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Junior Specialist/Embedded Systems Developer

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is Step 1 at $49,000 or Step 2 at $52,200.

Application Window

Open date: July 15, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Jul 25, 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 14, 2023 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 UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is seeking a Junior Specialist I for a full time 100% position to assist in the developing and demonstrating a real-time monitoring and early detection system for insect activity in rice and almonds. The Junior Specialist rank is an entry level position, The junior specialist rank is an entry level position requiring a BS degree in Computer Engineering or related field, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience.

90% Research:
The Junior Specialist (JS) will be involved in developing a new system for detecting insect activity in agricultural products such as rice, almonds and walnuts using imaging techniques.
The candidate will work with a team in developing a small, low power camera board that utilizes WiFi and Bluetooth. Working to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the system as a whole.
The preferred JS should be majored in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field. The candidate should have experience in circuit design and embedded systems programming. The candidate should be proficient in C++ and Arduino programming. Other members of the team will be working on the development of a website and app. It is not required but it would be preferred if the candidate also had a basic understanding of web development and react native. It would also be preferred if the candidate was knowledgeable in the area of image processing.
The JS is also required to conduct research activities in our lab, storage and processing facilities to validate the functionality and to document the new system effectiveness and accuracy
The candidate will be working with a team and will be expected to communicate regularly, giving frequent updates to the other members of the team and the PI. The candidate should also expect to give regular presentations about their work and their findings. The JS will also provide mentorship to undergraduate students in Dr. Pan’s research group, training them in development, deployment, and assessment of the new system functions and operations.

Professional Competency 5%
The Junior Specialist will present research results at regular lab meetings, as well as have opportunities to present research findings at state and/or national meetings.

University Service 5%
The candidate will work closely with the PI, and will also provide mentorship to undergraduate students, who the candidate will mentor on the operation of electronic systems and embedded design.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

BS degree in Computer Engineering or related field acquired by start date

Preferred qualifications

Willingness to learn
Working in a team
Working with embedded systems
Proficient in C++ and Arduino programming
Understanding of electronics
Familiar with using circuit design software
Autodesk Eagle
Image Processing
Basic knowledge about HTTP
Visual Studio Code

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA