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Asst. Project Scientist/Zalom Lab

Application Window

Open date: June 14th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jun 30, 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: Tuesday, Jul 26, 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

POSITION DESCRIPTION – PROJECT SCIENTIST SERIES, Zalom Lab

NATURE AND PURPOSE

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.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. RESEARCH (90%)

Research activity (70%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the general research area of horticultural crops entomology and Integrated Pest Management. The focus of the research is the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, an invasive insect pest of berry crops and cherries in North America. In consultation with the Principal Investigator, the candidate will help to determine major research goals that may include: 1) investigation of detection, ecology and management of insecticide resistant populations in the field as well as collaborative studies with other scientists on mechanisms and expression of resistance at the organismal and molecular levels in the laboratory, and 2) evaluation of biological, behavioral and cultural controls for D. suzukii. The candidate 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.

Publication (10%)
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 developmental grant proposals for funding from federal and state agencies, commodity board 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.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences relative to entomology and pest management. The candidate will review manuscripts for scientific journals and participate in professional committees as appropriate. The candidate will attend professional meetings to present research results and may give oral presentations on lab and field research studies related to entomology and pest management to public and professional stakeholder groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at departmental seminars, laboratory meetings or similar educational functions.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. degree in Entomology, or related field is required. Degree must be awarded by start of position.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05019

Help contact: mttuccori@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

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Job location

Davis, CA