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Junior Specialist/ Assistant Specialist Biological Control Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 18, 2020
Title Junior Specialist/ Assistant Specialist Biological Control Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 4/20/2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Faculty Associate
  • Environmental Science & Ecology

Junior Specialist/ Assistant Specialist Biological Control Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM), a multidisciplinary academic department in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) on the Berkeley campus, encompasses basic and applied aspects of biological, physical and social sciences as applied to natural resources and natural resource-based production systems in support of the education, research, and extension programs of CNR.

The Daane Laboratory in Biological Control focuses on the development of arthropod (e.g., insects, spiders, mites) control programs that have a foundation in biological control, integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture systems. Research and extension programs are conducted in vineyards, olive, stone fruit, pistachio, almond, and a mixture of vegetable cropping systems. Work is primarily conducted in the Central Valley for the tree fruit, table and raisin grape, and vegetable crops, and the north coast, Lodi-Woodbridge and central coast for winegrapes.

The Daane Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for several highly motivated Junior to Assistant Specialists. Under supervision of the Project Director (Daane) and working with Post Doctorate Researchers, the candidates will perform field and laboratory studies to develop more sustainable pest control programs for vineyards and nut (almond and pistachio) crops. Key projects involve research to better understand the epidemiology of viral grape pathogens (called grape leafroll associated virus' and red blotch'). This includes studies of insect vector control, biology and ecology to reduce the spread of the vineyard pathogen. The work will primarily be conducted at two different sites, as well as at varied field locations.

The following areas of specialization are sought:
Grape Leafroll and Mealybug:
Research will primarily be conducted at the Daane Laboratory at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in the San Joaquin Valley

Insect vectors and Spotted Wing Drosophila:
Research will primarily be conducted at the Daane Laboratory at the Oxford Tract (ESPM) on the UC Berkeley campus

Responsibilities may possibly include, but are not limited to;
  • To work closely with grower collaborators to map disease incidence (GIS)
  • Implement and test control programs
  • Data preparation for extension to the farming community
  • To work in nut crops to investigate control programs for native and exotic stink bugs and leaffooted bugs
  • Collect field and laboratory data on pest and beneficial insects in agricultural ecosystems (e.g., vineyards), at times under supervision
  • Help maintain insect colonies and greenhouse plants
  • Use GIS tools to map disease incidence in vineyards
  • Use molecular tools to determine presence of a viral pathogen in plant and insect samples
  • Enter data into the computer
  • Keep laboratory clean and equipment clean,
  • Provide guidance to student helpers

Basic Qualifications (at time of application):
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree program or equivalent international degree program

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying insects (e.g., basic insect taxonomy and curating), field studies where pheromone traps are deployed
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of parasitoid taxonomy
  • Demonstrated experience in either field survey work for insect pests, particularly invasive species, or insectary colony maintenance
  • Candidate should have good hand-eye dexterity
  • Valid CA Driver's License

These positions will report to Cooperative Extension Specialist Kent Daane.
These appointments will be at 100% time for one-year. The anticipated start date will be Spring, 2020.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Specialist series salary scale. Generous benefits are included

To apply visit:
Contact information of three references is required, only those of finalists will be contacted. Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Kent Daane at

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration 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:


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