We seek to hire a Junior Specialist, Step 1 to conduct research in agricultural insect ecology, focused on pest management in California citrus. The Junior Specialist will assist the PI and a postdoctoral researcher in a collaborative research effort that includes both statistical ecology (ecoinformatics methods) using grower- and consultant-derived data to address pest management questions, and complementary field experimentation. Primary duties will involve working as a liaison with farmers and pest management consultants to develop data sharing relationships; interpreting data records and entering data into a dedicated citrus pest management database; designing and executing field experiments; analysis of observational and experimental data; assisting in the writing of scientific papers; assisting in the writing of extension materials; and making presentations at farmer meetings and local and state meetings of pest management professionals.
Field work will be conducted primarily at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center, Tulare County, California.
The appointment will initially be made for one year, with potential for renewal for a second year, contingent on performance and continuing availability of funding.
The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
• Assist the PI by acting as a liaison with farmers and private pest control consultants who are sources of raw data for our citrus pest management database. This will involve regular face-to-face meetings with growers, explaining the goals of our research, fielding farmer and consultant questions, working with farmer and consultant hard copy and electronic data records, and soliciting clarifications on the meaning of farmer records.
• Assist the PI in building a multi-year citrus pest management database, by interpreting farmer and consultant records and entering data manually or using automated scripts into a dedicated database, Citrusformatics. The incumbent will develop expertise in using Citrusformatics, and will collaborate with software developers to correct programming errors and elaborate the functionality of the database. The incumbent will also collaborate with software developers to automate some aspects of data import to the database.
• Assist the PI in designing and executing field experiments to address hypotheses that emerge from analyses of the citrus pest management database. This work will be both collaborative in the design phase but largely independent in the data collection phase. Field work will be conducted at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center, Tulare County, California.
• Assist the PI in analysis and interpretation of data from both the citrus pest management database and the field experimentation, preparation of scientific manuscripts to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals, and development of outreach materials (written and web-based) to deliver information to the scientific community and our stakeholders in the citrus community.
• Present research at both statewide outreach meetings, regional insect pest management meetings (i.e., annual citrus roundtable meetings, AAIE meetings), and meetings of the citrus farming community (i.e., annual Citrus Research Board meetings). Presentations will be delivered in poster and oral presentation formats. The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities in laboratory meetings and the UC Davis entomology department retreat and other local (on-campus) events.
• Assist the PI in development of grant proposals based on preliminary data collected in previous studies conducted by the incumbent, including development of project objectives, experimental methods and project background information.
• As a full time lab member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards, meeting regulatory requirements, and general laboratory management. The incumbent may also be responsible for training undergraduate research assistants to work with data entry into Citrusformatics.
• The incumbent will present research at both statewide outreach meetings, regional entomology meetings, and national entomology or ecology meetings. Presentations will be delivered in poster and oral presentation formats.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to participate in weekly lab meetings, weekly meetings of the joint insect ecology laboratory meetings held within the Department of Entomology and Nematology, and to attend weekly seminars in the Department of Entomology and Nematology.
• The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with the Entomological Society of America and the Ecological Society of America.
University and Public Service
• As a component of university service, the incumbent will also be asked to serve on one or more department committees, such as the Department Safety Committee or the Facilities Committee.
• As a public service, the incumbent will also be encouraged to deliver oral presentations at public events, such as those held as part of formal outreach activities hosted by the Bohart Museum of Entomology or the Department of Entomology and Nematology.
This position requires a minimum of a B.S. or equivalent degree.
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
To apply, please provide (1) a cover letter that captures your related interests, experiences, and career goals, (2) a current CV, (3) contact information for three references that may be consulted.
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.
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 spaces.
Hours: 40 hours per week.
Location: UC Davis
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - A cover letter that captures your related interests, experiences, and career goals,
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Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.
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