Junior Specialist Position – Applied Field Research in the Nansen Lab
Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
The Nansen lab (http://chrnansen.wixsite.com/nansen2) is conducting a series of field-oriented research projects in strawberry fields and pistachio and almond orchards. These projects include components related to integrated pest management, field/landscape ecology, and population dynamics. We are seeking to accomplish two equally important goals: 1) through research and teaching, generate academic competence and increased understanding about insects and their role in agro-ecological systems, and 2) develop scientifically-sound solutions and decision support tools to be adopted by growers in California and elsewhere.
The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in conducting publishable field research activities in strawberry fields. Specifically, the incumbent will have the following roles and duties:
• Assist the PI and his team members in a project involving sampling of spider mites in grid patterns to characterize their spatial distribution patterns and how these change during the growing season. The incumbent will assist with effective planning and execution of the data collection In addition to conducting field sampling of spider mites, the incumbent will assist with data compilation and interpretation, and will contribute to resulting reports, outreach articles for trade journals, and scholarly manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.
• Assist the PI and his team members with sampling of Lygus and other arthropods based on a novel sampling technique. This sampling effort is part of a PhD study on use of alfalfa as a perimeter trap crop in organic strawberry fields. In addition to conducting field sampling of Lygus and other arthropods, the incumbent will assist with data compilation and interpretation, and will contribute to resulting reports, outreach articles for trade journals, and scholarly manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.
• Assist the PI and his team members in a project involving collection of experimental spray coverage data in pistachio and almond orchards and in strawberry fields. Through projects funded by the California Strawberry Commission and the California Pistachio Research Board, we collect and analyze how weather conditions and operational spray settings affect the spray coverage in crops. The incumbent will assist with data compilation and interpretation, and will contribute to resulting reports, outreach articles for trade journals, and scholarly manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.
• As part of the field projects listed above, the incumbent will independently plan the logistics and work closely with multiple team members and also engage with undergraduate students assisting with data collections.
• As a full time lab member, this position includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and management (undergraduate student technicians), and general laboratory management.
• The incumbent will present research at statewide outreach meetings in poster and oral presentation formats. The incumbent will have opportunities to develop presentation abilities at laboratory meetings.
University and Public Service
• As a component of university service, the incumbent may be asked to participate in one or more department committees, such as the Department Safety Committee or the Facilities Committee as part of their responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and management.
• As a public service, the incumbent will also be encouraged to deliver oral presentations at public events, such as statewide outreach meetings.
• The incumbent must hold the minimum of a BSc in entomology and have documented experience with applied entomological research.
• The incumbent is expected to have familiarity with agricultural systems in California.
• The incumbent must be both willing and keenly interested in field research in the northern and central regions of California.
• The incumbent must hold a valid driver’s license.
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.
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