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Assistant Specialist- Chetelat Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 26th, 2018
Last review date: October 10th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: October 31st, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Specialist to provide technical or specialized research expertise on tomato genetics and germplasm conservation, and to oversee operations of the C.M. Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist will provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and outreach programs. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.

A. Collaborate with other researchers to maintain greenhouse and field plots and implement seed multiplication programs. This includes the need to operate, maintain and repair greenhouse and field infrastructure and machinery, including: irrigation systems, pollinators, and seed extraction and cleaning equipment.
B. Assess identity, purity and trueness to type of all tomato accessions grown for seed multiplication or observation, requiring extensive familiarity with each of the tomato wild relatives and mutant stocks.
C. Design and implement sampling for plant disease testing programs.
D. Process and analyze plant samples.
E. Use care and precision to work with seeds, chemicals and environmental monitoring equipment, and have the technical ability to operate and maintain the seed lab equipment.
F. Oversee the logistics of running the seed lab, including safety procedures, maintenance of equipment, training others on lab protocols, and planning and overseeing daily activities.
G. Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate students to assist in field, greenhouse and seed lab.
H. Perform data entry, management, and analysis of seed germination and inventory data.
I. Prepare annual progress reports for State, Federal, commodity board and other types of funding agencies.
J. Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.

A. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
B. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
A. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
B. Lead tours and give presentations to delegations of visiting scientists and industry representatives.
C. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Master's or Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years work experience in Biology, Horticulture, Genetics, and prior experience in tomato genetics, germplasm, and/or breeding is required. Knowledge of the horticultural requirements and breeding systems of tomato and related wild Solanum species also required. Prior supervisory experience is required, and candidates should have excellent organizational skills, and the ability to communicate with students and researchers of diverse backgrounds.
Expertise in these additional areas is also desirable: management of greenhouse and field plantings, seed technology, and Microsoft Access software.

SALARY: $49,700

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: The position is initially available for 1 year with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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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