Junior Specialist

Apr 12, 2016 samanning
Department of Viticulture & Enology at University of California, Davis
Application period Apr 12, 2016 08:00 AM to
Apr 29, 2016 12:00 AM
Where Department of Viticulture & Enology
Contact Name Andrew McElrone

University of California Davis, department of Viticulture & Enology is seeking to fill a 100% time, Step 1 Junior Specialist. We’re seeking a plant scientist, horticulturalist, ecologist, environmental engineer, or other related background to join our research team studying drought stress physiology of grapevine rootstocks. Our team is working to more fully understand what limits the ability of a root system to deliver water to a canopy under drought stress. The McElrone lab is focused on developing sustainable water use strategies for woody crops in California. We ultimately aim to develop drought resistant rootstocks and irrigation management strategies tailored to the specific physiology of a given genotype. The successful candidate will participate in laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments designed to evaluate what contributes to hydraulic failure in grapevine root systems under drought and whether this response differs across genotypes. The successful candidate will be trained to use the following techniques to address our research questions: synchrotron-based micro computed tomography (i.e. a type of high resolution CAT scan); Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Neutron Radiography, fine root hydraulic measurements, and aquaporin gene expression. The Jr. Specialist will be instructed on how to use these techniques and a wide range of instrumentation, and candidates are not expected to have previous experience in the above techniques. A successful candidate will need to be able to learn quickly and work independently after initial training. The successful candidate must have an interest in participating as a team member in a multidisciplinary project and a willingness to travel to research sites (e.g. The Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) with other team members to perform overnight and several day experiments. The Jr. Specialist may engage in professional activities directly related to their professional expertise, and may engage in University and/or public service related to their professional expertise if allowed by their funding source.


Working long hours in extreme weather conditions.

Travel away from home for periods of time, ex: Berkeley and Reno NV.

Handling and moving heavy items and equipment. 

Be able to lift 50 pounds to chest height.

Ergonomic hazards including heavy lifting, repetitive motions, awkward motions, crushing or pinching injuries etc.

Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate motor vehicles.

Must attend safety training courses including the safe use of x-ray and neutron beams, and MRI machine

Must be readily available, be able to travel for LBNL beamtime in Berkeley and other sites, and available on weekends on occasion for beamtime and plant/experiment maintenance.


Bachelor’s degree in plant science, horticulture, agronomy, ecology, environmental engineering, or other related background



  • Experience in conducting plant gas exchange measurements.
  • Experience in conducting hydraulic conductivity measurements.
  • Experience in using visualization software.
  • Keep and maintain inventory of supplies.
  • Communicate orally and in writing.
  • Standard/safe laboratory and field practices.
  • Standard protocols regarding safely working in an agricultural environment.
  • Experience growing and maintaining plants in greenhouse facilities.


  • Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Enter and record data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with diverse teams
  • Work well under time sensitive conditions and maintain focus during the occasional long work day.
  • Be able to troubleshoot and make new decisions during changing conditions.

The position is available immediately. It is a one year appointment with a possibility of renewal for one additional year, with a salary of $36,984 per year. For full consideration, please apply by 4/29/16 at:https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00953

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is availablehttp://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.


Student News

A new generation of marine scientists

Jul 27, 2017 National Science Foundation award will help UC Davis train graduate students for coastal work

Student News - More Student News…
Research News

UC Davis Receives Unique, $1.5 Million Gift from Aggie Couple

Jul 07, 2016 Michael and Joelle Hurlston have pledged $1.5 million to endow a first-of-its-kind chair position.

Research News - More Research News…
Outreach News

Summer Internships

Jul 28, 2015 CA&ES students and Salinas Valley employers find common ground.

Outreach News - More Outreach News…

Position details

Application period

Apr 12, 2016 08:00 AM to
Apr 29, 2016 12:00 AM


Department of Viticulture & Enology

Contact info

Andrew McElrone

Apply online