior Specialist – Suvocarev Biometeorology lab (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis)

Job #JPF05255
  • LAND AIR & WATER RESOURCES / COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: September 15, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

We have a hiring opportunity for a highly motivated candidate to work with Biometeorology Lab starting October 2022. The successful candidate will support our team research work on project related to frost protection in almond orchards and evapotranspiration measurements in rice systems with cover crops. The Junior Specialist will work closely with graduate students, extension specialists and advisors, postdoc scholars and growers to support our investigation of water use and frost risks of the practices of orchards and rice system cover cropping and grazing. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) setting up meteorological stations, 2) field collection of soil samples, 3) frequent field visits for sensor maintenance and troubleshooting, 4) literature review, writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.

RESPONSIBILITIES
I. Research in specialized areas (90%)
40% Lab work include preparation of field equipment to be used in the field
• Prepare and check sensors before deployment
• Sensor calibrations and repair
• Soil moisture analysis and sample preparation for analytical lab
• Process, analyze, and synthesize collected data
• Conduct lab safety training for new members
• Maintain lab equipment and general lab organization

40% Field work
• Support in sensors deployment
• Frequent field visits for data collection, sensors cleaning and maintenance
• Annual or semi-annual soil sampling in two crop systems
• Troubleshooting sensors and dataloggers in the field

10% Literature Review and Writing
• Conduct literature search for relevant articles to relevant topics to the research projects
• 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 reports with project outcomes and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to participate in 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 (required at time of application)
Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline from an accredited US or international institution. (degree required at start of appointment)

[Appointees to the Junior rank should possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience. The University will not appoint postdoctoral scholars or individuals with advanced degrees or three plus years of relevant work experience as Junior Specialists.]

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
• Valid driver’s license.
• Effective communication skills.
• Experience working in a laboratory and in the field.
• Experience in Word, Excel and R or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.

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

Application Requirements
Document requirements
• Cover Letter - outlining your interest and qualifications, as well as your experience relevant to this position.
• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Reference requirements
• 2-3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05255

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

(required at time of application)

Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline from an accredited US or international
[Appointees to the Junior rank should possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience. The University will not appoint postdoctoral scholars or individuals with advanced degrees or three plus years of relevant work experience as Junior Specialists.]

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

(required at time of start)

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

Preferred qualifications

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

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05255

Help contact: ajlanderson@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

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

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. 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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Davis, Ca
 


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