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The Diepenbrock lab is hiring a Junior Specialist to carry out field research trials—and lab-based analysis of samples from these trials— in grain legumes (common bean and cowpea) and sorghum. These trials will be taking place in Davis and Parlier, California, with limited additional domestic and international travel (approximately two weeks per year). Key activities include participating in the field design process, preparing seed for planting, coordinating planting and harvest, in-season agronomic management (e.g., coordinating timing of weeding, notifying collaborating teams of relevant logistics), data collection and analysis in the field and lab, and attendance of regular project meetings of the full project team and pre-breeding/genomics subteam. Examples of traits to be collected in the field include flowering time and plant height. Traits to be collected in the lab are primarily grain nutritional quality and other compositional traits. This work is part of the GEMINI project: Genotype x Environment x Management (GxExM) Innovation in Intelligence for climate adaptation. GEMINI. This project is focused on developing artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled, 3-D biophysical modeling frameworks that are integrated with genomics, to accelerate modern plant breeding pipelines for sorghum, common bean, and cowpea.
NATURE AND PURPOSE
The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The candidate will carry out field research trials and lab-based analyses of samples from these trials in grain legumes (common bean and cowpea) and sorghum. These trials will be taking place in Davis and Parlier, California, with limited additional domestic and optional international travel (approximately two weeks per year). Examples of traits to be collected in the field include flowering time and plant height. Traits to be collected in the lab are primarily grain nutritional quality and other compositional traits. This work is part of the GEMINI project: Genotype x Environment x Management (GxExM) Innovation in Intelligence for climate adaptation (GEMINI). This project is focused on developing artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled, 3-D biophysical modeling frameworks that are integrated with genomics, to accelerate modern plant breeding pipelines for sorghum, common bean, and cowpea. The Junior Specialist will work directly with the PI and breeding program personnel.
I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90%):
A. Key activities include participating in the field design process, preparing seed for planting, coordinating planting and harvest, in-season agronomic management (e.g., coordinating timing of weeding, notifying collaborating teams of relevant logistics), data collection and analysis in the field and lab, and participation and presentation of their results and research progress in regular project meetings of the UC Davis project team and pre-breeding/genomics sub-team, and in annual meetings of the full (across-institution) project team.
- The candidate will have opportunities for co-authorship in publications, namely by contributing to materials and methods sections, carrying out subsets of the data analysis, and critically reviewing and providing constructive feedback on manuscripts prior to submission to peer-reviewed journals.
- The candidate will be expected to read peer-reviewed publications (e.g., publications situated at the intersection of the target crops, trait sets, and/or methods of focus) both on their own and in a journal club context.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%):
A. The candidate will also have an opportunity to attend domestic conferences (with a disciplinary theme relevant to this project; e.g., crop science, agronomy, plant biology, plant phenotyping, plant genomics) yearly to present their research in the form of a poster or talk.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%):
A. Candidate will have an opportunity to co-mentor undergraduate student researchers (particularly in field- and lab-based data collection efforts).
B. Additional opportunities to present the candidate’s research in a manner appropriate for the target audiences, e.g., in field day events such as the UC dry bean and small grains field days and other campus scientific communication and outreach events such as Picnic Day, will be encouraged.
a. Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agricultural sciences, plant genetics, or a related field (Must be obtained at time of appointment)
b. Experience conducting fieldwork in a research setting
c. Interest in plant breeding and genetics
d. Attention to detail
e. Driver’s license that is valid in state of California
f. At least one undergraduate-level course in crop production
g. Experience working with grain legumes and/or cereals
h. Experience with spectroscopy and/or image analysis
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