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16-22 Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Biometeorologist

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Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension – Biometeorologist (100%)

UC Davis Campus
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR), internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of Biometeorology. The mission of LAWR is to advance basic understanding of atmospheric processes at all scales, to advance hydrology as a science and technology, to advance understanding of soil-microbe-plant-environment interactions, and to integrate the core disciplines in scientific investigations of the air-water-soil continuum. A Cooperative Extension Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be applied toward Biometeorology, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various clientele (e.g., University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources [UCANR] academics and staff, public agencies, philanthropic foundations, citizens, agricultural and urban stakeholders, and community organizations) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to campus- and county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of Biometeorology. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UCANR, including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty.

Responsibilities: This is a full time, career-track appointment that includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and UCANR. The focus of this position will be on Biometeorology. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in Biometeorology. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledgeable partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.

• Extension Teaching: The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership as a liaison among campus-based researchers, CE campus, UCCE, California Agricultural Experiment Station, and county based academics, and clientele and colleague groups such as UCANR Program Teams, workgroups, and Strategic Initiatives. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics.

• Applied Research: The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied research related to biometeorology; 2) conduct, and publish the results of applied research or other creative activities related to biometeorology. Areas of emphasis may include any of the following: evaporation, evapotranspiration, eddy-covariance, surface renewal, frost protection, crop growth and phenology, and heat stress and chilling.

• Professional Competence and Activity: The candidate will be expected to participate in professional society activities including presenting papers at state, national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scientists and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal would be to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions to the science and practices of biometeorology, as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system.

• University and Public Service: The specialist is expected to serve on department or campus committees and on advisory councils and boards to respond to public questions and inquiries, provide leadership for non-formal education of end-users, intermediate users and the broad public regarding issues relevant to the specialist’s area of expertise. The specialist should also serve as a focal point, liaison and contact person to respond to regulatory and state and federal agencies, external advocacy groups, private business, and the news media on subjects and issues related to the area of expertise.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Biometeorology or other closely related disciplines is required. The successful candidate must have a record that documents productivity in research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Salary: Commensurate with experience but salaries are equivalent to comparable professorial steps and ranks.

Appointment Date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or soon after July 1, 2018.

Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at Additional inquiries should be directed to

Applicants should submit: Curriculum vitae including publication list; statement of research and extension interests and goals; a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation; copies or links to recent relevant publications; statement of contribution to diversity; and 3 letters of reference. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by July 24, 2017.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae (Including Publication List) - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research and Extension Interest and Goals

  • Summary or Abstract of the Ph.D. Dissertation

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required