Project Scientist in Rootstock Breeding and Propagation
University of California Davis Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
United States

Project Scientist - Rootstock Breeding and Propagation

Job #JPF03780
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - PLANT SCIENCES

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 17th, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


A part-time position for a Project Scientist is available in a group focused on rootstock breeding and propagation. The successful candidate will design experiments to assess disease and pest resistance of rootstocks and to improve rootstock propagation efficiency. Experience with walnut rootstock propagation and Armillaria screening is required. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles 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 program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), 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.


A. Research activity (50%)

  1. Design, organize, and lead the development of Armillaria resistance screening in walnut rootstocks.
  2. Trouble-shoot plant propagation problems in walnut, pistachio, pecan, and pear. B. Publication (10%): Publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals. C. Grant acquisition (10%): Lead and collaborate on acquisition of funding through proposal writing and seminar presentation, from agencies including CDFA-IAB and USDA-SCRI.


A. Participate in professional societies and conferences in California, nationally and internationally, including the Walnut Research Conference and ISHS.
B. Serve as a reviewer for research proposals and scientific publications.


A. Train and mentor graduate students, undergraduates, and visiting researchers in plant propagation, horticulture, and Armillaria screening.
B. Provide recommendations to growers, nurseries, and other stakeholders.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 4-5 letters of reference required

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