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Location: Parlier, California
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Years of Experience:
Internal Number: 22-54
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following Project Scientist.
Location Headquarters: KARE, Parlier, CA
The Project Scientist will carry out research and extension education and make significant and creative contributions to nitrogen and irrigation education in California’s nitrate impacted regions with a focus in the Central Valley and Central Coast. The appointee will design and conduct education and outreach projects focused on nitrogen management as affected by irrigation practices, salinity, and other factors. They will have the responsibility for conducting outreach activities as well as supervision of six Staff Research Associates located in the Central Valley and the Central Coast.
The appointee is expected to work with UC ANR academics and design and implement a series of outreach events (webinars, field days, workshops) to provide information about irrigation and nitrogen regulations, management practices to improve efficiency, cost-sharing programs available, and other resources. The appointee is expected to work directly with growers to assess grower needs and identify areas where irrigation and/or nitrogen management can be improved, based on data reported and grower experience.
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active outreach and research program in nitrogen and water use efficiency and the related interface of agricultural, economic, and ecological aspects of major crops in both regions. The appointee is not required to develop an independent outreach or research program but will work with UC ANR academics, CDFA, and other stakeholders.
The project scientist is expected to develop and implement applied research programs to provide science-based information addressing irrigation and nitrogen management. The research is expected to be applied research, aimed at understanding, and solving the wide range of problems related to irrigation and nitrogen management in the central valley and central coast. The project scientist is expected to work in concert with the CE Irrigation Water Management Specialist at KARE and a team of CE advisors and CE specialists. 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 addition to supervision of six Staff Research Associates, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the outreach and 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 with input from the UC ANR Director of the California Institute for Water Resources.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Project Scientist Rank up to Associate Project Scientist Step 1. For information regarding the Project series salary scales, please refer to: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t37-a.pdf
This is a non-represented position.
The Assistant/Associate Project Scientist position is a definite term appointment. 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 health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
Skills Required: To be successful, a Project Scientist requires skills in the following:
Technical Competence and Impact
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person.
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.
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