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Junior Specialist in Applied Agriculture and Environmental Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open June 25th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


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 water use and agricultural crops as well as GIS, modeling, and remote sensing.

The candidate is expected to use his/her professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions to our lab. Projects will include geospatial analysis, working with UAV and satellite imagery, as well as spatial and hydroeconomic modeling. The candidate is expected to perform field work in agricultural and natural lands for data collection, carry out research, collaborate on research ideas, oversee assistants in the group, and prepare reports and/or articles on the research progress. The candidate will also assist in writing project reports, technical publications, and academic articles as well as participate in science communication and training, including conferences, workshops, and industry events. This is a full-time exempt appointment with the expectation that the Junior Specialist will be present on campus to work on research related efforts when not conducting field work or work related travel.

Qualifications: Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research independently with leadership skills and strong written and verbal communication skills are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have experience with geospatial analysis, coding, and statistics. Demonstrated experience in one or more GIS/RS platforms is required. Demonstrated experience in one or more coding languages is also required. Experience working in California’s agricultural systems and wildlands showing proven knowledge of data collection, experimental design, and communication skills are preferred. Experience in one or more modeling environments is also preferred. Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering , Agricultural Engineering or a related field.

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. This is a 12-month full-time appointment. The position is open until filled, 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.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is strongly committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is well equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California and nationwide. The campus has 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 surrounding area. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)