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Associate Specialist in Mechanical Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open March 24th, 2020 through Friday, Apr 24, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


An Associate Specialist position is currently available in Dr. Reza Ehsani’s Intelligent Agricultural Engineering Technologies Lab at the University of California, Merced to participate in developing electronic sensor systems for applications in agriculture. The Associate Specialist will be engaged in different funded research projects related to sensor technology, robotics, and smart machine design for the food and agriculture industries. Job duties include, but not limited to, the design and fabrication of various types of analog and digital electronic circuits for different types of sensors as well as machine control systems. Other assigned tasks include, as needed, maintaining well-documented lab notebooks and helping students and postdocs in Dr. Ehsani’s lab with their projects. The Associate Specialist is also expected to serve as the primary safety supervisor for Dr. Ehsani's lab and make sure the lab complies with UC Merced, state and federal rules and regulations. Additional duties include planning and conducting day-to-day experimental activities relating to assigned research projects as well as contributing to writing scientific manuscripts and project reports. It is also expected that the Associate Specialist utilizes safe laboratory protocols, maintains the lab in clean and high-functioning condition; be proficient in all the experimental and analytical procedures carried out in the lab, stay on the top of future developments and opportunities for the implementation of related new technologies and procedures, and supervise the undergraduate students in the lab.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Master degree in electrical engineering or a related area with at least five years of experience. A PhD and prior experience in designing soil and plant sensors for precision agriculture is highly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications: 1) Prior applied experience in designing electronic circuits, 2) Prior experience managing a workshop or laboratory, 3) Prior experience operating and maintaining laboratory equipment, 4) Prior experience supervising technical staff, and 5) Prior experience managing large datasets

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) summary of 3 relevant accomplished related projects, and 4) a list of three references with affiliations, relationship to the applicant, and email address; this will be submitted through AP Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scale. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until April 24, 2020.

Please contact Dr. Reza Ehsani at with any questions.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. 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
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Summary of Three Relevant Accomplishments

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)