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Agricultural Issue Center - Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 11th, 2019
Next review date: Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses 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. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles 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 program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), 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. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


This position requires significant and creative contributions to research in the economic analysis of impacts of agricultural and food issues and regulations. The appointee possesses expertise, experience, and the ability in econometrics, simulation modeling and the development of experimental evidence. The appointee will also be involved in activities that improve his or her professional competency. The appointee will contribute to research on topics such as agricultural policy, economics of pests and diseases, economics of agricultural technology adoption, especially in the context of California and U.S. agricultural in the context of global markets. The appointee will work closely with other economists and with agricultural scientists and researchers of other disciplines.


Research Activity (65%)
The project scientist will provide creative contributions to the research program of the UC Agricultural Issues Center. The individual with this position will work independently and as part of teams of economists and researchers from other scientific disciplines, and will use particular expertise and experience on the economics markets and production systems for specialty crops such as grapes; behavioral economics, and statistical modeling, simulation models and economic experiments. The position requires contributions to refining project goals and potential outcomes, and working with industry stakeholders and academics. The position requires considerable writing of project reports and professional articles.

Publication (10%)
The position requires contribution to publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets mostly in collaboration with colleagues on the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will contribute as needed in preparing proposals for funding from a variety of organizations, especially state and federal agencies. The candidate will interact as needed with funding agencies.


The candidate will participate in meetings of professional organizations appropriate to the field of applied economics and other groups relevant to specific projects. The candidate will make oral presentations related to research and provide occasional service as a peer reviewer.


The candidate will participate in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public, media representatives, and professional audiences, and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidate will engage in University service activities, such as University committee membership or public presentations.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the time of appointment, in economics, agricultural economics, or a closely related discipline. Evidence of research is expected.

Preferred Qualifications
Evidence of publications for technical audiences such as peer reviewed journal articles. Experience presenting at academic conferences. Evidence of experience writing for outreach audiences.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, up to three publications, and contact information for 3 references to be considered. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Salary range $57,400 to $89,500.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)