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01/01/2018

Tenure-track faculty position in plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in plant breeding and genetics. We seek dynamic and motivated scientists who have expertise in plant germplasm evaluation, enhancement, and utilization. Candidates are sought with demonstrated capacity to integrate next-generation technologies and large datasets with classical field- and laboratory-based plant improvement approaches in their research program. Commitment to teaching excellence and stakeholder engagement is an important part of this position.

Minimum requirements: 
* PhD in a related field by application date
* Experience in plant germplasm enhancement or genetic resource evaluation
* Experience with genomic technologies relevant to crop breeding and genetics
* Effective communication skills
* A strong record of scholarly achievement 

Complete applications due by 01/01/18 for full consideration. 

Full job description and application procedures at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/50923.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

11/30/2017

Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development

Location: UC ANR - Davis

Date Posted: October 6, 2017
Closing Date: November 30, 2017

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This position is located in Davis, CA.

The University of California seeks a highly motivated individual with an exceptional academic record to serve as Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development for the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). Through leadership, vision and strategy the successful applicant will advance academic excellence in research and Cooperative Extension. This senior programmatic leadership position provides oversight for academic hiring and the academic peer review process; will develop and deliver a mentoring program for new and advanced UC ANR academics; and sets direction for continuous improvement in increasing reach, enhancing impact, outstanding data collection and reporting. This senior leader will navigate the UC ANR system and support success of new academics; strategize best methods for interpretation and implementation of policy; and ensure consistency in policy implementation and treatment of academics.

The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development is a key member of a combined leadership team, including the Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs, Vice Provost of Research and Extension, and the Associate Vice President. This senior leader is the key contact with the Academic Assembly Council.

All UC ANR academic administrator appointees are also responsible for performance in the areas of 1) professional competence and activity and 2) University and public service.

An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all administrators. The Vice Provost will ensure that outreach efforts in program identification, development, planning and delivery provide equitable service to all ethnic and gender groups comprising potential clientele.  The Vice Provost will oversee outreach planning and ensure that required documentation of outreach efforts, outcomes and reporting is completed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Ph.D., or other terminal degree, is required, prior to the appointment start date.  Demonstrated organizational and management skills with abilities to facilitate and conduct group process is required.  Ability to supervise and evaluate academics and staff employees and foster an environment of inclusivity is required.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. A minimum of five years of experience managing multi-disciplinary academic programs and the ability to analyze and interpret UC and Division policies and procedures is desirable. Experience in ANR Cooperative Extension or a similar UC structure is desirable. Skills to communicate effectively in a second language is desirable.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  The position requires a high degree of complexity and autonomy.  Experience in leading a large complex organization is essential, including experience in management of multiple programs, personnel and budgets.  Incumbent must have demonstrated exceptional organizational, people, and decision making skills.  Extensive state and national travel is required. 

A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.


SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the University of California Academic Administrator series and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding UC Academic Administrator series scales, please refer to the University of California website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/244302.pdf.

 

12/15/2017

SFPUC Native Plant Internship

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for the management of 63,000 acres of watershed lands and 210-miles of rights-of-way. Located in three counties, these lands contain the water supply storage, transmission, and treatment systems which serve 2.4 million people. The Natural Resources and Lands Management Division provides direction for watershed protection, planning, research, operations, and training. The Ecology Group within the SFPUC Natural Resources Division is currently seeking an intern to participate in a wide variety of plant propagation tasks related to the Sunol Long Term Improvements Project in Sunol, CA. The Sunol Long Term Improvements Project includes upgrading the Sunol Yard operations and maintenance facilities and the construction of the Alameda Creek Watershed Center, an interpretive facility showcasing the natural cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Alameda Creek watershed. The Center will include an interpretive exhibit hall as well as a watershed discovery garden and trail that demonstrates the plant communities of the surrounding watershed, and the landscaping in the yard includes bioswales for storm water filtration and drought-tolerant, regionally appropriate California native plants.

The selected candidate will work with SFPUC biologists to propagate and maintain California native plants intended for planting in SFPUC landscaping and habitat restoration projects using the best management practices for producing clean nursery stock, and should have working knowledge of the techniques, materials and equipment used in propagation, cultivation, and installation of California native plants.

Examples of important and essential duties include:

  1. Determines the species and quantities of plants to be propagated and cultivated.
  2. Supervises volunteers and participates in the performance of a variety of nursery activities; makes and sets cuttings; sows seed; transplants seedlings or rooted cuttings to pots or flats; gathers seed; pots and repots plants.
  3. Sterilizes and mixes soils to be used in plant propagation activities; applies fertilizers to crops when needed; prunes and stakes nursery stock.
  4. Makes necessary adjustments regarding ventilation, temperature, humidity and other environmental factors affecting plant materials.
  5. Takes inventory of stock, maintains accurate and detailed records of plant propagation activities.
  6. Inspects nurseries and greenhouses for proper repair, makes repairs of greenhouse, shade structures and irrigation systems as needed.

Deadline to apply: December 15th, 2017

Link to answers to frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) webpage: http://www.sfstudentintern.org/announcements/intern_faq.aspx

Starting Pay: $20.39

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least two years of college from an accredited college or university. You are only eligible to apply to this program if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Schedule:  This position will being on March 19th, 2018, will be part time (20 hours/week), and  will require some weekend work.

Location: Sunol, CA with occasional travel to the SFPUC headquarters at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.

To apply:

12/15/2017

Universitat de Lleida
Departament de Producció
Vegetal i Ciència Forestal

Av. Alcalde Rovira Roure, 191
E 25198 LLEIDA (Catalunya)
tel. +34 973 70 25 24
Fax +34 973 70 26 90
secretaria@pvcf.udl.cat
http://www.etsea.udl.cat/dept/pcf/

Postdoctoral and PhD positions – plant biotechnology – University of Lleida

The Applied Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain seeks a postdoctoral scientist with expertise and a documented track record in corn transformation to join a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to engineer biological nitrogen fixation. Preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates with documented experience in plant molecular biology and the genetic transformation of maize. The post is offered for an initial period of 2 years with the possibility of extension contingent on performance. Only candidates fulfilling the above requirements for the position will be considered.

We also seek two highly-motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD degree in plant molecular biology at the University of Lleida. The first position concerns the production of recombinant proteins in cereals for molecular pharming applications. The second position focuses the metabolic engineering of cereal crops using the latest genome editing technologies. Candidates should hold a Bachelor of Science degree with a grade higher than 8.0/10.0 and should also have a Master’s degree in biological sciences.

Candidates interested in these positions should forward a detailed curriculum vitae and a motivation letter, including the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees, to Paul. Christou (christou@pvcf.udl.es) as soon as possible. The anticipated starting date will be early to mid-2018. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness scales.

12/22/2017

Research Fellow

(Agricultural Systems)

Position available for a research fellow/senior research fellow in agricultural systems to support the growing Agricultural System Modelling Research Group at University of SouthernQueensland.  More details and information on how to apply can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/hr/jobs.

12/22/2017

Senior Research Fellow

(Agricultural Systems)

Position available for a research fellow/senior research fellow in agricultural systems to support the growing Agricultural System Modelling Research Group at University of SouthernQueensland.  More details and information on how to apply can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/hr/jobs.

12/22/2017

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Project Scientist - Agronomy

Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

 

The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Project Scientist to provide significant and creative research contribution to programs related to nutrient management and environmental stewardship with a focus on nitrogen (N). The candidate will possess the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. Candidate will participate in activities to increase, improve or upgrade competency related to N management in California cropping systems. The Project Scientist may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research, he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
I. RESEARCH (85%)
A. Design, organize, and lead an innovative research program focusing on nutrient management, environmental stewardship and conservation, use of organic matter amendments and other solutions to stabilize N in cropping systems. This will include field trials and laboratory experiments, collecting and analyzing data across a wide range of cropping systems and environmental conditions with an emphasis on increasing N use efficiency and reducing agricultural N impacts on air and water quality.
B. Develop and execute survey tools related to farmer behavior and adoption of nutrient management practices. This will include working with a multi-disciplinary team of agronomists, soil scientists and social scientists as well as multiple stakeholders groups across California to identify the barriers and challenges associated with adoption of N management practices in multiple cropping systems and regions
C. Train, consult with, and advise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with respect to design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific studies conducted in area of expertise 
D. Make substantive scientific, scholarly, and intellectual contributions by writing reports to funding agencies, giving talks and seminars at industry and scientific meetings, and publishing results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
E. Lead acquisition of funding through proposal writing and coordination with funding agencies including federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY 10%
A. Participate in professional societies and conferences both in California and nationally appropriate to his/her specific field
B. Serve as a reviewer for research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate

III. UNIVER AND PUBLIC SERVICE 5%
A. Engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public including field days, trainings and workshops and providing relevant advice to individuals such as growers, other stakeholders or public agencies.
B. Engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service.

Qualifications:
Ph.D. degree in Plant Science, Soil Science, Agronomy, Biology, or closely related field with experience working with farmers and industry. The candidate must have experience in soil science, plant nutrition, statistical models, as well as excellent communication skills both verbally and written. This position will require travel is occasional overnight stays for field work and meetings. Candidates must have a valid California driver’s license. Minimum of 8 years graduate and/or postdoctoral research experience is required. Candidates will be expected to have a through publication record including peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

Term of Appointment: Full-time at 100% from 1/1/2018 through 12/31/2019.

To Apply: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/. Initial review date is 11/26/17. For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please email kgeer@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

12/29/2017

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN BIOLOGICAL NITROGEN FIXATION

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Eduardo Blumwald in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California at Davis. The successful candidate will be part of a team studying mechanisms associated with the interaction between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and rice landraces. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biochemistry or related fields. Candidates with experience in plant-microbe interactions would be preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with other scientists are required.

Candidates should provide a current curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing research accomplishments by email on a single PDF file with the subject heading “postdoc.Surname” to Eduardo Blumwald (eblumwald@ucdavis.edu).

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

12/29/2017

Postdoc

The Institute for Plant Cell Biology and Biotechnology (Prof. Dr. Markus Pauly) at the Heinrich-Heine University of Duesseldorf, is looking for a Postdoc funded for an initial time period of 3 years. Payment will be according to the German TV-L13 (full-time).

The position is available from January 2018.

Plant biomass contains important industrially relevant hemicelluloses. Plant tissues differ in their hemicellulose structure and utilizaing our newly installed MALDI imaging instrument (Bruker Rapiflex) we are looking for a person, who will want to image hemicellulose distribution, also in numerous plant mutants.
You will join a well-funded international research team in an outstanding scientific environment.

Your profile:
Applicants should hold an excellent Master degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or comparable topics. Candidates should have experience in mass spectrometry – experimental experience in MALDI-TOF is of advantage. The successful candidate should have a very high level of motivation to perform creative basic research. Candidates should be tteam players, have good communication skills and excellent knowledge of the English language. Additional experience in molecular biology, protein biochemistry and/or carbohydrate analytics is preferred.
The position will require attention to detail, strong skills in instrumental knowledge, experimental design and troubleshooting, and an ability to pursue research projects independently.

Applications including a motivation letter and a CV containing a publication list and experimental experience should be submitted as a single pdf-file to m.pauly@hhu.de.

12/29/2017

POSTDOCTORAL Fellow in Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding at UC DAVIS

A postdoctoral position is available in the University of California, Davis Plant Breeding Center. The position will be located in Salinas, California to facilitate development and implementation of molecular assays for in-field detection of the spinach downy mildew pathogen in leaves, and also co-development of downy mildew resistant breeding lines.  The successful candidate will have a strong background in plant pathology.    The postdoc will be expected to work closely with team leaders and collaborators and to write and publish manuscripts on the topic.

Expected Skills and Experience:

The successful candidate must be a highly motivated individual with a recent Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology or Plant Sciences with emphases in plant pathology. Experience in development of assays  for molecular detection and characterization of pathogens by quantitative PCR, LAMP, or antibody-based approaches are highly desirable.

The candidate must be an effective written and oral communicator and possess creative problem solving skills with the ability to work both independently and in strong interaction with UC Davis and USDA/ARS research teams.

Begin January 2018.

To Apply: Email cover letter and CV to Allen Van Deynze, avandeynze@ucdavis.edu. Copy, Steve Klosterman (Steve.Klosterman@ARS.USDA.GOV)

12/31/2017

Start a Farm. Run a Homestead. Build Community 

Get the skills and hands-on experience you need to make it happen.
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center’s 5 month, residential 
Farmer Training Program immerses participants in all aspects of farming: production, creativity and business planning.

  • Gain the farm production skills necessary for farming success: building healthy soil, greenhouse growing, irrigation, composting, animal husbandry, field planning, cultivation, harvest, CSA operations, farm infrastructure, farm equipment use, and using your working body safely.
  • Weekly Whole Farm Planning sessions lead you through the process of building a comprehensive business plan for a future farm, from choosing land and areas of production to marketing and creating a budget. 
  • Build creativity and homesteading skills through exposure to green wood carving, birch bark, food preservation, blacksmithing, wool processing, construction, printmaking, and more.
  • Have your own special interests? Calypso’s staff will work with you to gear the program to your specific learning goals.  Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in Calypso’s farm-based education programs, explore value-added product production, and work with Calypso’s food justice initiatives. 

Beginning Farmer's Bonus: participants who completes the entire program (including their Whole Farm Plan) are eligible for a refund of up to 50% of the program cost (materials fee excluded) at the end of the season.  

College credit for this program is available through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. 

For full program information and application guidelines please visit: http://www.calypsofarm.org/education/farmer-training-program/