Assistant Project Scientist - Magney Plant Optics Lab
Open date: February 24, 2023
Most recent review date: Thursday, Mar 9, 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, Sep 1, 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 Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in their academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise in plant physiology/remote sensing 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), they are not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. They 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. This position will be in the Plant Optics lab working under Troy Magney but will be highly collaborative with researchers across UC Davis. The position will be primarily research focused on remote sensing of plant traits: both structure and function. This will require data collection and analysis at the leaf, canopy and satellite scales, using both canopy level spectroscopy and drone data.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
I. RESEARCH (85%)
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 remote sensing of plants, broadly. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques for mapping and quantifying plant structure and function. In some cases 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.
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 acquiring 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 modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.
The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.
A. PhD in Natural Resources, Plant Biology, Geography, Earth Science or related field (at time of appointment)
B. At least 3 years postdoctoral experience
C. Experience with field spectroscopy
D. Experience in analyzing large datasets
E. Experience collecting plant trait data (structure and function)
F. Demonstrated evidence of curiosity and creativity
G. Demonstrated evidence of working with trainees (undergraduate or graduate students)
H. Experience with writing proposals
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