Precision Viticulture Postdoctoral Research Scholar Opening

Jan 14, 2016 admin
Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis
Application period Jan 14, 2016 09:55 AM to
Jan 14, 2017 10:10 AM
Where Department of Viticulture and Enology
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Job Function: Scientific Research

Job Description:

A 100% time, Postdoctoral Research Scholar position in Precision Viticulture is available at the University of California Davis Oakville Experimental Vineyard in Napa, CA.  The primary responsibility of this position will be to conduct studies that will be useful for generating information on temporal and spatial vineyard crop load management for improved berry composition.  An interdisciplinary team of juice, wine, and table grape industry leaders, university and industry engineers, and university viticulturists has been formed to develop and evaluate new sensor technology for improved vineyard management and production efficiency.  Objectives include integrating viticulture, engineering, and educational solutions which measure and respond to canopy and crop variability, collect and manage vineyard information, reduce labor costs through automation of repetitive tasks, and foster adoption of new technologies and management practices through socio-economic analysis and industry education.

The responsibility of the candidate is (1) to conduct vineyard research to quantify vineyard crop load with respect to canopy size, canopy performance, and crop size; (2) to work with project leaders on implementing the use of sensor and GPS technology in vineyards; and (3) to evaluate the effect of crop load management on berry composition parameters. The candidate will cooperate with other members of the research team in supporting overall program objectives.  The candidate will engage in producing peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.


  • Ph.D. degree in Viticulture, Horticulture, or a related field. 
  • Skill and an understanding of production viticulture, grapevine biology, and field research.
  • Proven work ethic, publication record, leadership, and team building skills.
  • A valid California driver’s license. 


Location: Oakville Experimental Vineyard, Napa, CA

Salary range: Commensurate with Postdoctoral Experience

Dates of Employment: Available immediately with an initial appointment length of one year, with possibility of reappointment based dependent on mutual agreement and availability of funding.

Candidates interested in these positions should send a letter of interest, a CV and a list of three references to Kaan Kurtural ([email protected]).   Please include the words “Precision Viticulture Postdoc Position” in the email subject heading.

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.



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Application period

Jan 14, 2016 09:55 AM to
Jan 14, 2017 10:10 AM


Department of Viticulture and Enology

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