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Project Scientist at Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility 

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility (RRSAF) ( is a unique 300-acre living laboratory, part of UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), dedicated to the long-term study of irrigated and dryland agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. We measure the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other elements on agricultural sustainability. Sustainability indicators include long-term trends in crop yield, profitability, resource-use efficiency (such as water or energy), soil biodiversity and environmental impacts. 

We are searching for a Project Scientist to make significant and creative contributions to research in sustainable agriculture, agroecology and/or soil science, as well as support the efforts of our diverse research team.

Responsibilities will include: i) designing and implementing research studies, including utilizing existing long-term data sets; ii) assisting in fund-raising and grant applications, and iii) writing original manuscripts. The Project Scientist, under the supervision of RRSAF Director and in collaboration with our research team, will engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. Other responsibilities will include training of students and staff in the scientific method and specific techniques, as well as some supervision of students. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual, with the appropriate background/experience and creative energy, to interact with our many collaborators and work with minimal supervision. 

Candidate should have a PhD Degree in agroecology, soil science, crop science, agricultural sciences, ecology or related field. Experience in conducting research projects, field experimental design, and proposal writing is required. Candidate should have a broad range of skills in techniques/instrumentation used in agricultural research, good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills. Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.


  • A PhD Degree in Agricultural Science, Agroecology, Soil Science, Plant Science, Crop Science, Ecology or appropriate related field.
  • Experience in research projects and field experimental design involving agriculture, agroecology, soil science, and/or related subjects.
  • Aptitude in communicating and extending technical information.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to facilitate collaborative research, provide information, resolve problems, and increase cooperation among individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.



  • Potential to accomplish team-based research and education programs in sustainable agriculture.
  • Experience in effectively and productively interacting with multiple researchers and stakeholders.
  • Expertise in statistical and graphing programs such as R, Sigmaplot.
  • Experience in writing both proposals and research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience) 
  • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel- and communication- skills.


SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year (starting ASAP) with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by October 1, 2017. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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Communications and Proposal Specialist at ASI

Under general supervision, responsible for the creation of written and visual communications materials that improve awareness of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) and its units, major initiatives, and projects, and support the institute's fundraising and grant-seeking efforts. This position allows for the development of a suite of transferable skills in communications and development, and will play a key supporting role in a new institute-wide communications initiative focusing on climate-smart agriculture in California. 

Responsible for synthesizing and communicating visually and in writing, and working with others to reach key audiences, including farmers and ranchers, policymakers, non-profit organizations, agribusiness leaders, students, media, consumers, and University of California collaborators through effective multimedia strategies. Roles will include, but are not limited to, planning, preparation, and editing of printed outreach materials and web-based publications; content creation for interactive educational tools; maintenance of contact management databases for targeted email communications; interfacing with key audiences through organizing community engagement events such as forums and focus groups; and supporting ASI programmatic leads and the ASI director and Proposal Coordinator in the preparation of grant proposals and other fundraising materials.  



  • Create and edit a variety of communications materials, including blog posts, brochures, flyers, fact sheets, email campaigns, fundraising materials, slide decks, webinar and video content, and meeting notes and reports.
  • Work with the Communication Coordinator and Proposal Coordinator to create institute style guidelines and templates for communications materials, such as fact sheets, flyers, and slide decks that conform to those guidelines.
  • Position the ASI website as a portal for climate-smart agricultural communications by coordinating the revision, updating, and maintenance of website design and content, in collaboration with ASI staff and IT team.
  • Improve the institute’s email-based outreach and communications through the maintenance and expansion of the ASI contact database.
  • Under the supervision of the ASI director, interface with key audiences both virtually and in person to share and evaluate communication materials, take meeting notes, and prepare meeting reports.



  • Work with the ASI director, Proposal Coordinator, and ASI programmatic leads to prepare grant proposals to private foundations and other funders focusing on communications and research in climate-smart agriculture.
  • Under the supervision of the Proposal Coordinator, assist with the writing and editing of a variety of narrative, budgetary, and other proposal justifications, maintaining stylistic consistency throughout and conforming to a recognized and approved style, logic and policy of funding organizations. Help translate specialist writings into clear, concise narratives.
  • Work with the Proposal Coordinator to assist PIs in the interpretation of grant guidelines and procedures, including identifying sponsor requirements, interpreting key information to include in proposals, and preparing to-do lists, best-practice documents, and timelines for PIs to ensure timely and complete submission of grant proposals.
  • Work with the Proposal Coordinator to upload proposal documents to the UCD Sponsored Programs system and assist in uploading proposal materials to sponsor submission systems.


  • Organizational and time management skills to coordinate projects and people, prioritize and track multiple projects simultaneously, and meet critical deadlines. 
  • Oral and written communication skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to research, secure and/or provide information, clarify situations, resolve problems, and ensure cooperation among individuals. 
  • Experience writing, editing and proofing including using language accurately and creatively; recognizing and using correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Experience using word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software to create and format documents and organize information. 
  • Skills to learn new software systems, including collaborative software tools and/or research administrative systems, such as Cayuse software. 
    Experience researching and analyzing complex information and/or problems to anticipate the information and communications needs of key audiences. 



  • Proficient in verbal and written Spanish. 
  • Experience with contact management systems, such as Constant Contact or Mailchimp. 
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or InDesign. 
  • Experience using content management (CMS) systems, such as Wordpress or Drupal. 
  • Experience writing grant proposals and/or academic or technical publications. 
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and food systems. 


SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience. Salary offered is up to $23.39/HR due to funding limitations.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 50% for 18 months, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by November 19, 2018. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

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