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Deadline Description
02/28/2018

Student Intern, Plant Pathology, Browne Lab    

OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH:
The research in this lab focuses on the biology and management of soil-borne diseases on deciduous tree crops. We conduct lab, greenhouse, and field research on causes and integrated control measures for Prunus replant disease, Phytophthora root and crown rots, and other soilborne diseases of almond, stone fruit, and walnut.   

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The job will involve assisting in lab, greenhouse, and field research.  Teamwork will be essential.  Safety training and strict observance of safety practices required.

Specific duties:
Greenhouse and field:  watering of greenhouse plants (often on weekends), plant propagation and care, set-up and take-down of experiments, “root washing”, recording and computer entry of data. 
Laboratory: plant pathogen isolations, media and inoculum preparation, recording and computer entry of data, assistance in molecular protocols, and general laboratory chores.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be able to work in greenhouse, field, and lab conditions, and comply with health and safety regulations.  Science and agricultural background and computer skills desirable; however, the employer will provide additional specific training.  An interest in fruit and nut crops, plant diseases, and agriculture is helpful.

CONTACT:
Email: Jaime Ott njblackburn@ucdavis.edu

02/28/2018

Strategic Partnership Manager (South San Francisco, CA)

South San Francisco, CA

Market Development and Policy

Full-time

The Strategic Partnerships Manager will develop and manage Plenty’s research and development relationships with key industry, public sector, university and non-profit organizations. Plenty is on a mission to reshape agriculture across the globe, and partnerships with the leading research institutions, think-tanks, and non-profits are critical to achieving this mission.     

What you’ll do:

    • Create our partnership strategy drawing upon input from internal teams including sales, marketing, engineering, plant science and talent.
    • Develop, negotiate, and execute partnership agreements including negotiations around intellectual property rights.
    • Create and manage university partnerships to develop techniques for measuring mineral and vitamin content in fresh produce.
    • Create and manage crop development partnerships with research institutions.
    • Create and manage broad research partnerships with universities including sponsoring graduate student research to develop our talent pipeline.
    • Create and manage partnerships with the leading agriculture companies to identify and capture new revenue streams.

Who we’re looking for:

    • Science + Business: You have a unique combination of experience in scientific research and business development. You have the technical chops to understand the science and the business mind to form powerful partnerships.
    • Doer: You are a doer. You are diligent to understand what needs to be done, and then execute with speed, resourcefulness, and a go-getter attitude. You like to roll your sleeves up and make things happen in the face of ambiguity.  You aren’t afraid to fail, but don’t make the same mistake twice.  You feel the need for speed. 
    • People skills: You have a unique ability to forge strong relationships. You can identify the influencers in a market and build them into champions who will help us achieve our goals.
    • Project management: You have the ability to coordinate complex projects across multiple stakeholders. You understand that clear and effective communication is the key to success.
    • Problem solving ability: You have excellent analytical skills and can navigate obstacles in a thoughtful, effective and efficient manner.
    • Passion for Plenty: You are deeply passionate about Plenty and our mission.

Experience:

    • 4+ years of experience in research and development coupled with business development and partnerships.
    • Prior experience working in agriculture and food, specifically crop development preferred.
    • MBA, MPP, or MPA a plus.
    • Advanced degree in agronomy or plant science a plus.

    More information and to apply: https://jobs.lever.co/plenty.ag/0839bf39-2b9e-4a39-8154-b4293de63b05

 

03/01/2018

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Title: Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Description: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition with an emphasis on strengthening our understanding of soil-plant relationships that influence nutrient content and quality of food crops intended for human and livestock consumption. This position is part of a multi-departmental hire of three new faculty to address food and nutrition problems that transcend disciplinary boundaries. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).

Responsibilities: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is seeking applicants that focus on soil-plant- microbial relationships that influence nutrient content and quality of food crops intended for both human and livestock consumption. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical and/or emerging issues that focus on mechanisms of plant nutrient uptake from the soil, and the influences of soil properties and soil microbiome on nutrient availability and uptake as they relate to nutritional quality of plant foods. The appointee will be responsible for teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes. These could include Principles of Soil Science (SSC100), Sustainable Nutrient Management (SSC109), Plant Sciences (PLS158, PLS157), a graduate class such as Advanced Topics in Plant Nutrition, and co-teach a new set of 2-3 interdisciplinary courses that explore the linkages between soils, food production, food consumption, and nutrition of human populations.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, or a field closely related to soil nutrient management and plant nutrition. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research. A candidate with a willingness to build relationships with relevant State of California and federal agencies is desired.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01998. Applications received by March 1, 2018 will receive full consideration. The position is open until filled.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications in PDF format, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to the position, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, William R. Horwath (wrhorwath@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.

03/16/2018

Assistant Professor position currently open in the Environmental Horticulture Department on the Gainesville campus at the University of Florida. The position in 75% Teaching and 25% Research in Plant Biochemistry/Physiology.


http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506186/assistant-professor-plant-biochemistry-andor-physiology

03/16/2018

 

 

Arcadia Biosciences

Job Announcement

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II

 

This Research Associate will be responsible for carrying out scientific activities related to Arcadia’s trait development programs. Specifically, this position requires a candidate with an understanding of the manipulation and assay of nucleic acids and genome editing technologies. The ideal candidate will have training in plant molecular biology, biotechnology, and genetics. The working environment is varied: lab, growth chamber, greenhouse, and office. This position will interact with all project team members and growth facility staff in research planning and delivery of project goals with seasonal  and timeline driven deadlines. This is a regular full-time position. Salary based upon experience.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

 

  • Performs research and development in collaboration with others.
  • Performs PCR based methods for genotyping.
  • Performs agarose gel electrophoresis.
  • Proficient in molecular cloning, southerns, and DNA extraction.
  • Prepares buffers and solutions accurately.
  • Coordinates with growth operations staff on resource utilization and scheduling.
  • Researches and presents new technologies and equipment to streamline lab work.
  • Coordinates tissue sample collection from the growth chamber, greenhouse or field.
  • Assists research colleagues with specific seed assays and quality experiments.
  • Performs germination tests for viability and segregation assays for generation advancement.
  • May participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals
  • Write periodic reports to company colleagues as well as monthly status reports.
  • Uses professional concepts in accordance with company objectives to solve problems of defined scope in a creative and effective way.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITITIES

 

  • Understanding and familiarity of basic molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing, restriction digests, cloning, and PCR based genotyping methods.
  • Understanding and familiarity of genome editing technologies such as CRISPR.
  • Preferred candidates will also have experience with database applications such as Filemaker and Access and with spreadsheet applications such as Excel.
  • Must be able to tolerate different working conditions since environments will vary; greenhouse, growth chamber, lab and field.
  • Research experience with agricultural crops and plant molecular biology including PCR based molecular marker systems is desired.
  • Basic understanding of plant genetics and plant breeding techniques is highly desirable.
  • Flexibility to work longer hours (including weekends) to meet seasonal deadlines.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to perform tasks that require fine motor skills.

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific discipline such as Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or related field with 2-5 years’ direct work experience.

EMAIL RESUMES TO:

 

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. Attn: Human Resources jobs@arcadiabio.com

03/30/2018

UC Rangelands Science Interns

Location: Davis, CA

Salary: $14/hour

Dates of Employment: June 18, 2018 - Sept 14, 2018 (flexible)

Last Date to Apply: March 30, 2018

 

Position Description:

Hiring two full-time Research Interns to support research and Cooperative Extension projects in the UC Rangelands lab during summer 2018. Projects will focus on evaluating rangeland water quality, investigating mountain meadow responses to grazing management strategies, and outreach activities related to field studies. Interns will help complete field and lab work and will gain experience collaborating with various rangeland resource stakeholders, including livestock producers, UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, and US Forest Service staff. Interns will be based in Davis, CA, but frequent overnight travel to field sites across northern California will be required.

Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, but the schedule may vary week to week.

Typical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Field work, including driving and hiking and collecting samples and data in remote areas
  2. Laboratory work, including processing water samples to determine bacteria concentrations, preparing growth media, cleaning and maintaining field and lab equipment
  3. Enter collected and processed data in databases and perform quality control checks of all data collected
  4. Communicate regularly and professionally with project partners

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. UC Davis student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources, biological sciences, hydrology or a related field of study
  2. Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  3. Physical capability and endurance to safely and efficiently conduct field work
  4. Ability and willingness to travel and camp for up to a week at a time and hike moderately rugged terrain

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to accurately collect, record, and report data
  2. Strong organizational skills and proficiency using common computer software programs (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing, databases, email)
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  4. Proficiency navigating with maps and handheld GPS

 

To Apply: submit a cover letter, CV/resume, contact information for three references, and dates available to work to Kelsey DeRose at klderose@ucdavis.edu.

03/31/2018

Role: Research Analyst / Measuring carbon and climate change at Morris Grassfed cattle ranch

About Morris Grassfed

Joe and Julie Morris have been practicing holistic cattle farming in California for more than 25+ years; while Joe’s family has been in California cattle for more than 170+ reaching back to the gold rush.

At Morris Grassfed (MGF) we are working to produce the best beef product from a biologically rich ecosystem of living soils and clean water. Our cattle benefit from low-­- stress Vaquero skills, a completely certified organic diet of fresh grass, legumes and water, and world-­-class views of the Central California rangelands. We do not use any synthetic hormones or feed antibiotics. We are members of the American Grassfed Association, California Alliance of Family Farmers, Farm Bureau and the California Cattlemens’ Association.

It is our firm belief that if we take care of the soil, it takes care of the plants, which cares for our cattle. By investing in better land practices we can ensure a better future for the next generation.

Our Goal, Our Future

Grassfed beef continues to gain traction in the greater beef market and we are excited to be called one of the original pioneers here in California. And as such we want to continue to push the boundaries of holistic farming and challenge the status quo. This project will evolve our holistic land management practice to include specific goals/metrics around climate change, specifically our impact on carbon and MGF total carbon foot print. Our goal is to be the first carbon negative cattle farm in California (if not America).

Project/Role Objective

Identify the key data sources, metrics, and methodologies that drive MGF’s climate/greenhouse gas measuring and monitoring program – focusing on carbon.

In partnership with Arable (mobile monitoring devices ‘Mark’) MGF will deploy sensors across our ranches to measure environmental impacts in real time to measure and continuously monitor our farms operational effect on the land and orient our standards and practices to develop a negative carbon effect on the land

Contact

Andrew Wong; andrew@morrisgrassfed.com; 310 804 5399


Project role: Contract / part time employment. Ok if run in parallel with academic studies
Duration: 3-­- 6 months

Deliverables (an overview, but not limited to):

  1. Design high level carbon accounting formula specifically for MGF (e.g. soil moisture, temperature, dielectric, weather parameters; operation/programming of data loggers, processing of collected data).
  2. Create models to measure environmental/climate change against internal operational standards, external validation, and alignment with state and federal goals
    1. Outline key scientific testing parameters and variables
    2. Manage for climate, terrain, management, transport, and feeding variables
  3. Develop methods to QA data analysis, collection, and hygiene. Set redundancy programs and external confirmation of data models. Eg. Annual soil tests
  4. Implement Arable devices across the farm to collect the data
  5. Connect with other external digital monitoring and measuring software to inform farming practices on operational impacts and changes to meet carbon negative goals
  6. Brief development resources to create tracking ‘widget’ which can be deployed across multiple digital channels (website, QR codes, promotion pages, etc)
  7. Write proposal for future funding/grant for ARB Alternative Manure Management Program.

 

Requirements

  1. Must have a strong academic and personal connection to sustainability, climate change, and farming community
  2. PHD (preferable) or post graduate qualifications in soil, climate change, or related agriculture fields.
  3. Ability to work with programming languages, large data sets, and advanced analytics programs
  4. US citizenship or valid visa status
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  6. Strong qualitative and quantitative skills for advanced modelling and data analysis
  7. A self-­-starter and experience working remotely.  Shows the ability to take direction but does not require it
  8. Experience working in the field/ or on a farm/ranch with the ability to carry equipment up to 40lbs. Able to drive to remote areas on ATV’s, horseback, or other farming equipment.
03/31/2018

Department of Plant Sciences

Junior Specialist - Postharvest

 

The UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences is seeking two motivated Junior Specialist in Postharvest Biology and Technology in the Crisosto Lab Group. One to be stationed in the San Joaquin Valley at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center in Parlier, CA and the second to work in Davis, CA. The Junior Specialists will provide assistance on industry collaborative research projects on fruits and nuts storage, packaging, and transportation protocols as well as provide general assistance to the lab group. Positions will require work with various types of fruits and nuts, as well as travel to various locations in California. Positions will involve conducting laboratory research and general laboratory duties with tree crops and table grapes. Current projects include determining the efficacy of low oxygen treatments in controlling walnut kernel rancidity and browning and alternatives for sulfur dioxide on table grapes. The Junior Specialists will report to the Principal Investigator and work closely with postdoctoral scholars and staff in the lab. Responsibilities include gas mixing experiments, sample inoculation, postharvest fruit quality evaluations, photography, data collection, basic statistical data analysis, graphical presentation of data and computer management of data files. The successful candidates will be actively involved in publishable research activities including participation in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results as well as participating in outreach activities and appropriate acknowledgement in publications. Applicants are expected to have an interest in postharvest technology and disease management.


Research (90%):
• Conduct controlled atmosphere storage experiments for controlling quality losses of fruits and nuts.
• Make detailed postharvest fruit quality evaluations including color, firmness, soluble solids concentration (SSC), acidity and visual defects.
• Summarize data, perform data analysis and prepare reports.
• Inoculate table grape berries for decay control experiments.
• Maintain laboratory equipment and facilities.
The research will enable the candidates to be significantly involved in publishable research, with acknowledgment in publications.

Professional Competence (5%):
• Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
• Participate in scientific discussions with peers to enhance confidence.
• Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills

University and Public Service (5%):
• The candidates will also participate in activities of committees with the Plant Sciences Department, college, campus and other university entities as appropriate.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience with fruit quality evaluations 
• Experience with preparing inoculum and fruit inoculation.
• Familiarity with general microbiological laboratory equipment and instruments.
• Familiarity with typical laboratory supplies and reagents.
• Familiarity with or experience in an academic research environment.
• Familiarity with standard software (Microsoft Word, Excel, R, PowerPoint, graphics programs)

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Plant Sciences, Postharvest, Pathology, or closely related field, demonstrated interest and experience in plant postharvest or pathology, ability to organize and process data (advanced Excel or programming experience). Applicants must show attention to detail, be willing to maintain a flexible schedule and able to regularly lift 40-pound weight. Must have a valid California driver’s license and be able to take field trips that will require overnight stays. Must be able to communicate proficiently in English, both written and oral. Bilingual in Spanish highly desired.

SALARY: $38,112/yr.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: The positions are initially for 6 months with potential of extension based on performance and availability of funds.

HOW TO APPLY: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02039

 

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.

 

05/31/2018

Assistant Professor of Horticulture (Tenure-track)

Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences at Tarleton State University

 

The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences at Tarleton State University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Horticulture (Tenure-track).  We are especially interested in applicants with a specialization in environmental horticulture or restoration ecology, but would happily consider any applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. Details can be found at the link below.

https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TARLETON_External/job/Stephenville-TARLETON/Assistant-Professor-of-Horticulture_R-002135-1