MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 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.
1) RESEARCH (95 %) Research activity (65 %) Project Scientist will be responsible for leading research on use of thermographic imagery to infer tree water status. The objectives are to enhance our ability to schedule irrigation in tree crops using low-cost thermographic imaging. He/she will be responsible for field and laboratory data collection, analysis, and software development. Publication (25 %) Project Scientist will take the responsibility to collect data, annotate results and write publications for peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and/or other members of the research team. Grant Acquisition/Renewal/Reporting (5 %) The funding agency for this project requires submission of annual reports and presentation of results at annual meetings, which will be led by the project scientist. The project scientist will also lead preparation of grant renewal applications for continued funding. 2) PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (3 %) Project Scientist will participate in professional societies and will attend conferences appropriate to his/her specific field. He/she will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications within his/her field. He/she will coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or invited lectures. He/she will also present his/her research results and give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. 3) UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (2 %) Project Scientist will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. He/she will present his/her results in wheat grower and wheat end users meetings. He/she will also engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
PhD in plant biology/physiology, horticulture/agronomy, environmental science, or related field.
Experience (and preferably a publication record) in the field of thermal sensing of crops.
Theoretical/quantitative background in plant-environmental interactions and microclimate.
Computer programming experience, including R, MATLAB/Octave, and iOS development.
Ability to effectively communicate research results through oral and written outlets.
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