Assistant Researcher

University of California Office of the President - Oakland, CA4.1

University of California Office of the President

Requisition Number: 20190123

Appointment Type: Staff - Career

Personnel Program: PSS-Covered

Work Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Percentage of Time: 100

Organizational Area: ANR:Kearney Agricultural Center

Location: Other

Posting Salary: Min $20.74 to Mid $22.60

Position Summary:
Under supervision, provide agronomic, modeling and statistical support for various sorghum research activities which may include forage, grain, biomass, and hay sorghums.

Responsible for planning and implementing sorghum research plots which may include planting plans, planting, data collection, some statistical analysis and work on validation of modeling programs used by research program.

Promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, Accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.

This is an internal position, limited to UC employees.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Other Special Conditions of Employment:
Work flexible schedule and occasional overtime including evenings and weekends based on operational needs.

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.

Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required. Reimbursement for job-related travel is available and according to University policies.

Employment is contingent upon fingerprinting clearance from both the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC employment.

  • Must comply with regulatory agency reporting requirements (California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act).
Job Close Date: 4/2/2019


Duty 1: Plan, plant, data collection and yield harvest of various sorghum research plots located around the UC systems, but primarily located at UC-ANR-KARE and Westide REC. Duties would include planning and layout field maps and field plantings, overseeing of typical agronomic practices related to sorghum, monitoring plant growth and development, data collections, and harvest. Help assist in monitoring sorghum drought and salinity nurseries.
Percent: 60

Duty 2: Train on and understand selected modeling programs used on sorghum. Using past research data, validate selected modeling programs for viability as a working tool for sorghum predictions and recommendations for the State.
Percent: 15

Duty 3: Maintain excellent records of work performed: lab notebook, electronic data entry and computer-aided analysis. Ensure that data is properly recorded for statistical analysis. Perform initial statistical analyses of research data.
Percent: 15

Duty 4: Participate in preparation and delivery of outreach and extension programs based on results from data driven research plots.
Percent: 10

Job Requirements
Experience in agronomy of annual crops.

Skills in data collection and harvesting of annual crops.

Experience in managing research plots.

Experience with accurate record keeping, data entry and analyses.

Experience in crop modeling.

Experience in extension and outreach activities.

Experience working in laboratory, greenhouse and field operations.

Experience working sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench].

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The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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