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Assistant Specialist - Giulia Marino Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,200 - $65,900

Application Window

Open date: September 28, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Oct 12, 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: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 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 Department of Plant Sciences is seeking an Assistant Specialist in research activities involving tree crop physiology and precision orchard management with PIs Giulia Marino and Paula Guzman Delgado. This is a full time, one year position based at the UC Davis campus. The position will involve conducting laboratory and field research focused on tree physiology, and Remote and Proximal Sensing for Precision orchard systems management under abiotic stress (drought, salinity, and high temperature). The Assistant Specialist will work directly with the PIs and is expected to coordinate and interact with different project collaborators.

The successful candidate will be actively involved in publishable research activities, participate in research planning, implementation, and analysis, with opportunities for co-authorship or acknowledgment in publications. Applicants are expected to have an interest and experience in research related to tree physiology, horticulture, and precision agriculture with focus on orchard systems. Experience with image and big data analyses is highly valued.

Per UCD-APM 330, Appointees to the Assistant rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. It is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Doctoral degree in the relevant discipline.



A. Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving tree physiology, and Remote and Proximal Sensing for Precision orchard systems management. Evaluation of performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following:

1) Literature reviews and literature summary preparation.
2) Field data collection of physiological and biometric data, experimental set up, sensors installation and troubleshooting.
3) Statistical analysis including R, image analysis, and graphic data preparation.
4) Prepare scientific presentations in PowerPoint.
5) Development of interactive websites.
6) Contribute to scholarly manuscripts through data interpretation, development of figures, writing and review of manuscripts.
7) Review and present pertinent literature at lab meetings and journal club.
8) Occasionally assist other laboratories’ personnel with laboratory, greenhouse, and field research activities, including sample collection and processing.

B. Serve as a research coordinator for research projects conducted by PIs in the department, as resources permit. Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual laboratories, data management and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the requesting individual(s).


A. Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
B. Attend the annual tree commodity workgroup meetings and activities including but not limited to Annual Almond Board of California Conference, Pistachio Day, olive day and cherry research meeting
C. Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills.


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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A. Master’s degree in Plant Sciences, Crop Science, Agriculture, or a closely related field (at time of appointment)
B. Experience with organizing and processing lab data analysis (R program)
C. Experience in physiological field data collection (Li Cor and pressure chamber)
D. Experience in multispectral and visual imagery analysis

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

E. Valid California driver’s license (and capability of driving long distances, orchard can be up to 3 hours away from Davis, CA, and trip may be required weekly in some periods of the season)

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

F. Experience in data organization, interpretation and presentation
G. Experience with proximate sensing and data logger programming
H. Creative, with an eagerness to learn, and organized

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA