VEN Viticulture/Plant Biology Junior Specialist - by June 15

Jr. Specialist Position Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center 

Department of Viticulture/Plant Biology 

A full-time research assistant (Junior Specialist; JS) is needed to support a grapevine mineral nutrition research project in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The position will be located at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California, and affiliated with the historic Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis. The JS will conduct research to develop nitrogen and potassium budgets for table grapes, and to improve nitrogen fertilization recommendations. 

- After appropriate training, the successful applicant will be expected to correctly measure and apply fertilizers to grapevines, and collect and process tissue and water samples. 
- collect, process, and analyze berry samples, which may require correctly maintaining, calibrating, and using scientific equipment. 
- be able to understand and follow directions, and collect and maintain excellent written and electronic records. 
- Other responsibilities may include scheduling vineyard and laboratory research activities, stocking and ordering supplies, and maintaining safe, orderly, and clean research facilities 

Minimum qualifications 

A bachelors degree in a relevant scientific discipline, including agriculture, chemistry, biology, horticulture, viticulture, or a related field is required. 

A valid California drivers license. 

MS degree is preferred. 

Many tasks will be performed outside, during the summer, so the applicant must be able to work effectively when subjected to high temperature, dust, pollen, mold, insects, or other environmentally challenging work conditions. Handling boxes of fruit may be required, so applicants must be able to safely lift 50 lbs. The JS may occasionally be expected to work early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends, depending on specific research needs. 

Term of Appointment: 
The position is available immediately. The position will remain open until filled. The position may be extended for up to 2 years. To apply, submit a letter of interest, a resume, and the name and phone number of three references, by fax or by email, to: Matthew Fidelibus, Ph.D., Fax: (559) 646-6593, email: