Jr. Specialist, for the Lazcano Soil Ecology Lab, Dept of LAWR, UC Davis
POSITION BACKGROUND The Lazcano Soil Ecology Lab is seeking a highly motivated individual to contribute to the ongoing projects in soil ecology and soil health in different agricultural settings (https://lazcano.faculty.ucdavis.edu).
The successful candidate will participate in soil sampling and analysis to determine the variability in different aspects of soil health in wine grape production. Parallel research will try to determine the biological processes underpinning changes in soil health under different management strategies. The Junior specialist will interact closely with growers and perform field sampling in Napa Valley, with occasional samplings that will require traveling to vineyards in the Central Coast (Paso Robles). In addition, the Junior Specialist will be expected to work on parallel projects studying plant-microbial interactions in the rhizosphere. Therefore, the Junior specialist will develop a comprehensive skillset in the analysis of soil biology and biochemical properties.
Under the supervision of Dr. Lazcano, the Junior Specialist will perform the following duties.
I. Research (90%)
In collaboration with the lab graduate students, help with the coordination of soil sampling events.
Collection of soil, plant and gas samples at the field sites
Processing of the samples collected (sieving, drying, grinding)
Biochemical analyses of the samples (microbial biomass, C and N contents, microbial activity, etc.)
Maintenance and troubleshooting of the instruments and tools in the lab
Recordkeeping, data entry and synthesis.
Implementation and maintenance of UC Davis lab safety requirements
Participation in regular lab meetings
Regular and fluent communication with the PI and graduate students
Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
Contribution to scholarly scientific manuscripts from the lab, by writing methods, creating figures and performing statistical analyses on the data collected
II. Professional Competence (5%)
The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to attend and present at regular laboratory group meetings, attend seminars at the university, and local scientific and extension meetings to present data. Examples of meetings where the candidate would present are: wine-industry field days, the California Plant and Soil annual conference, the California Annual Small Farm Conference as well as the annual meetings of the American Geophysical Union and the Soil Science Society of America.
III. University and Public Service (5%) The Junior Specialist will mentor undergraduate lab assistants working in the lab.
A Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Environmental Science and Management or a related field by the time of the appointment. [Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor's degrees and three years' relevant work experience.] (See APM-UCD 330)
Valid driver's license
Experience with Word and Excel
Excellent communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Previous research experience working in the lab and field
Experience with statistical analysis.
SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $42,300.00/annually [100%] plus benefits.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by May 31, 2020. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (100%) for 1 year, starting July 1st, 2020, with the potential to extend up to an additional 12 months upon satisfactory progress.
TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF0xxxx. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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