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Assistant Project Scientist - Agronomy

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The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Project Scientist to provide significant and creative research contribution to programs related to nutrient management and environmental stewardship with a focus on nitrogen (N). The candidate will possess the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. Candidate will participate in activities to increase, improve or upgrade competency related to N management in California cropping systems. The Project Scientist may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research, he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

A. Design, organize, and lead an innovative research program focusing on nutrient management, environmental stewardship and conservation, use of organic matter amendments and other solutions to stabilize N in cropping systems. This will include field trials and laboratory experiments, collecting and analyzing data across a wide range of cropping systems and environmental conditions with an emphasis on increasing N use efficiency and reducing agricultural N impacts on air and water quality.
B. Develop and execute survey tools related to farmer behavior and adoption of nutrient management practices. This will include working with a multi-disciplinary team of agronomists, soil scientists and social scientists as well as multiple stakeholders groups across California to identify the barriers and challenges associated with adoption of N management practices in multiple cropping systems and regions
C. Train, consult with, and advise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with respect to design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific studies conducted in area of expertise
D. Make substantive scientific, scholarly, and intellectual contributions by writing reports to funding agencies, giving talks and seminars at industry and scientific meetings, and publishing results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
E. Lead acquisition of funding through proposal writing and coordination with funding agencies including federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

A. Participate in professional societies and conferences both in California and nationally appropriate to his/her specific field
B. Serve as a reviewer for research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate

A. Engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public including field days, trainings and workshops and providing relevant advice to individuals such as growers, other stakeholders or public agencies.
B. Engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service.

Ph.D. degree in Plant Science, Soil Science, Agronomy, Biology, or closely related field with experience working with farmers and industry. The candidate must have experience in soil science, plant nutrition, statistical models, as well as excellent communication skills both verbally and written. This position will require travel is occasional overnight stays for field work and meetings. Candidates must have a valid California driver’s license. Minimum of 8 years graduate and/or postdoctoral research experience is required. Candidates will be expected to have a through publication record including peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

Term of Appointment: Full-time at 100% from 1/1/2018 through 12/31/2019.

To Apply: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at Initial review date is 11/26/17. For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please email

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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
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