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Junior Specialist in Agricultural and Economics and Remote Sensing

Recruitment Period

Open September 21st, 2018 through Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Water Systems Management Laboratory at UC Merced directed by Dr. Josué Medellín-Azuara, is looking for a self-motivated and qualified junior specialist in applied agriculture and environmental engineering, to be engaged in projects related to economics on crop water use, remote sensing, and carbon estimations in perennial crops.

The candidate is expected to use his/her professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions to our lab. The main goals include performing economic analysis for water use and productivity in cotton, designing and executing experiments using drones and sensors for aerial imagery collection, and modeling carbon biomass and field spatial distribution in winegrape systems.
ArcGIS, image processing skills and previous experience on drone operations are necessary for the project. The candidate is expected to perform field work in agricultural and natural lands for data collection, carry out research independently, implement and develop research ideas, train and supervise the students in the group, and prepare reports and/or articles on the research progress.

Qualifications: Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research with leadership skills and strong written and verbal communication skills are encouraged to apply. Experience working in California’s agricultural systems and wildlands showing proven knowledge of data collection, experimental design, and communication skills with growers are required. Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering or a related field. A MSc or PhD in Environmental engineering, Agricultural Engineering, or related area is preferred.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, and 3) a list of two references with contact information including phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2018. Position will be opened until filled. This is a full-time 3-month appointment, with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Please contact Dr. Medellín-Azuara at for additional information.

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

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