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Assistant Project Scientist - Plant Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 4th, 2019
Last review date: January 18th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 28th, 2019
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.


The University of California (UC), Davis, Department of Plant Sciences seeks to hire a full-time employee as a Project Scientist. The candidate will possess the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve or upgrade competency related to nutrient use efficiency in California cropping systems. The Project Scientist may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research, he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status.

Plan, supervise and perform research on nutrient uptake and mobility in plants using a combination of classical and modern methods.

This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of plant nutrition. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with Principal Investigator. He/she will design, organize, and lead an innovative research program focusing on nutrient management, environmental stewardship and conservation and other solutions to improve nutrient use in cropping systems. This will include field trials and laboratory experiments, collecting and analyzing data across a wide range of cropping systems and environmental conditions with an emphasis on increasing nutrient use efficiency and reducing agricultural impacts on environment. The position involves collaboration with internal and external collaborators. Some essential skills include:
• Experience with plant molecular biology;
• Experience with synchrotron-based techniques;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, maintain appropriate records and manage data;
• Strong collaborative skills and ability to work in a team environment; and,
• Good verbal and written communication skills.

Participate in professional societies and conferences both in California and nationally appropriate to his/her specific field. Serve as a reviewer for research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate.

Engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public including field days, trainings and workshops and providing relevant advice to individuals such as growers, other stakeholders or public agencies. Engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service.

Ph.D. degree in Plant Sciences, Soil Science, Agronomy, Biology, or closely related field with experience working with farmers and industry. The candidate must have experience in soil science, plant nutrition, statistical models, as well as excellent communication skills both verbally and written. This position will require travel and occasional overnight stays for field work and meetings. Candidates must have a valid California driver’s license. Minimum of 6 years graduate and/or postdoctoral research experience is required. Candidates will be expected to have a through publication record including peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

Commensurate with experience.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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