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McElrone Lab Junior Specialist

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The Junior Specialist will be joining our research team developing and evaluating novel sensor technology for use in water stress detection and irrigation management in grapevines and almonds. The incumbent will be responsible for preparation, set-up, installation, and maintenance of datalogger stations containing infrared radiometers, surface renewal sensors, and microclimatic sensors at various vineyard and orchard research sites throughout northern and central California, including those in commercial plots. The incumbent will maintain the stations throughout the duration of the project, and will be responsible for analyzing, curating, synthesizing, and presenting the resultant data generated for each site. The incumbent will also conduct regular measurements to assess plant stress that include gas exchange and water potential measurements. The Junior Specialist will work under the supervision of Dr. McElrone (reporting and primary), as well as with collaborators to develop a new web-based portal designed to facilitate grower use and interpretation of new infrared radiometers. The Junior Specialist should have strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and decision-making skills, and be able to work well independently and as part of a team. The incumbent will be responsible for executing experimental plans developed in partnership with the PI. The incumbent will be expected to analyze and interpret data he collects independently, and then, through critical thinking, propose next steps to be discussed with the PI. The incumbent will contribute significantly to the advancement and planning of projects, and creatively contribute proposals of experimental steps that result from research findings. This process requires thorough knowledge of the field and appropriate research literature. The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in innovative research that requires him to be informed on current findings in the field and will be expected to perform reviews of the literature required for project in question. The junior specialist will be expected to participate and present research results at the annual meetings for the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and The Almond Board of California. Pending the availability of university or external travel funds, The incumbent will also apply to attend the American Society for Horticultural Sciences conference in 2018. At any and all meetings he attends, the junior specialist will present his research in either poster or presentation formats.

This work will provide opportunities to contribute to research publications, including completing a manuscript on which the junior specialist is slated to be contributing author in the next 9-12 months. With the assistance of the PI, the junior specialist will contribute to other manuscripts based on his ongoing work with IRT sensor development, which is already yielding results that are planned for manuscript preparation within 12 months. The Junior Specialist’s contribution to manuscripts is to independently complete data collection, analysis, summary, figure development, and drafting sections of the manuscript. Beyond this, the incumbent will contribute figures/tables to other manuscripts in the lab and will be included as a co-author on those papers. In addition, our intention is to have the Junior Specialist lead reviews of current papers from the scientific literature related to technological innovations in agriculture and their use in irrigation management. The Junior Specialist will present research results at regular lab meetings. The Junior Specialist will also provide mentorship to undergraduate students, who the candidate will mentor on datalogger programming, wiring and field installation.

Basic Qualifications
• B.S. in Viticulture and Enology or related fields

Additional Qualifications
• Formal Computer Science coursework
• Experience in computer programming including mobile app and database programming in C, Java, R, Matlab
• Field datalogger programming using loggernet
• Experience in vineyard/orchard water potential and LiCor 6400 measurements

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in deploying and maintaining field station installations
• Experience in biometeorology through coursework or practical experience

This position is available immediately. For full consideration, please apply by September 26, 2017. Click the link to apply

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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