Junior Specialist

Davis, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Recruitment Period:
Open date: February 22nd, 2018
Next review date: March 18th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2018
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.
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in laboratory and field work within the Hartsough Lab (http://hartsough.lawr.ucdavis.edu). Under the direction and advisement of Dr. Peter Hartsough (Principal Investigator) and Drs. Martha Conklin and Roger Bales (UC Merced), the candidate will:
Research (90%)
The Junior Specialist will work with Drs. Hartsough, Conklin and Bales to design, conduct and interpret research experiments evaluating the role of effects of climate change on California hydrology. This effort will include the following activities:
  • Develop experimental designs and protocols to successful implement them while following strict quality assurance and safety guidelines
  • Critically read scientific literature to inform cutting-edge and best practice research protocols
  • Calibrate and use soil moisture, pressure transducers, snow depth, and other sensors involved in environmental monitoring
  • Assist with purchasing and inventory of equipment and supplies for experiments
  • Gather, prepare, and label supplies, datasheets, and other equipment needed for field projects
  • Record data clearly and completely on paper datasheets and Excel spreadsheets
  • Collect liquid water, snow and soil samples in the field as needed for lab calibration and analysis
  • Properly dispose of hazardous substances used in experiments
  • Keep management appraised of problems encountered including failed tests, testing delays and substandard calibrations
  • Test hypotheses using statistical techniques including the use of ANOVAs and t-tests
  • Generate graphs and summary tables for presentations and publications
  • Present data generated in ongoing experiments at weekly lab meetings
  • Assist in the maintenance of safe laboratory working conditions by following all laboratory and field safety procedures, wearing all necessary protective clothing, identifying potential hazards and bringing them to the attention of the laboratory supervisor

Professional Competence (5%)
The Junior Specialist will participate in the development of scientific products for dissemination. This includes contributions to conference posters (e.g. American Geophysical Union), attendance at local conferences and meetings (such as those hosted by the California DWR), and publication of peer reviewed journal articles (e.g. those in hydrology and environmental monitoring).

University and Public Service (5%)
Provide mentorship for graduate and undergraduate students and scientists working with the Hartsough laboratory and collaborators laboratories on techniques and procedures above. Participate in the development of written reports and oral presentations to the Marin Municipal Water District, the USDA and the ARS as required by the project.

Basic qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology or Environmental Science
  • Must be able to lift 40-50 pounds at length
  • Knowledge of hydrology and environmental science
  • Skills to carry out repetitive laboratory and field experiments with close attention to detail and limited supervision
  • Ability to calculate chemical concentrations and dilutions
  • Record keeping skills to accurately record detailed research data collected throughout studies.
  • Experience using software such as Word, Excel, GIS, R, and other computer programs
  • Experience handling power tools and other field equipment
  • Must have a valid CA driver’s license, a clean driving record, and be comfortable driving on mountain roads in variable conditions

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior experience with hydrology research including stream gauging snow measurement
  • Experience working both alone in the field and with research collaborators
  • Interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Salary Range: Step I, $18.26/hour

Term of Appointment: 50% for 6 months (starting April 1, 2018) with the potential for extension up to 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

To Apply: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how they meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, their most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Questions: Please direct questions to Anna Lee via email to [email protected] 

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, disability, age or protected veteran status. 
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
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  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested. (Optional)
  • 2-3 references required (contact information only)

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