Position Overview: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at Step 1 or $54,600 at Step 2.
The Funk Lab is seeking an individual to assist with multiple field and greenhouse experiments that survey the response of native bunchgrasses to fire, investigate drought responses in grassland plants under varying water conditions, and catalogue leaf and root traits of grassland species. The role involves data collection on plant survival, growth, and physiology in the field, analysis of plant tissue in the laboratory, maintenance of greenhouse plants, data entry, and performing basic statistical analyses. Regular travel and lodging at nearby field stations for research purposes will be required, occasionally extending up to a week. Additionally, the position includes lab oversight duties like organizing supplies, scheduling activities, and providing guidance to undergraduate and graduate students, all while collaborating with faculty, postdocs, and students, and participating in lab meetings and discussions to enhance professional competence in written communication and statistical methods.
Per UCD-APM 330, it is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Master's or Doctoral degree in the relevant discipline or a baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of experience as a Junior Specialist. Candidates who hold a Masters or Doctoral degree will be disqualified from this search.
NATURE AND PURPOSE The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (80% EFFORT) A. Collaborate with other research personnel on field and greenhouse experiments examining how California grassland species respond to fire, drought, and invasion by non-native grasses. The employee will collect survival, growth and physiology data in the field, process plant tissue in the laboratory, maintain greenhouse plants, enter data into spreadsheets, and conduct basic statistical tests. The employee will travel to and lodge at nearby field stations to conduct research, sometimes for up to one week. The employee with work with the PI and graduate students to troubleshoot methods and implement new protocols. Evaluation of performance in research activities will be documented by the following: 1) Formal documentation by project personnel of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities. 2) Active discussion and dissemination of information with project personnel, in lab meetings, and at regional conferences. II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT) A. Participate in training (informal or formal) for written communication and statistical methods. B. Work collaboratively with project personnel, including faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (10% EFFORT) A. Assist with lab maintenance including organizing and ordering lab supplies and setting-up equipment. B. Coordinate and schedule research activities among lab members and collaborators. C. Assist undergraduates and graduate students in experiments, and research/safety protocols.
Drivers license and ability to travel to remote field sites
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