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TERC - Assistant Project Scientist

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The Tahoe Environmental Research Center(TERC)is recruiting for a full time Assistant Project Scientist. The major responsibilities for this position requires:

Major Responsibilities:
Long Term Data Management and Analysis (40%)
Collating, storing, validating, managing and distributing, as requested by the TERC Director the accumulated and ongoing data collection in the Tahoe basin. This database already exists (in part) but needs to be expanded and maintained in order to capture past data measurement efforts and future projects. Experience with SQL developing and maintaining databases is essential. The candidate must be experienced in the application of statistical tools. Experience with the R statistical package is essential. Candidate will analyze the data for both long-term (multi-decadal) and short-term (multi-year) trends. Candidate will directly interact with TERC field and laboratory staff to ensure that the data are provided in a suitable and timely manner. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the data collection, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. A major annual focus of the data and analysis is the production of the annual Tahoe: State of the Lake Report. This requires the candidate to have experience working with a broad production team, and to work within a very demanding time schedule. Responsible for preparing all aspects of electronic data reports that are required by funding agencies that include the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board.

Hydrologic Optics (20%)
The position requires a candidate to have expertise in aquatic optics, particularly for both clear water and highly colored water conditions. He/she will maintain and develop TERC’s program on optical properties of natural waters. This includes data from continuous recording stations, profiling instruments, remotely sensed data and the application of light models. The calibration of optical instruments, particularly for CDOM, will be an important element of this work. The research will include comparative studies with lakes other than Lake Tahoe

Publication (20%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books, reports and other publishable materials as needed.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal, state and local agencies and other philanthropic organizations. The candidate will prepare and/or 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.

Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their 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. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.

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.Engaging in TERC’s public education program. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

Job location
Davis, CA

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Research
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.
3 references required (contact information only)

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • 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.

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