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University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Posted: 04/22/2019
Project Scientist – Alfalfa Irrigation Management
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Project Scientist will work closely with project directors at KARE and the USDA-ARS, Water Management Research Unit to carry out research and extension education and make significant and creative contributions to alfalfa irrigation research in California with a focus in the San Joaquin Valley. This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program in alfalfa water use efficiency and the related interface of agricultural, economic, and ecological aspects of alfalfa and forage production on California’s irrigated farmland. The appointee is not required to develop an independent research program. The appointee is required to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets as appropriate in collaboration with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team.

The appointee will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The appointee will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The appointee will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

This is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status. The Project Scientist will be appointed to a term ending June 30, 2021. Application deadline is May 31, 2019.


Required Qualifications:

Programmatic competence

  • An earned Ph.D. in agricultural engineering, irrigation, agronomy, or closely related field is required at the time of appointment. 
  • Strong statistical and quantitative skills.
  • Experience in experimental design, managing field research and leading field crews in research implementation. 
  • Experience publishing peer-reviewed research in high impact journals is required. 


  • Skills to communicate and extend technical information to diverse audiences are required.  

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other professionals

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with proposal development and familiarity with project planning and assessment tools and strategies.

HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following six components of the Application Packet to

1.   Cover Letter explaining how your experience and training qualifies you to meet the responsibilities of the position

2.   ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at:

      Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.

3.   Curriculum Vitae or Resume

4.   Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access to and benefit from your program

5.     Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.

6.   College Level Transcripts:  Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates.