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Junior Research Specialist, Step I

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The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California. The University opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/ Humanities/Arts.

The VICE Lab is the research lab of Associate Professor Joshua H. Viers and is currently based out of the University of California, Merced. The lab focuses on pressing environmental problems facing California and the planet, with a particular emphasis on coupled human-environment systems, leveraging information systems to turn data into decisions, and novel solutions in environmental decision making. VICE Lab Research foci include: Agroecology and Conservation Agriculture Planning and Implementation; Climatic and Hydrological Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies; Development Engineering, International Development, Sustainable Development; Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity Inventory, Assessment, and Restoration; Geospatial Technologies (Geographic Information Systems / Remote Sensing); Informatics, Database Design and Data Mining; and Water and Watershed Management, Water Footprinting.

The VICE Lab seeks applications for a full-time Junior Research Specialist to support the various research projects by conducting geospatial and hydrospatial analysis, not limited to: directed field data collection, use and deployment RTK DGPS survey equipment, use of ArcGIS/ENVI/Pix4d/R software, and hydraulic and hydrologic modeling. Additionally, the candidate must be able to conduct general Environmental Engineering analysis and research, not limited to: preparing / reviewing technical reports, preparing and conducting environmental data analysis, engaging in engineering project management (e.g., budget, quality assurance, EH&S) and preparing and conducting research reports. Field work requires familiarity with water quality sampling methods, mapping methods, use of novel research equipment (UAVs, small boats), and ability to drive a large vehicle with a trailer attached.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a BS/BA in environmental engineering, hydrology, earth sciences or a related field as well as have effective analytical, written and verbal communication skills. The successful candidate will have prior fieldwork experience with environmental quality sampling methods, GIS analysis and mapping methods, use of novel research equipment (UAVs, small boats), and ability to drive a large vehicle with a trailer attached. Candidate must have a valid driver's license, pass a DMV pull notice, and ability to pass Motorboat Operator Training Course (MOTC) and FAA Section 107 exam with successful completion within 3 months of the candidates hire date.

Interested individuals should submit 1) cover letter 2) Curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 3 references with contact information including mailing address.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Specialist Series Salary scale. Initial review of applicants will begin immediately. Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled; however, there is a closing date of 9/22/2017.

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.

For questions and additional information, please contact Associate Professor Joshua Viers at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 references required (contact information only)