Butte County
University of California
Butte County

Project Scientist – Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (Project Series) AP#17-29

County Locations: Sutter County, Yuba County

Date Posted: January 17, 2018
Closing Date: February 16, 2018

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This position is headquartered at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) in Brown's Valley, CA. 


POSITION PURPOSE: The Project Scientist will work closely with both project directors at UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) and Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center (EOARC) to lead a multi-state research project investigating biotic and abiotic drivers of native plant recruitment on degraded intermountain rangeland and identifying potential management actions that can be used to improve large-scale restoration efforts.  The Project Scientist is expected to work on all phases of research with both project directors with the bulk of field work and project development being run out of EOARC as this location is in close proximity to the Oregon and California intermountain field sites.  As such the project scientist will maintain daily contact with the EOARC project director (Roger Sheley) as well as other potential EAORC field support staff that may be used in project implementation.   

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS:  All UC ANR Project (e.g. Scientist) series titles are expected to make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project in their academic discipline. Appointees are also responsible for performance in areas of professional competence and activity. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:  Major duties include synthesizing current literature to identify critical knowledge gaps and working with project directors and field technicians to design and implement research filling theses gaps and lead publication efforts to present these results. 

  • Conduct field research and synthesis studies that address key restoration issues on intermountain rangeland.
  • Analyze data and publish manuscripts in peer reviewed journals as well as in non-technical formats. 
  • Present research at professional society meetings.
  • Coordinate outreach and extension around research in cooperation with project directors.
  • Collaborate with federal and state governmental agencies by providing science based information around intermountain restoration.
  • Serve the public by participating in activities of public agencies or professional societies that address key public needs.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  An earned Ph.D. in plant ecology, range ecology, or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.  Strong statistical and quantitative skills and experience applying theses skills to diverse types of ecological data sets are required.  Experience managing field research and leading field crews in research implementation are required.  Ability to lead field work under remote field conditions is required. Experience publishing peer-reviewed research in high impact journals is required.  Skills to communicate and extend technical information to diverse audiences are required.  Experience with proposal development and familiarity with project planning and assessment tools and strategies are desirable. 

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Project Scientist Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Project series salary scales, please refer to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/263 293.pdf. The Assistant Project Specialist position is a non-career track position. 

The position is a one-year renewable term appointment (up to three years total) with a merit cycle every two years. The performance in the position will be evaluated annually. The position will be extended based on performance and availability of funding. 

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following four components of the Application Packet to anracademicsearch@ucanr.edu: 

  1. Cover Letter 
  2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication
    Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  4. College Level 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.

For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than February 16, 2018. Please refer to position AP#17-29. For questions regarding this position, please contact Soo Hsieh at syhan@ucanr.edu.

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