UC Davis Plant Sciences - Grow Your Future
New Faculty Positions

The Department of Plant Sciences is currently recruiting for the following positions:

TitleDescriptionPosition Description 
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist In Restoration Ecology Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE). An 11-month, career-track extension position with 100% CE responsibilities located in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UC Davis campus. This specialist will provide statewide research and extension leadership in restoration and conservation in working landscapes, ranging from natural to managed ecosystems (e.g., grasslands, woodlands, as well as associated freshwater wetlands). The position should address conservation and restoration of Californian plant communities that enhance production, wildlife habitat, fertile soil, erosion control, pollination, air and water quality, or pest management. This CE specialist will bring statewide leadership, visibility, and cohesion to the research and extension efforts of an interdisciplinary team of CE academics and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty as well as private and public stakeholders. This position will support relevant UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources strategic initiatives and program teams (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/). This CE specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized research and extension program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate refereed journals and extension publications. The appointee will have the opportunity to support departmental teaching and direct graduate research. Requirements include: a Ph.D in restoration ecology, ecosystem management, rangeland ecology, plant ecology, plant biology, plant science, weed science, soil ecology, or a closely related field with an emphasis in restoration ecology. Applicants must have leadership ability, management experience, communication skills and the ability to conduct independent research and outreach in restoration ecology. Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://recruitments.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/ Please include statements of research and extension interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For administrative questions regarding the application process, please email Ms. Dee Madderra (damadderra@ucdavis.edu). Review of the applications for this position will begin May 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. ViewApply
Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences – Computational and Statistical Plant BiologyThe Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California Davis invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Computational and Statistical Plant Biology. We seek candidates with a strong background in statistics and/or computational biology working in areas such as bioinformatics, quantitative genetics and genomic selection, systems biology, or ecological, evolutionary, functional, or comparative genomics. In particular we are interested in candidates whose research seeks to develop and apply quantitative methods to interrogate large data sets to improve our understanding of the connection between genotype, phenotype, and the environment. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a related discipline, preferably with postdoctoral experience. She or he will be expected to teach upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of bioinformatics, statistical analysis, and experimental design; to establish an extramurally funded research program; to mentor and train students and postdoctoral scholars; and to interact with a diverse faculty including plant geneticists, breeders, physiologists, and ecologists. This position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes the responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2013. ViewApply
Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension Rangeland Management The Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to focus on the area of rangeland, grazing, and pasture management. This academic position will have a 100% CE appointment at the assistant rank and will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Science (CA&ES), at UC Davis. This position entails applied research directly linked to a statewide extension and outreach program, professional competence and service. Qualifications: Ph.D. in rangeland management, ecology, or science, applied plant or soil sciences or ecology, weed science, or a closely related field with a demonstrated emphasis on rangeland management. Ability to conduct independent research and outreach in rangeland management must be demonstrated. Of particular interest is a candidate with demonstrated capacity and interest in interdisciplinary rangeland research spanning plant, animal, soil, economic, and environmental sciences. The candidate must be able to meet the experience and academic requirements to become a Certified Range Manager (CA State Board of Forestry) within the first 4 to 6 years following appointment. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership ability and communication skills. TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://recruitments.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/ Please include statements of research and extension interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For administrative questions regarding the application process, please email Ms. Baljit Nijjar (bknijjar@ucdavis.edu). Review of the applications for this position will begin March 6, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. ViewApply
Assistant Specialist in Grain Cropping Systems in UC Cooperative ExtensionThe Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, seeks to fill a 12-month, career-track position at the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension level. RESPONSIBILITIES: This academic position has 100% Cooperative Extension (CE) responsibilities and will be located in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. The candidate will provide statewide research and extension leadership in addressing the complex challenges affecting the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of California’s diverse grain production systems. Among the potential areas of activity are genetic improvement, disease and pest management, soil fertility, nutrient cycling, biofuels production, water use efficiency and environmental water quality protection. This CE Specialist will bring visibility and cohesion to the dynamic, interdisciplinary team of University researchers and educators working with this industry. This position will support relevant UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) strategic initiatives and program teams (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/) and the UC Small Grains Workgroup comprised of Agricultural Experimental Station researchers, CE academics. Research will be conducted in laboratories at UC Davis, at UC field facilities and on commercial farms throughout the state. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally-recognized program, secure extramural funding, publish research results in appropriate refereed journals, and disseminate information to industry clientele through public presentations, University publications, electronic and print media, and creative use of on-line technology. Fulfillment of these responsibilities will require extensive travel. The candidate will have the opportunity to be a member of Graduate Groups and to mentor graduate students. Affirmative action to include ethnic minorities, women, and other underrepresented clientele is expected as a component of all of the appointee’s programs. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in the plant sciences or a related field, with experience in the production of Graminaceous crops is required. Applicants must have leadership ability, and management and communication skills. Ability to conduct independent research must be demonstrated. SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://recruitments.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/ Please include statements of research and extension interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of three of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For administrative questions regarding the application process, please email Ms. Melanie Greenleaf (mjgreenleaf@ucdavis.edu ). Review of the applications for this position will begin September 19, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. Timothy Hartz, Search Committee Chair Department of Plant Sciences One Shields Ave. University of California, Davis Davis, CA 95616 Telephone 530-752-1738 E-mail: tkhartz@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. ViewApply
Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Sciences – Postharvest PhysiologistPOSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Sciences – Postharvest Physiologist Department of Plant Sciences University of California, Davis LOCATION: University of California, Davis, CA RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California Davis invites applications for a faculty appointment at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in Postharvest Biology. The successful candidate will establish a vigorous and dynamic research program as well as an innovative teaching program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The research will focus on postharvest biology of horticultural crops. It is expected that the research program will draw upon practical knowledge of postharvest processes and technology as well as upon related disciplines in genomics, plant pathogen interactions, biochemistry or plant developmental biology especially in areas such as senescence or fruit ripening. An intended outcome of these discoveries will be identification of processes or traits that can be manipulated to improve postharvest handling strategies and ultimately postharvest quality of fruits, vegetables or ornamentals. The position is a 9-month tenure track appointment. This position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes the responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in plant biology, horticulture, biochemistry, genetics or related discipline with experience and documented interest in postharvest plant biology. International experience is desirable. SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://recruitments.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu Please include statements of research goals for this position and teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process please email kgeer@ucdavis.edu. Review of the applications will begin April 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. “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. ViewApply
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor-Small Fruit and Berries Geneticist/BreederThe Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, seeks to fill a 9-month tenure track position as an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Small Fruits and Berries Geneticist/Breeder in the Agricultural Experiment Station. RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will be located in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. The successful candidate's research will focus on genetics, genomics, germplasm improvement and breeding of small fruits and berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.). This can include the use of genomic methods and strategies to link advances in genotyping, phenotyping and population and quantitative genetics theory to crop improvement. Expertise in ploidy manipulation and inter specific hybridization is desirable. The faculty member would be expected to lead a breeding program in small fruits and berries, which have an annual farm-gate value exceeding $2 billion in California. Research goals could include genome sequencing, genetic association and mapping studies, identification of important genes/traits, population genetics and marker-assisted selection strategies for maintaining genetic variation and its efficient utilization, and genetic/physiological mechanisms underlying these traits. The incumbent will lead an active varietal breeding program that includes a strong field component. The position will require participation in multi-disciplinary teams, consistent with the Plant Sciences department’s emphasis on discovery and application of fundamental science ranging from the molecular level to field applications. Interactions and collaborations with colleagues at UC Davis, Cooperative Extension, Plant Breeding Center, other academic or research institutions, and agricultural industry stakeholders are expected. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching of plant genetics and breeding courses in the undergraduate plant sciences curriculum. The candidate will also teach at the graduate level within her/his area of research expertise. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students is expected. The successful candidate will participate in departmental, college, and campus committees and programs and work with state, regional and national organizations as appropriate to address the mission of the department, college and Agricultural Experiment Station. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field and a strong and well-documented background in breeding, genetics, and genomics. SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. TO APPLY: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://recruitments.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/. Please include statements of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of three most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please email Ms. Cindy Salazar at cmsalazar@ucdavis.edu. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by August 1, 2014; the position will remain open until filled. ViewApply



Help: For all questions, please contact Dee Madderra, 530-752-2683, ps-hrstaff@ucdavis.edu