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Jr. Specialist - Invasive Plant Species

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 9th, 2019
Next review date: January 25th, 2019
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
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.


We are seeking a motivated Junior Specialist (100% time) in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis starting in March 2019. The successful candidate will help conduct basic and applied research in plant biology and ecology ecological research to increase knowledge of alien invasive plant species, and to more effectively manage plant invasions and restore invaded tidal and riverine wetlands. Will work closely with USDA ARS scientists and technicians, graduate students, faculty, and natural land and water managers as an active member of a research team. Will support investigations of invasive plant colonization and population dynamics, and responses to sea level rise and other climate change effects. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) plant and soil sampling, processing and archiving, 2) lab analyses of soil and plant tissue, leaf area and gas exchange, 3) assessment of plant phenology and functional traits, 4) plant species identification and field mapping of plant population distributions using GPS technology, 5) outreach activities to resource managers and the scientific communities 4) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders and 5) lab management.

I. Research in specialized areas (85%)
75% work closely with biologists and graduate students to sample and monitor greenhouse, mesocosm and manipulative field experiments; sample processing and archiving, lab analysis of plant biomass, soil and plant tissue nutrient concentrations, plant functional trait responses to environmental conditions, and plant population responses to weed management. Will be actively involved in publishable research activities including participation in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, as well as appropriate co-authorship or acknowledgement in publications.
10% Lab management
Lab and equipment maintenance, greenhouse maintenance, general lab organization.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
A. Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
B. Participate in scientific discussions with peers to enhance confidence.
C. Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills

III. University and Public Service (10%)
A. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
B. Lead tours and give presentations to delegations of visiting scientists and industry representatives.
C. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

Qualifications: B.S. in Biology, Plant Biology or Plant Sciences, Botany, Ecology and Evolution or other Life Sciences with interest in botany, ecology, ecological restoration and weed science. Valid driver’s license and proficiency with Microsoft office are required. The successful candidate must be able to conduct active field work and research, swim for safety when working in and around aquatic ecosystems; and have excellent laboratory/plant science skills and be a good team member and communicator. Candidates with undergraduate research experiences are preferred. This is a full time, one-year renewable position based at the USDA ARS Aquatic Weed Research Facility -- UC Davis

Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Term of Appointment: Full time for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Salary: $ 39,500/yr.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

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