Jr. Specialist, for the Dahlke Lab , Dept of LAWR, UC Davis
POSITION DESCRIPTION We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in laboratory and field work within the Dahlke Lab (dahlke.ucdavis.edu).
Under the direction and advisement of the Dr. Helen Dahlke (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Yonatan Ganot (member) the candidate will:
be responsible for conducting laboratory and fieldwork as part of a research team in a project that is measuring a suite of soil and hydrologic parameters in the fields and assessing field collected samples and data in laboratory analysis.
assist in literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, and technical writing, editing and formatting of graphs and tables that summarize data generated in lab analyses and field studies from different sites within California.
assist in carrying out experiments designed by the PI,
assist in and independently perform soil sample analysis including soil texture, soil pH, EC and soil nitrate and carbon analysis.
assist in and independently deploy and maintain soil temperature, EC, redox potential and moisture sensors in the field.
contribute to the development of new technology for experimental use in the field and in the laboratory related to soil and hydrologic research, and
participate in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., reports and peer- reviewed journal articles).
assist towards the development of conceptual or physical models that simulate and help explain observed flow and transport processes in field and laboratory experiments.
Overall, these responsibilities support lab and field experiments associated with the investigation of the feasibility of agricultural groundwater banking for the improved mechanistic understanding of flow and transport processes in agricultural landscapes in California and across the globe.
Major Responsibilities include:
I. Research in specialized areas (90%) 60% Lab Analysis:
Maintaining and organizing the laboratory while adhering to laboratory safety standards and prepare laboratory for annual laboratory safety inspection,
Ordering of lab and field supplies,
Reading primary literature,
Contributing to grant reporting, including data analysis and writing. 30% Field work
Assisting PI, postdocs and graduate in field campaigns (e.g., Tulare, Stanislaus, Fresno, Siskiyou, Modoc Counties) that require travel,
Assist with the collection of water samples and soil cores using the Geoprobe push-drill,
Deploying environmental sensor technologies, including deploying sensors for measuring soil moisture, EC, temperature, redox potential, dissolved oxygen and air, installing and programming associated data loggers, and managing and maintaining data and sensors,
Supporting in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., graphs, tables, reports and peer- reviewed journal articles)
II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
The Junior Specialist will be required to attend and engage in regular lab meetings and expected to attend local scientific meetings and conferences with a focus on topics relevant to the projects. Participate in presenting research findings at professional meetings and other stakeholder meetings.
III. University and Public Service (5%)
The candidate will provide mentorship to undergraduate students working in the laboratory where appropriate.
A positive, self-motivated, attitude
Excellent problem-solving and skills to overcome technical challenges
Demonstrated experience with technical field methodologies or instruments for data collection
Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
References: contact information for 2-4 recent references. All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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