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Assistant Professor of Wildlife Habitat Ecology

Posted: October 12, 2018

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Habitat Ecology. The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Habitat Ecology. This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐ track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (https://aes.ucdavis.edu/).

Responsibilities:

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology is seeking applicants that focus on habitat ecology of vertebrate species at local, landscape, or regional scales. Research may focus on species, populations, communities and/or ecosystem level questions, but should include one of the following: 1) how vertebrates are distributed across space and time (within natural, agricultural, or urban landscapes, or across their interface),

2) which factors (intrinsic or extrinsic) influence vertebrate distributions, and/or 3) how habitats may be managed to promote biological diversity. Research areas that particularly concern the department include how anthropogenic factors – climate change, habitat conversion, and natural resource use patterns – influence wildlife distributions at multiple spatial and temporal scales, and how managers could mitigate such influences. Species distribution or niche modeling, spatial analytics, and ecological informatics are potential tools that could be used to better understand habitat ecology of wildlife. The successful applicant’s research program should further include application of satellite imagery, ground‐based sensing technology, sophisticated mapping and modeling tools and software, and demonstrate strong computational abilities. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in wildlife habitat ecology.

The appointee is expected to demonstrate evidence of potential for excellence in teaching. The appointee will teach undergraduate courses related to wildlife habitat ecology and associated analytical approaches (e.g., GIS, species distribution modeling, conservation planning and decision support), consistent with the appointee’s expertise as assigned by the department chair. Additional teaching expectations include instruction focused on existing departmental courses, including field courses such as WFC 100 (Field Methods in Wildlife and Fish Conservation Biology). The candidate will contribute to the department’s mission, with departmental service, collaboration, and excellence in teaching all strongly valued. The appointee will be expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate advising and other responsibilities that are shared by department faculty. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a biological discipline relevant to wildlife habitat ecology. Post‐doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in wildlife habitat ecology.

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:

Application materials must be submitted via the following website:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications,

3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments and future research relevant to wildlife habitat ecology, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy,

6) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 7) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist Roger Baldwin, Recruitment Committee Chair, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA    95616, Tel (530) 752‐4551, FAX (530) 752‐4154, email: rabaldwin@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Assistant/Associate Professor of quantitative fisheries ecology

Posted: October 2, 2018

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of quantitative fisheries ecology.

Responsibilities:

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (WFCB), in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, is recruiting an Assistant or Associate Professor of quantitative fisheries ecology. This is an academic year (9‐month), tenure‐ track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities. Early career candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

For this position, the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology is seeking applicants who advance the field of fisheries science and management, with an emphasis on innovative quantitative approaches.  Particular, but not exclusive, consideration will be given to those with expertise in ecosystem‐based fisheries management, broadly defined.  The successful candidate will engage in collaborative and coordinated research with colleagues from across the campus, including the Bodega Marine Laboratory.  Departmental service, collegiality, and excellence in teaching are highly valued in WFCB, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, service, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other responsibilities that are shared by department faculty.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in multidisciplinary, quantitative fisheries ecology. The appointee is also expected to demonstrate evidence of potential for excellence in teaching. The appointee will be responsible for teaching existing courses and/or courses developed by the appointee that fill departmental needs, are consistent with the department's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, and complement existing courses with a marine and/or quantitative focus. Depending on the candidate's expertise, potential topics across undergraduate and graduate levels for new courses include quantitative fisheries science or ecosystem‐based management. Examples of relevant existing courses in the WFCB undergraduate curriculum include WFC 122 (Population Dynamics & Estimation) or WFC 144 (Marine Conservation Science). The appointee will regularly advise undergraduate and graduate students.   Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied agencies or other appropriate public stakeholders.

This position is part of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative (SMRI): The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the cross‐campus Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (http://cmsi.ucdavis.edu).  This hiring initiative includes two additional faculty positions in resource economics and aquaculture biology, as well as additional hires in partnership with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The appointee will also have the opportunity to participate in  UC  Davis’  new  NSF‐funded, interdisciplinary graduate training program in Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions (https://cmsi.ucdavis.edu/nsf‐research‐traineeship/index.html).

Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in fisheries science, ecology and evolutionary biology, applied mathematics and statistics, or an equivalent field. Post‐doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability, or demonstrate the potential, to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in quantitative fisheries ecology.

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:

Application materials must be submitted via the following website:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list and funding record, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) research statement including accomplishments and future research plans relevant to the position description, 5) teaching statement, 6) statement of contributions to diversity, and 7) four letters of reference. Additional inquiries should be directed to Andrew Rypel, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (rypel@ucdavis.edu) or Marissa Baskett, Department of Environmental Science and Policy (mlbaskett@ucdavis.edu).

Position Link

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02465

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not

include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be

considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

Soil Agroecology Postdoctoral Researcher

Posted: October 2, 2018

Departments of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology and Land, Air, & Water Resources- University of California, Davis

Application review begin date: October 31, 2018

Start Date: January 1, 2019.

SUMMARY:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in foodborne pathogens, soil science, and/or soil microbial ecology to join Daniel Karp’s Lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology and Kate Scow’s Lab in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. The appointment will be for one-year with the possibility of extension based on performance. The postdoctoral researcher will join a collaborative team focused on exploring strategies for managing California agroecosystems to suppress foodborne pathogens. The project will be based at UC Davis (Prof. Daniel Karp and Prof. Kate Scow) and at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Albany, California (Dr. Jeffery Garvey). The work is supported by the Center for Produce Safety.

Contaminated produce continues to be a leading cause of foodborne illness, yet farmers still lack the ability to predict when their crops are at-risk and effective strategies to manage those risks. While evidence is accumulating regarding the efficacy of many practices, results are often not made available to growers in a useable way. The goals of this project are two-fold. First, we will synthesize existing literature to develop pre-harvest, decision-support tools to help growers predict and mitigate risks associated with foodborne pathogens. Second, we will explore novel methods for suppressing foodborne pathogens. Specifically, we will study how soil amendments and soil management history affect soil microbial community dynamics and which factors lead to foodborne pathogen (E. coli & Listeria) suppression. 

The project postdoc, with advice and mentorship from Karp, Scow, and McGarvey, will be responsible for the design and execution of all research activities. Specifically, the postdoc will (1) conduct a broad literature review to assess the efficacy, costs, and feasibility of on-farm food-safety practices and landscape risk factors, (2) coordinate an expert panel of scientists and farmers to review the compiled evidence, (3) conduct lab and field analyses on soils from a 25-year field experiment on the sustainability of farm management practices at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, and (4) investigate the relationship between soil microbial diversity and survival of E. coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes in lab studies to determine how microbial communities influence soils’ suppressive capacity. Additionally, the postdoc will oversee a laboratory technician (with McGarvey), coordinate data management, conduct statistical modeling, prepare manuscripts, aid in grant reporting, and write outreach materials. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Ph.D. in Soil Science, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Agronomy, Ecology or a closely related field.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and growers from different backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a microbiology laboratory.
  • Experience executing fieldwork.
  • Expertise in soil microbial ecology and/or foodborne diseases using molecular tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on project deliverables and communicate findings in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical skills and demonstrated proficiency with R or another statistical program.
  • Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

The following qualifications are preferred but not required:

  • Prior experience working in agroecosystems and/or interfacing with growers.
  • Experience in bioinformatics (i.e., high throughput sequence analysis).
  • Prior experience working with bio-safety level II pathogens (e.g., toxigenic E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, etc.)
  • Prior experience managing large-scale projects and mentoring students.
  • Demonstrated ability and/or desire to integrate results across interdisciplinary teams.

SALARY:

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience. Salary for a 1st year Postdoc is ~$50,000.

TO APPLY:

Please apply by preparing: (1) your CV inclusive of publications, awards, and field/laboratory experience, (2) a cover letter discussing your qualifications, research interests, and motivations for this position, (3) a 1-2 paragraph summary about your commitment to and/or experience with furthering diversity in the sciences, and (4) contact information for 3 references. Send all materials to dkarp@ucdavis.edu with the subject line: “Post-doc CPS Application.

For more information about research in Daniel Karp’s and Kate Scow’s labs, visit: http://karp.ucdavis.edu and http://scowlab.lawr.ucdavis.edu/. For Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility see http://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/rr.

 

JUNIOR SPECIALIST: WFCB Department Labs: (Hobbs Laboratory, Fangue Laboratory, Rypel Laboratory, the Biotelemetry Lab, WFCB Museum)

Posted: June 27, 2018

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology (WFCB) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists in UC Davis WFCB Labs (Hobbs Laboratory, Fangue Laboratory, Rypel Laboratory, the Biotelemetry Lab, WFCB Museum). Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies each year, depending on the needs of the laboratory.

First screening of applicants will start 7/8/2018.

Appointments will vary in length up to a 12 month appointment with the possibility of extension

contingent upon funding and performance.

SELECTION CRITERIA

For a Junior Specialist

a)   Performance in research in specialized areas.

b)   Professional competence and activity.

c)    Bachelor degree in physiology, biology, conservation, marine science, or a related field. d)   Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

e)   Excellent communication skills.

f)    Experience in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) or other appropriate computer programs (GIS, R, SQL, MARK) to organize, summarize and analyze data.

g)   Proficiency in both written and verbal English.

h)   Ability to work independently and as part of a team. i)  Ability to effectively manage a small team.

j)     Valid driver’s license issued in the United States.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Labs:

   Hobbs Lab
   Fangue Lab
   Rypel Lab
   Biotelemetry Lab
   WFCB Museum

View full position descriptions for each lab: Full Position Description

APPLICATION DETAILS: Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology Department Labs

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $17.99 hourly (100% annual + benefits)

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The initial posting date is open until July 8, 2018 to accommodate lab needs. For first full consideration, apply by July 8, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered on future review dates, as new positions open.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for 12 months with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and performance.

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02265.

Applicants should submit cover letter indicating your lab(s) interest and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.