Research Specialist in Plant Sciences
University of California Davis Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
United States

Jr. Specialist - Weed Science (Biggs, CA)

Job #JPF03467
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - PLANT SCIENCES

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 17th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 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.


The Weed Science Al-Khatib lab ( at the University of California Davis is seeking a Junior Specialist to join the team starting in May 1, 2020. The successful candidate will help on projects related to weed management in rice. The Junior Specialist will work closely with postdoc and graduate students, extension farm advisor, and growers to support research projects. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) planting rice and collecting of field data, 2) layout field research plots, 3) conduct greenhouse testing of herbicide resistant weeds, 4) outreach activities to growers and the scientific communities 5) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders and 6) lab management.

I. Research in specialized areas (85%)

75% work closely with postdoc and graduate students to help layout and planting rice research plots, sample and monitor experiments, management of water in the field, prepare and apply herbicides in the field and greenhouse, collect and analyses data. Will be actively involved in reporting and publishable research activities including participation in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, as well as appropriate co-authorship or acknowledgement in publications.

10% Lab management

Safety training of new students and volunteer, lab and equipment maintenance, general lab organization.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (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

III. University and Public Service (10%)

Communicate with our stakeholders; plan and carry out outreach events to growers, extension farm advisors, the university community and the general public.


B.S. in plant Sciences or other related fields with interest in weed science; valid driver’s license. Proficiency with Microsoft office is required; the successful candidate must be able to conduct active field work and research, have excellent organization skills and be a good team member and communicator. This is a full time, one-year renewable position based at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, California. The successful candidate needs to obtain pesticide application license.


The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Term of Appointment:

Full time for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Salary: $42,300 /yr.

Job location

Biggs, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
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