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Junior/Assistant Specialist Soil Ecology - Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 20, 2019
Title Junior/Assistant Specialist Soil Ecology - Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline 12/20/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Faculty Associate
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Environmental Science & Ecology

Recruitment Period Open date:

November 18th, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Dec 2, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 20, 2019 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.

The Agroecology Lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for a highly motivated Junior Specialist or Assistant Specialist to conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Bowles. We seek a Junior Specialist or Assistant Specialist to provide technical support for field projects related to the soil ecology of diversified farming systems in two regions of California. The Junior Specialist or Assistant Specialist will work closely with staff, graduate students, undergraduates, postdocs, extension specialists, and growers to support our investigation of how 1) farm diversification affects soil biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Central Coast of California; and 2) key root symbionts can be managed to provide benefits during low water availability on farms in Yolo Co., California. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) field collection of soil, plant and microbial samples; 2) greenhouse experiments; 3) lab analysis of soil and plant samples, 4) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders.


Field work (30%)
  • Assist with organizing field sampling campaigns
  • Prepare equipment and supplies for field sampling
  • Take soil and plant samples from on-farm biophysical surveys and on-farm trials in the Central Coast and Sacramento Valley of California.

Greenhouse work (20%)
  • Conduct greenhouse experiment on how microbial inoculants affect plant performance

Lab work (30%)
  • Process and analyze samples from field sampling in laboratory (e.g. total soil carbon and nitrogen, soil inorganic nitrogen, soil water retention curves)
  • Process and analyze data from on-farm biophysical surveys (e.g. crop yields, crop nutrient uptake)

Organization, analysis and writing (10%)
  • Assist with maintaining project databases
  • Help write and review manuscripts for journal publication

Professional development and service (10%)
  • Participate in project team meetings
  • Provide mentorship of undergraduate research interns

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (at the time of application)
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree program or equivalent international degree program

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree

  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience in lab and field based chemical & physical analysis based on established protocols
  • Demonstrated experience in synthesizing of data based on instruction of the Principal Investigator or their designee(s).
  • Demonstrated ability to use R statistical software
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Time management and planning to assure deadlines are met and field and lab-based work is completed and delivered to the PI
  • Demonstrated experience in Word and Excel or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyzer data
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
  • Valid California Driver's License

This position reports to Dr. Timothy Bowles. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one-year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The anticipated start date of this position will be January 1, 2020.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Specialist series salary scale. The anticipated salary range is $39,500 to $42,100 for the Junior Specialist and $49,700 to $51,800 for the Assistant Specialist. Generous benefits are included


Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Timothy Bowles,

Berkeley seeks to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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:

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
Job location Berkeley, California Requirements Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Current CV
  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience, research interests and career goals

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