The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Research Agronomist position (Professional Research Series). The selected candidate will conduct Digital Agriculture research in collaboration with the USDA-ARS Salinity Laboratory. Digital Agriculture (DA) is the multidisciplinary use of electronic data acquisition technologies, high-performance computing, and advanced data analytics to improve farming and food production. The selected candidate will work with existing DA and agricultural systems modeling tools developed at USSL and UCR to address problems associated with water scarcity, marginal quality irrigation waters, water reuse, and crop production on salt-affected lands. Specifically, the selected candidate will work on: (a.) combining proximal soil sensing and remote vegetation sensing with multi-scale, high-resolution geodata analyses to create a large-scale spatiotemporal soil salinity prediction model; (b.) evaluating modeling frameworks for soil property estimations (e.g., pedotransfer functions, digital soil mapping) across scales (e.g., laboratory analyses, field-scale, farm-scale, regional-scale) using hyperdimensional sensor data (e.g., electromagnetic induction, gamma-ray spectrometry); and (c.) developing a transient-state model to generate crop-water production functions and irrigation recommendations for a variety of different irrigation strategies (e.g., variable rate vs uniform). The position is currently funded at 50% of time; external grants obtained by the candidate are required to make the position full-time.
Basic qualifications for this position include: a Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Ecohydrology, or a closely related discipline.
Preferred qualifications for this position include expertise in: geophysical instrumentation and sensors for characterizing soil properties, especially apparent electrical conductivity; remote sensing of soil and vegetation properties; GIS and spatiotemporal data analysis; a history of obtaining external funding and grants.
UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Advancement through the Professional Research Series ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
Applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and contact information for Letters of Recommendation to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01147 . Review of applications will commence on October 17, 2019 and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications by the above date.
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Jirka Simunek, Chair of the Search Committee, at email@example.com , or Todd Skaggs, Acting Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Salinity Laboratory, at firstname.lastname@example.org . For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Ms. Kendall Dunmore, Academic Personnel, at email@example.com .
Internal Number: JPF01147
About University of California, Riverside
A University of Distinction and Diversity widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, the University of California, Riverside current enrollment is more than 20,000 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.UCR is located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations. UCR is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.