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Assistant Project Scientist for the Climate and Global Change Lab/Group, Dept of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: June 8th, 2021

Last review date: Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 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, Sep 30, 2021 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.

Position description


The Assistant 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 Assistant 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 Assistant Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.



Research activity (50%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research areas of extreme weather, climate change, climate model evaluation, and weather impacts. 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. In some cases, 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.

Grant Acquisition (20%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring 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.

Publication activities (20%)
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.

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. When appropriate, the candidate may 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • A PhD degree in atmospheric science, climate dynamics, or other related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • Postdoctoral experience in climate model evaluation.
    • Experience analyzing standard climate datasets (e.g. CMIP, CORDEX, LOCA, etc.)
    • Significant experience with statistical methods for climate data analysis
    • Experience working with standard precipitation metrics (ETCCDI indices, intensity-duration-frequency curves, etc.)
    • Experience in connecting atmospheric dynamical patterns to local extremes
    • Strong quantitative background
    • Excellent statistical and programming skills, using big data and multivariate analysis of large data sets.
    • Experience with standard statistical analysis software (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, GrADS)

Preferred qualifications

    • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.
    • Experience in writing proposals and a good track record in research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience).
    • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel and communication skills.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - 1) describing your research interests and experience relevant to this position,
    2) indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.

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

  • List of Publications

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2

  • Publication #3

  • Undergrad & Graduate Transcripts - if within 5 years of either degree

  • 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
  • 5 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA