Skip to main content

Jr. Specialist- Pat J Brown Group/Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 at Step 1 or $52,500 at Step 2.

Application Window

Open date: November 16, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 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.

Position description

The Pat J. Brown Group/Lab in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis is recruiting for a Junior Specialist (100%) that involves working in orchard crop management and genetics in the pistachio and walnut breeding programs. The position will involve conducting essential field research focused on maintenance and use of irreplaceable plant populations. The Junior Specialist will work directly with the PI and breeding program personnel. The Junior Specialist will have opportunities for co-authorship or acknowledgement in publications.

A. Research (90%)

  1. Assist with orchard management and design, planting, harvest, budding/grafting, phenotyping, and other field activities as necessary to maintain tree health in breeding program orchards.
  2. Meet biweekly with PI and others to present and discuss results and interpretations of data collected.
  3. Work with breeding program personnel to enter all relevant field information into a database.
  4. Contribute to scholarly manuscripts through data collection and interpretation.

B. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

  1. Attend webinars/seminars on topics related to management of California orchard crops.
  2. Attend the annual UC Davis Plant Breeding Retreat, with the opportunity to attend additional conferences.
  3. Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills.

C. University and Public Service (5%)

  1. Lead tours and give presentations to visiting scientist and industry representatives.
  2. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities, as appropriate.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

a. Bachelor’s degree in plant science or related field. (degree must be obtained by time of appointment)
b. Previous experience in orchard management.
c. Willingness to work outdoors under inclement conditions.
d. Ability to work independently and communicate effectively as part of a team.
e. Valid CA driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications

f. Background in plant science (eg: breeding, physiology, pathology, mineral nutrition) or related field
g. Organization, work ethic, attention to detail
h. Previous experience with computer databases

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link:

Help contact:

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment.(Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

2022 Forbes Award: Best Employers for Diversity 2022 Forbes Award: Best Employers for Women

Job location

Davis, CA