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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

120 Postharvest Quality Specialist

California remains the U.S. leader in cash value of horticultural crops. Over a third of the domestic vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts are produced and marketed from California. As consumer awareness of the health benefits of a diet including a spectrum of phytonutrient and anti-oxidant dense vegetables, fruits, and nuts increases, the marketing chain, from supply to retail, has responded. No longer a trend but a clear strategic initiative, recent years haveseen a major awakening and resurgence of interest in produce quality among the global and regional foodservice and retail sectors. These specifications must be aligned with other emerged or emerging food retailer-driven initiatives, including food waste reduction, campaigns for healthy-life choices and combating obesity, food security, food justice, food safety, and equitable and socially-responsible sourcing.  This Specialist position will be responsible for statewide leadership in advanced quality management systems for perishable horticultural foods.  This high impact program is expected to evolve from the broad and innovative integration of principles of horticultural production and postharvest biology and systems management.  Engagement around preharvest determinants of postharvest quality has high potential, under this leadership and catalyzing position, to bring multidisciplinary involvement across the UC and ANR continuum from basic to highly-applied programs. It is fully expected that with position maturity, the program will transect scales-of-production, import and export markets, and international initiatives to address quality management and critical issues of food waste, food security, and food justice which have risen to global initiatives among the foodservice and retail sector.  

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



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I believe the University should prioritize the proposed position. Such positions are critical as they act to stabilize and harmonize the needs of the post-harvest community. By acting as a common point for researchers, technology providers, and end users the Specialist will enhance opportunities for all stakeholders. End users can reach out to be made aware of new technologies and methods and technology providers can reach out and gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the problems faced by the market. Centralizing these efforts around the Specialist position will ensure that the information gathered and disseminated will reflect the needs and priorities of the field as a whole. Centralizing efforts around the Specialist position will also ensure a high degree of information consistency; a requirement critical for those of us working on developing new technologies for post-harvest produce.
Posted May 3, 2016 12:15 PM by Jim Sawada
UC Davis has long been an international leader in reducing postharvest losses. UCDavis unique Postharvest Technology Center, faculty, and staff have helped the California produce industry build and maintain its pre-eminent role in the supply of fresh produce to state, national and international markets. The resurgence of consumer concern and the new world-wide focus on fruits and vegetables as key providers of essential micronutrients, anti-oxidants, and beneficial biologically active compounds make it even more important today to ensure that UCDavis has the expertise to sustain and to build our produce industry's ability to offer the best nutritional value on a competitive basis. Measuring, managing, and communicating produce quality is a modern necessity for the fresh produce industry. Quality builds from the field and has to be maintained throughout complicated supply chains without adding costs that would ultimately increase consumer prices in ways that could reduce consumer access to and consumption of produce. Higher rates of fresh produce consumption are needed to fight the epidemic malnutrition of substantial parts of the US population. UC Davis has an important role to play in ensuring that consumers -- and pubic policy makers - know that they are getting fresh and safe produce that has been handled, stored, transported and delivered to their store shelves at as close to field fresh value nutritionally as we can reasonably achieve. The management of postharvest quality is a 21st Century issue that is essential to providing the most value from today's -- and tomorrow's -- produce industry to an increasingly knowledgeable and demanding set of state, national, and international clients --- and regulators. This Specialist position is of high importance to maintain and build UCDavis leadership in responding to the new global priority given to ensuring triple-bottom line returns to crop investment through loss and supply chain waste reduction.
Posted May 3, 2016 3:13 PM by Don Humpal
Postharvest position is decidedly needed to further the study of perishable products and the need for extending shelf life without compromising flavor. We should be championing the natural sciences in the strongest possible voice our future as leaders in agriculture depend on innovation and integration.
Posted May 3, 2016 4:44 PM by Cathy Pinto
Positions such as the Post-Harvest Specialist at our fine educational institutions such as UC Davis offer an unbiased resource to the agricultural industry for the development, validation, and dissemination of improved practices to keep our produce as nutritive as possible on its way to the final consumer. Given the importance of California in the US fresh food supply chain, a position like this one could serve all stakeholders well.
Posted May 20, 2016 12:08 PM by Kara Kruger
I am highly supportive of UC Davis investing time and resources in filling the position of a Post Harvest Extension Specialist. For all the reasons indicated in the proposal the produce industry needs technical guidance as to how to provide the consuming public safety quality products
Posted May 20, 2016 1:17 PM by Charles F. Cook Ph.D
The California Cantaloupe Advisory Board (CCAB), a mandatory Marketing Order funded by all cantaloupe growers in California, is highly supportive of filling this position of a Post Harvest Extension Specialist. UC Davis and The CCAB have been working collaboratively for decades. California melon growers from throughout the state call on and count on UC Davis as their first contact regarding all post harvest issues. This partnership of knowledge is invaluable especially for smaller seasonal growers trying to compete on a global basis. California has been the leader in post harvest proactive solutions from fertility to food safety due to this close collaboration. In today's highly competitive world, California growers needs the assistance of a University Based CE program to provide the science-based and objective assessments of new technologies as well as guidance in integrating the best post harvest solutions concerning varieties, soil, water, robotics, trace-ability and food safety. These decisions and assistance can only come from continuous knowledge of existing best practices. The existing mutual respect and collaboration between UC Davis and California melon growers is the key to timely acceptance and adaptation of the best solutions for the future to benefit the economy and the environment.
Posted May 23, 2016 9:04 AM by Stephen Patricio
I agree with many of the points already made in previous posts. I support funding of the Post Harvest Extension Specialist. California leads the world in so many categories in Ag, but we must add value to everything we do to be able to maintain that leadership. Post Harvest technology is critical for our industry to add value and allow us to compete. The laws and regulations in the State make it very difficult to compete around the world unless we add significant value to our products. This position would support and enhance that effort to lead the world in food safety practices and new technologies in addition to consumer confidence and consumption. UC Davis is already recognized for its world class research and this position would only enhance its reputation.
Posted May 23, 2016 4:21 PM by Sammy Duda
The public continues to be advised to consume a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, including vegetables, fruits and nuts. California is well positioned to continue to produce the vast majority of specialty crop acreage. Our complex distribution system, as well as the long distances between production regions and major population centers, present some very interesting postharvest challenges. Customers' expectations for high quality and freshness necessitate constant innovation. For decades, the leafy greens industry has looked to scientists at the Mann Lab as a invaluable resource for problem solving and technology development. We strongly urge UCANR to fund this position.
Posted May 25, 2016 11:48 AM by Mary Zischke
The growing world population can be fed either by increasing production on limited land or reducing postharvest losses, which are significant even in developed nations. Postharvest research program at UCDavis is considered as top most postharvest program in the world. In the past, researchers at UCDavis has conducted research and developed best management practices, which are being used all over the world. This postharvest specialist position is highly critical to innovate in this area of research and continuously leading the world to reduce produce waste. After working in produce industry for over 6 years, I have realized that there are still significant gaps exist for fundamental research on unexplored aspects of postharvest physiology. This position is vital to develop new technologies and applied postharvest practices in order to meet industry needs. Produce industry has significantly benefited from postharvest research conducted by UCDavis researchers and highly endorse this position.
Posted May 26, 2016 11:06 AM by Malkeet Padda
Continuous improvement in the postharvest handling of California stone fruits is critical to the development and success of our industry, and preserving the eating quality of stone fruits throughout the supply chain is key to consumer acceptance and market expansion. The University of California has been a respected leader in this area for many decades and its information and guidance is highly regarded by producers, retailers and consumers alike. As one who has worked in the stone fruit industry for 30 years, it is unimaginable to contemplate the absence of a dedicated, talented, and dynamic CE Specialist within this discipline. Such a loss would be of great consequence to our industry, and I encourage you to consider the filling of this position to be a top priority.
Posted May 29, 2016 2:59 PM by George Nikolich, Gerawan Farming
I strongly support funding for "Cooperative Extension Specialist in Post Harvest Quality" at the University of California, Davis. It is extremely important for the agriculture community and every consumer that the vital work of developing and delivering the most nutritious and highest quality fruits and vegetables possible.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 11:08 AM by William Ferriera
As a Partner in Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce (a large international Grower/Shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables and as Chairman of the Research Committee for the California Strawberry Commission, I strongly support the proposal for a new UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Postharvest Quality.

The University of California has a long history of partnering with industry in providing consumers worldwide with safe, wholesome, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Future research provided by this new position would directly address three priority issues within the Fresh Produce Industry; Food Safety, Product Quality and Food Waste. Every sector is increasingly challenged by both retailers and consumers to improve our efforts on each of these three fronts.

In light of the recent loss of several members within the UC Postharvest Research Team, the selection of a new UCCE Specialist in Postharvest Quality is critical.
Posted Jun 4, 2016 9:41 PM by Dave Murray
The demand for minimally processed and fresh-cut produce is expected to grow in the US and world-wide. Competiveness of this industry will increase as consumers are demanding safe and premium products with extended shelf-life and a greater diversity in their diets. Participation in global markets requires relatively complex processing operations, sophisticated marketing, information, and transportation networks. The UC Postharvest Center has been one of the leading research institutions providing crucial research to support the fresh-cut industry in CA and worldwide. Researchers at the UC Postharvest Center have established effective collaborations with the California fresh-cut industry. Continued academia-industry partnerships are needed to address future challenges facing this industry. The UC Postharvest Center is also critical for the dissimilation of knowledge, training and education of fresh-cut produce industry professionals.
As a fresh-cut produce industry professional I depend on the collaboration with a Postharvest CE Specialist for solving emerging problems, transferring information and novel technologies and continuing education. Therefore, I strongly urge UCANR to fund this position.
Posted Jun 6, 2016 9:40 AM by Susanne Klose
I strongly support the proposal for a new UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Postharvest Quality.

The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act puts an extraordinary increased demand on the research, communication, and industry and farmer interaction needed from the UC Postharvest Center.

Their work is at the core of the mission of the Land Grant college system in the leading agricultural state that is "the salad bowl of the country." It also is at the core of the nutritional mission of increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that are safe, nutritious and appealing.

I have worked with small and sustainable farmers for decades, as well as large and conventional farmers. The work of the Postharvest Extension Specialists on food quality and safety has been essential.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 10:49 AM by Daniel B. Cohen
As an agribusiness professional engaged in international development, I am writing from Maputo, Mozambique, to endorse the proposal for a new UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Postharvest Quality. The UC Postharvest Center has been an invaluable resource to my work in the California citrus industry in the 1980's and 1990's, and to my work for US donor agencies world-wide over the past fifteen years. The Center's global prestige as an acknowledged leader in postharvest science is unchallenged, but can only be maintained by continued investment in research and extension. The dividends that these investments yield are incalculable, not only for California agriculture but for producers and consumers of agricultural products everywhere.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 11:06 AM by L. Patrick Hanemann
The need for more solid support from academia in the discipline of Postharvest Quality is tantamount! With rising costs and limited resources our systems must become more efficient. This efficiency will only come from good strong science. I support the need for this position and know it will only make a positive impact on consumers, production professionals and the environment.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 3:03 PM by Ernie Farley
As a produce wholesaler, fresh-cut processor and value-added repacker, Maglio Companies is fully involved in post-harvest handling of numerous commodities. Working from facilities in Boston, MA, McAllen, TX, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN we have diverse regionalized issues. The CE Specialist position would vastly improve our access to information regarding not only the handling of crops originating from California, but would also lend assistance with our 'local' crops in each region.

We have been partnering with Will Allen from Growing Power to bring safe, local healthy food grown in hoophouses on our urban property to food deserts in the central Milwaukee neighborhoods. With the opportunity to share best practices and leverage the brainpower found within the UC system, we would be able to provide more food with less waste.

The opportunity for industry to partner with academia will undoubtedly provide a positive impact on the quality and availability of fresh food through urban-ag programs. The increased awareness and promotion of food safety practices and protocols will also benefit producers and consumers alike.

We strongly support the funding for this Postharvest Quality position. As an industry partner, we have already demonstrated our commitment to UC Davis and the work being done by the Postharvest team; having this position created would strengthen that commitment.
Posted Jun 10, 2016 1:22 PM by Sam Maglio, Maglio Companies
The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crops industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:36 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
I strongly support the proposed position for all of the reasons shared in the preceding comments. I have working as a quality and food safety professional in the fresh produce industry for over 20 years. I have worked with operations and farmers all over the world and UC Davis has always been a tremendous resource no matter where I am. The reality is the existing resources are already stretched and this position would help provide that vital connection between the university and industry and a much needed additional leadership in advanced quality management systems for fresh produce foods.
Posted Jun 15, 2016 4:12 PM by Drew McDonald
The California Fresh Fruit Association wishes to express our strong support for the hiring of a new UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Postharvest Quality.

Our Association is a voluntary public policy organization that works on behalf of our members – growers, shippers, marketers and associates – on issues that specifically affect member commodities: fresh grapes, kiwis, pomegranates, cherries, blueberries, peaches, pears, apricots, nectarines, interspecific varieties, plums, apples and persimmons.

The University of California has a long history of partnering with industry in providing consumers worldwide with safe, nutritious, fresh produce through innovative practices.

Research provided by this position would directly address three priority issues within the fresh produce industry; Food Safety, Product Quality and Food Waste. These three areas have been the primary focus of both retailers and consumers, only escalating the need for meaningful research and solutions.

In addition, the UC Postharvest Research Team’s recent staffing losses only lends itself to the obvious need in selecting a new UCCE Specialist in Postharvest Quality.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 3:22 PM by Barry Bedwell, President, California Fresh Fruit Association
Markon Cooperative strongly supports funding the new cooperative extension position in Postharvest Quality. The Postharvest Technology Center brings knowledge and expertise to industry stakeholders by continually providing science-based information and is an ongoing, key resource to Markon. Funding this postharvest specialist position is critical to the fresh produce industry and will allow for the continued interaction between industry and academia as best practices for producing safe, high-quality products evolve through science-based research.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 2:21 PM by Markon Cooperative
With great enthusiasm I adamantly support the proposal for a new UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Postharvest Quality. Lets not just continue the tradition but boldly keep alive the opportunity to pursue increasingly better modes of proving fresher and healthier fruits and vegetables for the world of precious consumers. The research in this area has and will continue to be beneficial not just to production agriculture in general but even more so to the public who that has an ever increasing appetite for products that can be consumed in the healthiest and safest manners possible. UC working in conjunction with and for production agriculture is what has created a world leading production system. Lets stay on the forefront and be open to the brightest new ideas the human mind can fathom and nurtured for the benefit of all.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 9:50 AM by Vince Lopes
The UC Postharvest Center has been one of the leading research institutions providing crucial research to support the fresh-cut industry in CA along with foreign countries. The UC Postharvest Center is also critical for the dissimilation of knowledge, training and education of fresh-cut produce industry professionals. In order for California to remain the leader in horticultural crops and remain on the cutting edge of Postharvest Technology I strongly support the position of the Postharvest Harvest Quality and Safety.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 7:44 AM by David Ghiglione
The Postharvest Technology center has been a leading source of research-based information on the postharvest quality, safety and marketability of fresh and processed agricultural products. It is imperative to support this position, especially because of recent and future retirements, as well as expanding needs of the California Agricultural and food industries. Supporting this position is the only way for the center to continue to provide relevant information to California growers, shippers, marketers, carriers, distributors, retailers, processors, and consumers of agricultural produce.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 10:42 AM by Irwin R Donis-Gonzalez
The postharvest program at UC Davis, having been developed and lauded over the past 30 years, is now in danger of losing its US and international influence. the loss of the extension elders and full professors leaves the program in need of new positions and new ideas. As a UCD graduate and volunteer postharvest extension specialist, I fully support this proposal, and suggest that 3 or 4 more positions be added as resources allow
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:58 AM by Lisa Kitinoja
UC DAVIS has been in the forefront of technological advancement in the field of post harvest management and had in the past people of such high caliber such as DR A.KADER,so it must carry forward the legacy,now coming to the said post it is vital in today's scenario as we keep hearing the phrase " GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT" in the context of fresh horticulture produce so one needs to have separate department with qualified and dedicated faculty dealing with the issue which is of huge economic significance in the realm of sustainable agriculture and high energy efficiency.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 11:57 AM by prabhat Sharma
The increasing need of postharvest quality assurance to the consumers ask for more human resource in postharvest technology. Being perishables, the temperature and time management are critical and can pose a serious loss if neglected or over looked. This ask for more postharvest specialist working with farmers directly by bringing relevant technologies.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 12:38 PM by Bed Khatiwada
Every year the international global competition is getting tougher (emerging countries with lower labor cost etc...) and the only way our agriculture sector can survive is thru quality, research investment/knowledge and technological advancement. I highly endorse such position as it will enhance our sector.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:02 PM by Marwan Edmund hatem
Thanks to Davis Universtity the information provided on postharvest handling of horticultural and fruit crops. It is valuable information that keeps us constantly informed through their newesletter. Also through published literature at UC Davis it is very important. Thanks for all the help.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:10 PM by Agr. Óscar Mario Castro S. Costa Rica
UC Davis is worldwide renowned for a high level of postharvest expertise and outreach. The program has been going strong for decades providing training, information and support to individuals and companies all over the state of California and beyond. A recent "wave" of retirements of a very productive generation might leave the University with very few researchers carrying a heavy workload of such a diverse agricultural production. Thus, it is imperative that the position for the UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Postharvest Quality is supported and filled in the near future.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:55 PM by Angelos Deltsidis
On behalf of the 3,500 California citrus growers represented by the California Citrus Research Board, we would like to express support for the proposed Post Harvest Quality Systems and Technology Extension Specialist position to be based at UC Davis. The California citrus industry is worth almost $2 billion dollars with 80% of the fruit produced going to fresh domestic and international markets. In order for the citrus industry to maintain and grow these markets, support of postharvest systems to maximize citrus quality is needed.
The Citrus Research Program is the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act that enables the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. We provide over $7 million annually to fund needed research for the California citrus industry. Just last year we spent over $500,000 to study postharvest and export issues in California citrus. Our research efforts need the additional research and extension support provided by a Postharvest Quality Specialist. Growers, cooperatives, packing houses and shippers are all interested in producing the highest quality fruit in a sustainable manner. We currently have a number of ongoing research projects based at UC Davis and would be interested in supporting additional work to improve postharvest practices and citrus quality.
The hiring of a Postharvest Quality Extension Specialist would be valuable to address the many facets of postharvest biology and production and would be of great benefit to fresh market production in California, including the citrus fresh market. Reducing waste in the food production chain and ensuring produce is safe from food borne pathogens and toxins are important goals. The Citrus Research Board supports efforts to improve sustainability and expand the overall supply of nutritious fresh market citrus and strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:35 AM by Gary Schulz
The many and diverse horticultural enterprises of California appreciate and respect the postharvest physiology and technology brain trust of the University of California - Davis. This proposed Postharvest Quality Specialist position is ideally suited to complement the expertise and skills of current statewide staff members. The person selected will be able to leverage his/her expertise as a member of the elite team to facilitate additional advances needed to maintain and enhance to competitive positions of California horticultural industries. As the unparralled global postharvest leaders, UC Davis strongly impacts postharvest professionals like myself around the US and around the world. Speaking for North Carolina, we too need this new position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 6:38 PM by DR L G WILSON

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