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Climate & Agriculture Project Scientist AP 19-07

County Location: Merced County

Date Posted: January 15, 2020
Closing Date: February 24, 2020

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The Project Scientist will work closely with project investigators  at UC Merced, USDA California Climate Hub, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and partners at the UC Davis – John Muir Institute of the Environment and UC ANR IGIS team, to develop locally relevant, climate-based agriculture decision support systems and dissemination processes designed to give specialty crops a competitive edge in increasing productivity and reducing risks associated with climate variability and change. The Project Scientist will develop an ensemble of decision support tools and resources similar to the Northwest Climate Tool box or AgroClimate.org in collaboration with Informatics and GIS (IGIS) team including but not limited to yield tradeoff decisions, pests and disease management decisions, irrigation decisions, and heat and frost risk mitigation.  The Project Scientist will routinely publish research on applied climate science and agriculture decision support tool development in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with project investigators. Additionally, the Project Scientist is expected to assist project investigators in developing proposals for funding from federal, state agencies, and other funding organizations such as commodity boards. The UCANR project scientist will be located at and affiliated with the UC Merced, with multi- UC campus collaborations.

This is appointment is not eligible for indefinite status. The Project Scientist will be appointed to a term ending March 31, 2022.  Continuation beyond the initial term is contingent upon a review of continuing need and the availability of funding.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS:  All UC ANR Project (e.g. Scientist) series titles are expected to make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project in their academic discipline. Appointees are also responsible for performance in areas of professional competence and activity. University and public service is encouraged.

For more information and to apply, follow the link to the Position Vacancy Announcement.