Project Scientist - Alfalfa Irrigation Management

County Location: Fresno County

Date Posted: April 19, 2019
Closing Date: August 30, 2019

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This position is located at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE), Parlier, CA.

The Project Scientist will work closely with project directors at KARE and the USDA-ARS, Water Management Research Unit to carry out research and extension education and make significant and creative contributions to alfalfa irrigation research in California with a focus in the San Joaquin Valley. This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program in alfalfa water use efficiency and the related interface of agricultural, economic, and ecological aspects of alfalfa and forage production on California’s irrigated farmland. The appointee is not required to develop an independent research program. The appointee is required to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets as appropriate in collaboration with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team.

In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.

The appointee will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The appointee will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The appointee will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

This is not an academic career-track appointment and is not eligible for indefinite status. The Project Scientist will be appointed to a term ending June 30, 2021.


Required Qualifications:

Programmatic competence

  • An earned Ph.D. in agricultural engineering, irrigation, agronomy, or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.
  • Strong statistical and quantitative skills.
  • Experience in experimental design, managing field research and leading field crews in research implementation.
  • Experience publishing peer-reviewed research in high impact journals is required.


  • Skills to communicate and extend technical information to diverse audiences are required.

Collaboration, Teamwork & Flexibility

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other professionals

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with proposal development and familiarity with project planning and assessment tools and strategies.

SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Project Scientist Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Project series salary scales, please refer to: