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Junior Specialist in Agroecology

Recruitment Period

Open April 25th, 2019 through Saturday, May 25, 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 a little more than 8,000 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. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Agroecology Lab seeks a Junior Specialist to assist on a variety of on-going research projects related to sustainable agriculture. The Junior Specialist will be expected to conduct work in both field and laboratory settings. Duties in field research settings include driving to local field sites, coordinating field schedules with the PI and project collaborators, and collection of field soil, plant, and gas samples. Laboratory duties include analysis of soils and plants for carbon, nutrients, and other biological, chemical, and physical properties. The Junior Specialist will also assist with ordering supplies, participate in weekly laboratory meetings, and upkeep of the lab's website and social media accounts. The position is for six months, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

The minimum qualifications required to be considered an applicant for the Junior Specialist in Agroecology position is B.S. in Environmental Science, Agroecology, Sustainability, or similar field.

Applications must be submitted via this website, and must include: 1) Cover Letter; 2) Curriculum Vitae and 3) 3 References

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

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately with a final closing date of May 25, 2019.

For more information, please contact Professor Rebecca Ryals:

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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