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Junior Specialist - Data management and applied data analysis and econometrics

Application Window

Open date: April 15th, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, May 16, 2022 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 1, 2022 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

Dr. Daniel Sumner in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill 1-2, one-year full-time research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level.

The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with scientific research methods or computer programming skills) in the planning and execution of a research project.

The Junior Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintain technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Junior Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Junior Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding.

Overview of main duties of the Junior Specialist: Manage, organize, clean, and analyze large data sets of agricultural prices, quantities and product characteristics. Maintain and run statistical models and perform statistical analysis of data on food and agriculture collaborating with senior researchers.

This position requires specific skills and concrete experience with organizing, cleaning, and analyzing large data sets.

Engagement in research activity is an essential part of this position including tasks such as contribution to academic publications and working with the PI, research team, and project stakeholders to discuss current and future research directions. Contribute to the drafting/editing of manuscripts, research reports, and summarization of data collection to produce academic publications for peer reviewed journals. Contribute to drafting analyses for presentations at professional conferences. Work with undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and project scientists.

Meticulously observe and follow all University policies, procedures, and ethical standards. Support the University's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals.

Specific Responsibilities:
Research (85%):
The Junior Specialist will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
• Collection, organization, cleaning, and statistical analysis in R of a large data sets, including providing results on a regular basis

• Calculating extensive summary statistics and other preliminary statistical analysis

• Performing comparative means analysis, time series analysis, regression analysis, and other types of analyses to test hypotheses

• Maintaining thorough documentation and providing the PIs with copies of all code and documentation on a regular basis, to ensure smooth transitions to other colleagues in the future

• Presenting research at statewide and national meetings in poster and/or oral formats. The Junior Specialist will be encouraged and mentored to develop presentation abilities through laboratory meetings and other local (on-campus) events.

Professional Competence (10%):
• The incumbent will present research at regional and appropriate national meetings. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.

University and Public Service (5%):
• The incumbent will be encouraged to deliver oral presentations in the classroom and at public events.

• As a full time research group member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentoring.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by May 01, 2022.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

This position requires a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Business Economics, or related field (E.g. Statistics), at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications
  • Excellent grades in econometrics and microeconomics

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Please provide a cover letter that describes your related interests, experiences, and career goals.

  • 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
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA