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Project Scientist – Climate and Agriculture (UC Merced) AP# 21-62

Application Window

Open date: April 5th, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Jul 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

Location Headquarters: UC Merced, Sierra Nevada Research Institute,
Merced, CA

The Project Scientist will lead research and development of locally relevant, agricultural decision support tools that can effectively integrate weather and climate information. The Project Scientist will also assist project team to disseminate tools to give California agriculture a competitive edge in increasing resilience and reducing risks associated with climate variability and change. The Project Scientist will work closely with project investigators at UC ANR, UC Merced, USDA California Climate Hub, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and partners at the UC Davis to develop an ensemble of decision support tools and resources in collaboration with Informatics and GIS (IGIS) team to help growers make strategic decisions such as managing and preparing for weather and climate extremes, pests and disease management decisions, irrigation decisions, and decisions based on crop specific agroclimatic indicators.

The Project Scientist will routinely publish research findings related to climate science applications in agriculture and development of decision support tools in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with project investigators. Additionally, the Project Scientist is expected to assist project investigators in developing proposals for funding from federal, state agencies, and other funding organizations such as commodity boards. The UCANR project scientist will be located at and affiliated with the UC Merced, with substantial multi- UC campus multi-institutional collaborations.

Major Responsibilities: To be successful, a Project Scientist requires skills in the following:

Programmatic Competence
• Research related to agriculture and climate interactions and development of web-based decision support tools through effective integration of historic and projected climate and weather information for agricultural decisions
• Analyze data and publish manuscripts in peer reviewed journals in collaboration with project investigators as well as in non-technical formats.

Communication
• Present research at professional society meetings.
• Coordinate outreach and extension around research in cooperation with project directors.
• Develop resources in formats such as fact sheets, short videos for web-based agroclimate information portal

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility
• Collaborate with stakeholder, commodity boards, project steering committee, ANR academics, and state and federal agencies to understand and document types of decision support tools needed.
• Assist project investigators in writing grants and soliciting external funding.

Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
• Maintain a program of continuous self-improvement by participating in in-service training, seminars, workshops, work group & program team meetings, short courses, professional society meetings and other relevant opportunities.

Reporting Relationship: The Project Scientist is administratively responsible to the Climate Adaptation in Agriculture CE Specialist located at the UC Merced – Sierra Nevada Research Institute.

For Full Position Vacancy Announcement, please visit: https://ucanr.edu/About/Jobs/?jobnum=2100

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Statement of Research - In submitting your application packet, please pay particular attention to your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement. This statement is viewed very seriously as part of recruitment. Why? The University of California community values diversity which embraces inclusion, and honors excellence. Scholarship, research, creativity, innovation, and service flourish when all members of the community are welcomed, supported, and respected. UC ANR's mission and public value statements document our commitment to ensure our programs contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplaces and our communities. UC ANR is committed to removing barriers preventing full expression of our potential and to reflecting the population of California in our academic personnel, especially those who have been systematically and historically underrepresented. Please submit a 1-page Statement of your Contributions to DEI showing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your efforts.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • References - Please submit a page of 3-5 references with contact information (include phone # and email address)

  • College/Transcripts - Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Merced, CA