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Junior Specialist/McRobert's Lab

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We are seeking a motivated Junior Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis.
The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
• Assist the PI in the statistical and mathematical analysis of field data collected from survey programs for Pierce’s Disease and citrus Huanglongbing disease in California, and help with the preparation of research results for publication in peer reviewed journals and reports to stakeholders.
• Use the R statistical programing environment to perform time-series analysis, GIS mapping, and numerical simulation studies of plant diseases based on long-term data.
• Capture long-term data from weather station networks and relate the data to insect development rates, in relation to disease fluctuations within and between years in grapes and citrus.
• Assist the PI in preparation of presentations for stakeholder meetings and accompany the PI to selected meetings to help with outreach and extension activities related to the research.
• Independently research new and existing analysis methods for survey data that may help the research group achieve its research and extension objectives, and document the use of the methods on relevant data.
• Carry out project development activities to help the PI with development of research proposals for funders. This will involve active engagement of literature in project development and interpretation beyond that expected in a purely technical capacity, including use of literature for hypothesis development, development of literature reviews, development and optimization of protocols and analytical methods, and development of introductory and discussion material in the preparation of manuscripts and reports. Some literature will be provided (books, articles), but it is expected that the incumbent will conduct literature searches to identify additional materials.
• 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.
• Present research at both statewide outreach meetings, regional plant pathology meetings (eg. Soil Borne Pathogens Conference, American Pathological Society, Pacific Division) and national meetings (eg. American Pathological Society Annual Meeting). 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 plant pathology department retreat and other local (on-campus) events.

• Help to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the research group by explaining methods of data analysis and providing examples of computer code for them to adapt to their own projects, and by working with the students as a member of project teams to provide technical skills in analysis and computation.
Professional Competence:
• The incumbent will be encouraged to join the American Phytopathological Society and participate in regional and national meetings.
• The incumbent will be expected to identify training opportunities and workshops to acquire new technical skills in data analysis and to attend such events on a regular basis to continue to develop competence.
• The incumbent will be expected to present research at regional and national conferences and to collaborate with researchers in other groups in the PI’s scientific social network.

University and Public Service
• The incumbent were help serve critical epidemiological needs for key stakeholders such as crop commodity boards and the California Department of Food and Agriculture by assisting the PI with targeted outreach efforts.
• 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 IT Committee.

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 campus

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)