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Postdoctoral Scholar for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture-Diversity and Culture of Inclusion

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California academic salary scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2022
Position duration: This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

Application Window

Open date: May 20th, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Jul 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) at the University of California-Merced, University of Pennsylvania (lead institution), University of Florida, and Purdue University.

The IoT4Ag Center invites applications for a Diversity and Culture of Inclusion (DCI) post- doctoral scholar. Under supervision of Professor Catherine Keske (UC-Merced), this position will work closely and collaboratively with DCI leaders to expand the Center’s research and outreach initiatives to effectuate a vision of transformative, socially-just engineered systems and products. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by experienced faculty members from the IoT4Ag partner campuses who will provide professional guidance and co-create mentoring plans to foster professional development and academic growth. This is a one-year position with opportunity for renewal.

This position will:
• Proactively advance the Center’s DCI research profile within the ERC network by expanding Center’s scale and scope of DCI research, and network collaboration.
• Enhance the Center’s DCI research and outreach infrastructure through grant writing and research culminating in peer-reviewed publications.
• Co-develop metrics that measure and cultivate diverse membership and inclusive climate, including a sense of belonging to the Center.
• Collaborate across Center pillars and thrusts to increase quantity, quality, and impact of DCI outreach activities.
• Have opportunities to propose and execute new DCI programs and activities within the Center’s mission.

Essential Duties

Co-develop and collaborate to implement outreach activities that expand IoT4Ag DCI programs.
Along with Assessment and DCI Leaders, co-develop metrics that measure and cultivate diverse membership and inclusive climate, including a sense of belonging to Center.
Co-develop, conduct, and publish DCI research studies that support Center goals of developing transformative, socially just engineered products, and facilitating access by underserved communities. This may include research into expanding inclusivity and access to products developed from the Center’s three research thrusts.
Co-write national and local grants to build the Center’s DCI research and outreach programs.
Collect data at IoT4Ag annual events, workshops, webinars, and/or meetings.
Organize and mentor graduate and undergraduate students to conduct DCI research, data collection, and outreach.
Submit written contributions to monthly newsletter, social media, and other outreach forums.
Initiate meetings and correspond with DCI Board members.
Prepare written reports to NSF, or as otherwise needed.
Maintain positive working relationships with university and community partners at all IoT4Ag campuses.
Attend NSF meetings, either in person or virtually, on behalf of the DCI team.
Represent the IoT4Ag Center at student recruiting events, particularly at events that may lead to the recruitment and retention of underserved populations.
Liaise with network ERC DCI leaders within the ERC network, particularly to develop cross-sectional research.
Deliver guest lectures on DCI topics in educational and public settings.
Attend and present at national conferences and workshops as requested to disseminate work and develop professional networks.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: []. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

• Ph.D. degree in engineering or related field (e.g. engineering education, STEM education) completed by the start of the appointment.
• Demonstrated experience in STEM programming and or/ program management. Examples: educational programming, research focus, or outreach (e.g. Cooperative Extension). 3-5 years of experience preferred.
• Close physical proximity to UC-Merced or one of the other 3 partner campuses.
• Evidence of strong problem-solving skills, personal motivation, self-management, and attention to detail.
• Capable of meeting tight deadlines and making progress without direct supervision.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Experience working independently and as part of team.

Preferred qualifications

The candidate will demonstrate experience and competency in one or more of the following areas:
• Scholarly writing, as evidenced in 3 writing samples.
• Grant proposal writing, as evidenced by writing samples, and successfully funded proposals (preferred).
• Demonstrated evidence of facilitating programs that foster diversity and inclusion.
• Instructional design and/ or dissemination of DCI modules in STEM curricula to audiences in higher education.
• Proficiency in Slack, Microsoft Teams, Canvas, Zoom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Suite, and Google Suite.
• Willingness to travel and represent Center approximately one time every 2 months.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Three Writing Samples - Please provide three writing samples with submission of application.

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)
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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 over 9,000 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 (

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Job location

Merced, CA