The Vegetable and Strawberry Pathology Program at the University of California, Riverside seeks a motivated, independent, detail-oriented individual for an Assistant Specialist position to conduct applied research. The Program’s goal is to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of vegetable and strawberry production in California by addressing disease challenges facing these crops. The individual will lead field research studies, greenhouse experiments, and standard activities typical for a plant pathology laboratory to help understand plant pathogens and the diseases they cause and to assist development of improved and innovative ways to manage them. The individual will play a role in building the Vegetable and Strawberry Pathology Extension and Research Program and must be able to excel in a growing, dynamic, mutually-supportive team environment, participate in a safe and efficient work environment, participate in or lead mentorship of lab personnel, and effectively communicate using a variety of means with a range of audiences. The position is full-time with an initial appointment for one year, with potential for extension and advancement contingent on performance and availability of funds.
Include but are not limited to:
1) Design or assist with the design of field and
greenhouse studies through the identification of needs or knowledge gaps,
formulation of hypotheses, design of experiments, and development and
maintenance of experimental procedures and protocols.
2) Perform field and greenhouse experiments through the: propagation of plants, application of cultural or chemical treatments; collection, management, and processing of plant and soil samples; collection, organization, and maintenance of data; and analysis and interpretation of results.
3) Diagnose or assist with the diagnosis (using both classical and molecular techniques) of plants having suspected disease problems submitted by clientele.
4) Perform common tasks in a plant pathology laboratory including isolation of pathogens, growth of pathogen inoculum, inoculation of plants, maintenance of cultures, and preparing culture media.
5) Communicate or assist with communication of results to extension, scientific, and outreach audiences through oral presentations at local, regional, or national meetings and through written extension reports or articles, scientific publications, or public outreach.
6) Play a leadership role in overall lab management by mentoring lab members, contributing to the lab’s safety culture and meeting safety requirements, purchasing equipment and supplies, and contribute service to the Department, College, and University as appropriate.
1) M.S. degree, or a B.S. degree plus 2-5 years of experience, in plant pathology or an agriculture-related field such as agronomy, plant sciences, or horticulture.
2) Experience with agriculture field research, or commercial vegetable or strawberry production.
3) Ability to work outside of normal business hours, drive to regional field study locations, and to occasionally travel overnight typically within Southern California.
4) The ability to lift and carry 30 pounds and work outdoors in warm weather while wearing personal protective equipment.
5) Possession or ability to obtain a State of California driver’s license.
6) Basic knowledge of and experience with plant propagation and aseptic techniques.
7) Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
8) Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
1) Knowledge of or experience with study design, statistical analysis, and writing reports of research studies. Experience with specialized programs such as ARM, SAS, or R.
2) Possession or ability to obtain a qualified applicator’s license or a qualified applicator certificate.
3) Oral or written proficiency in Spanish.
Advancement through the specialist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, a statement of diversity, and provide three references to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01044 by December 21, 2018 for full consideration. Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will commence on December 22, 2018. For inquiries regarding the position, please contact Alexander Putman, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Christine Browner at email@example.com. For information about the Vegetable and Strawberry Pathology Program, visit https://putmanlab.weebly.com/.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.