Open date: August 10, 2022
Most recent review date: Thursday, Aug 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, Jun 30, 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.
The Assistant Specialist will work under the supervision of Drs. M. Anne Visser and Martin Kenney in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. The Assistant Specialist will collaborate on research projects focused on digitalization and platformization of farming machinery and its impact on labor in an effort to develop publishable research papers. The Assistant Specialist will be responsible for analyzing survey data, developing survey protocols and conducting interviews with various practitioners, and working with the PIs on papers for submission to academic journals.
The Assistant Specialist will work in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate students and additional faculty from the University of California system. Where appropriate, they will have opportunities to collaborate in publication processes through their own analysis work as well as in the synthesis of existing literature and most recent research related to impacts of digitalization on employment and labor markets.
The Assistant Specialist will also work with the PIs to develop an individual professional competence and activity plan that will include identifying professional, educational, and leadership activities as appropriate. These may include participation in scholarly conferences as a co-author or participant as well as participation in on campus or regional research groups and convenings. The Assistant Specialist will also engage in service primarily through undergraduate mentorship, alongside potential opportunities for direct community engagement.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (80% EFFORT)
Collaborate with faculty, other graduate, and undergraduate students affiliated with research activities involving digitalization of farming machinery and the use of platforms in agriculture. Evaluation of performance will be documented by the following: publications that acknowledge the Specialist’s significant and meaningful contribution, publications on which the Specialist is an author, other work done by the Specialist that contributed to publishable research, and active dissemination of information through informal instruction and community engagement
Research Activity (65%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of digitalization and online platform adoption in agriculture and employment. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigators. 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, and interpreting results.
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 (15%)
The candidate will assist in preparing 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 grant components as needed.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (15% EFFORT)
The Assistant Specialist will work with the PIs to develop an individual professional competence and activity plan that will include identifying professional, educational, and leadership activities as appropriate. These may include participation in scholarly conferences as a co-author or participant as well as participation in on campus or regional research groups and conferences and giving lectures on digitalization in agriculture to various practitioner groups.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
The Assistant Specialist will also engage in service primarily through undergraduate mentorship, alongside potential opportunities for direct community engagement
Master’s Degree at time of appointment in Community Development, Agricultural Development, Public Policy, or related field. (degree in hand by start of appointment)
The candidate should have experience in designing and implementing primary data collection, including surveying, interviewing, and focus groups.
Candidate should be able to triangulate research as well as qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Deep understanding of the evolution and current state of the use of digital technologies in agricultural equipment.
Ability to interact with farmers and farm workers.
Experience with working with farmers, farm equipment dealers, and farm workers preferred.
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