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Jr. Specialist- Human Ecology

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 13th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, May 27, 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: Thursday, Oct 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.


Research (87%)
• Under the direction of the PI, the Junior Specialist with gather food system network data, clean and enter data and work along side/collaborate with a team of undergraduate researchers in assembling data.
• The Junior Specialist will analyze this data in social network software.
• The Junior Specialist will draft the methods sections of the resulting research article and edit/proof the findings, providing further context.
• Resulting manuscripts will list the Junior Specialist as co-author.

Professional Competence (8%)
• The Junior Specialist can attend and present findings at the Agriculture and Human Values conference

University and Public Service (5%)
• The Junior Specialist will advise/mentor undergraduates as they assemble data.

Salary Range: $39,500 - $43,400

• BS or BA in Agriculture related field
• Ability to work independently
• Good organizational skills
• Familiarity with basic data collection and entry
• Ability to identify and solve problems encountered in field or lab settings
• Willing to carry loads of up to 50 lbs.
• Able to work at field sites under inclement weather conditions, and able to work unusual hours as needed
• Have a valid driver’s license

NOTE: The junior specialist rank is an entry-level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field or with a bachelors degree and three years of relevant work experience (see APM-UCD 330). Candidates will higher than a bachelor’s degree or if they have a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience, they should not be hired into a Jr. Specialist position.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant skills, a resume, and a list of 2 references including their contact information. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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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
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)