Field Research Scientist
Grant Researcher I
Science & Environmental Policy
Job #: FP2013-427
Temporary position Oct 21, 2013 to September 30, 2015
This is a full time benefited position dependent upon grant funds. Subject to annual NASA review
Open until filled. Application Screening Begins:
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Under the general direction of thePrincipal Investigator under the NASA Cooperative Agreementthe Research Scientist is responsible for assisting with scientific research and coordinating field research activities. Project focus: Irrigation Management in the Salinas Valley and San Joaquin Valley, California. The main objective of the proposed research is to apply satellite observations and wireless sensor networks to characterize evaporation and soil moisture conditions in agricultural settings for use in irrigation scheduling and management.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Work with PI and agricultural producers to identify research sites in the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys.
- Maintain and update field protocols for instrumentation installation, including safety procedures.
- Work collaboratively with PI and research technicians to install and maintain sensor networks in field locations.
- Analyze data from sensor networks and work with PI to develop and program computer routines and models to integrate data from sensor networks with satellite observations.
- Assist with scientific research, in accordance with project specifications, worthy of peer-review publications.
- Assist in preparation of detailed and accurate scientific reports.
- Foster and maintain collaborative links with local groups and individuals, including growers and agricultural companies, resource management agencies, research organizations, and the community in general.
Assist with other projects as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
The position requires skills in research methods, instrumentation selection, deployment, and maintenance, data collection and analysis, client interactions, and teamwork. Mathematical computation skills and ability to maintain electronics equipment and data accurately. The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidate must be capable of working in exposed agricultural settings, as well as in an interdisciplinary scientific atmosphere. Advanced technical skills required to include experience with electronics and sensor networks including soil moisture sensors, capillary lysimeters, flow meters, surface renewal instrumentation, data loggers, Lachat flow injection analyzers, and familiarity with various software programs described below.
Education and Experience:
Equivalent to a Masters Degree in Coastal and Watershed Science, Earth Systems, Environmental Science, Biological Science, or Agronomy AND at least one year of relevant scientific experience in technology and/or science industries involving sensor networks, plant biology, soil science, computing, analysis, and data processing. Previous experience with the following is desirable: i) instrumentation design, procurement, deployment, and troubleshooting for scientific research; ii) field measurements of plant water potential, soil water potential, soil volumetric water content, deep drainage, evapotranspiration, and meteorological drivers of transpiration; iii) familiarity with wireless sensor network data acquisition hardware; iv) FAO-56 crop coefficient methodology for irrigation scheduling; v) water budget modeling including SVAT models and/or firm understanding of biophysical parameters involved in water budget modeling; and vi) satellite imagery and image processing and GIS software.
SPECIAL CONDITION(S) OF EMPLOYMENT:
1. Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.
2. Flexible working hours. Ability to complete and pass on-line defensive driving training. Must continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.
3. Ability to travel for extended time periods to conduct field research and maintain equipment. The position will require multiple field campaigns in the Central Valley of 2-7 days each.
4. Ability to lift 45-55lbs and safely perform installation of sensor equipment which may involve digging, drilling, hammering and other manual labor as required to install sensors.
5. Ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on farm roads.
NOTE: Candidates identified for hire with the University Corporation at Monterey Bay must consent to a criminal background check.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Field research environment in agricultural settings in the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys, as well as standard research environment with standard equipment and tasks. Work location ? NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Position is required to work in the field as well as at a computer/video display terminal and desk for extended periods of time. Will require travel to off-campus locations for field research for extended time period. This position also requires sitting, standing, bending, pushing, pulling, talking and using manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination. Ability to lift 45-55lbs.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
The hiring range for this position is $3,750 to $4,584 per month, commensurate with education and experience. This is a full-time, benefited exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits. University Corporation positions are "at-will" employment.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services; demonstrated technical literacy.
Please complete the required on-line Corporation application at http://hr.csumb.edu/jobs/db/fp/
A complete on-line Corporation application must be received in the University Corporation Human Resources Office BY 5:00 P.M. on Thursday October 31, 2013 TO BE GUARANTEED A REVIEW. Applications received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.
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