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Project Scientist- Environmental Science and Policy

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 24th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 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.



Research activity and project management (55%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active applied research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of fire and ecosystem ecology. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. 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.
At the time of hire, the Project Scientist will focus on three projects (listed below) but he/she will be expected to develop new projects and funding sources over time.

  1. The Project Scientist will work closely with the supervisory scientist and a lab specialist to lead the joint CalFire-UCD prescribed fire monitoring program. This task will include developing monitoring protocols and the annual monitoring schedule, supervising a PhD student and the field crews, carrying out quality assurance visits in the field, conducting data analysis and preparing annual reports and scientific publications. The task will amount to 40-60% of the Project Scientist’s time.
  2. The Project Scientist will work closely with the supervisory scientist and a lab specialist to carry out technical coordination duties for the Sierra Nevada section of the California Fire Science Consortium (CFSC). CFSC is a Joint Fire Science Program-supported interagency organization whose purpose is to provide fire science support to fire and fuels management in California ( Duties include carrying out most of the day-to-day operations of the Sierra Nevada section, including organizing and implementing field trips, workshops, lectures, and webinars; writing and editing fire science briefs; coordinating with the state CFSC leadership and the other sections; semi-annual and annual reporting; and interacting with the section’s steering committee. The task will amount to 10-20% of the Project Scientist’s time.
  3. The Project Scientist will work closely with the supervisory scientist to identify pressing research needs in applied fire and ecosystem science and carry out novel, cutting-edge projects that answer important scientific questions with direct application to management of the National Forests and other protected lands in California and beyond. The task includes project development and implementation, grant-writing and raising of funds, data collection and analysis, and write up and publication. This task will amount to 20-50% of the Project Scientist’s time.

Publication (15%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in developing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. The candidate may also coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

PhD or equivalent terminal degree by time of appointment

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2019

University of California, Davis, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and respect for differences based on gender, cultural ethnicity, level of disability, and sexual orientation.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (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)