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Assistant Project Scientist - Alfalfa Irrigation Management (KARE)

County Location: Fresno County

Date Posted: August 14, 2020
Closing Date: October 2, 2020

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Assistant Project Scientist

Location:  Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Parlier, CA


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.

Qualifications and Skills Required 

Required Qualifications

  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with proposal development and familiarity with project planning and assessment tools and strategies.

SALARYBeginning 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.

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #20-11)

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by October 2, 2020.