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Assistant Specialist - Mediterranean Tree Crop

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 12th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jun 19, 2020 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: Friday, Jul 31, 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 Department of Plant Sciences is seeking a Assistant Specialist in tree crop physiology in the Mediterranean Tree Crop Physiology Program. The position will involve conducting literature searches, writing summaries, website development, and working directly with the PI, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in both field and laboratory experiments. The successful candidate will be actively involved in publishable research activities, participate in research planning, implementation, and analysis, with opportunities for co-authorship or acknowledgement in publications. Applicants are expected to have an interest and experience in research related to plant physiology.

A. Abilities in specialized areas (90%)

Literature reviews and literature summary preparation.
Statistical analysis including R, and graphic data preparation.
Prepare scientific presentations in PowerPoint.
Development of interactive websites.
Contribute to scholarly manuscripts through data interpretation, development of figures, writing and review of manuscripts.
Familiarity with Apple Products: Imac, Ipad, Iphones, MacBookPro
Review and present pertinent literature at lab meetings and journal club.
Occasionally assist other laboratories’ personnel with laboratory, greenhouse, and field research activities, including sample collection and processing.
Ability to speak and write Spanish preferred.

B. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
Attend the annual Pistachio Day and Pistachio Work Group Activities.
Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills.

C. University and Public Service (5%)

Lead tours and give presentations to visiting scientist and industry representatives.
Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities, as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Plant Physiology, Horticulture or a closely related field. The successful candidate must be capable of working independently and have a minimum of one year of experience. The candidate should be organized, efficient, capable of multitasking, and have good communication skills.

SALARY: $51,700/year (this is a 100% appointment for 1 year with the potential to extend.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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 required (contact information only)