Organizational Area: ANR:Central Valley Region - Fresno Co - Cooperative Extension
Posting Salary: Min: $34,860
Position Summary: Under close supervision, the Staff Research Associate I supports the research program by assisting researchers and other staff who are conducting research on a variety of research projects. The candidate will conduct field and laboratory research projects and maintain research plots. Specific tasks involve setting up and calibrating equipment for field trials, applying treatments to field trials, collecting data, conducting basic data analysis, and possibly culturing and maintaining microorganisms in the lab.
This position ends on 04/30/2019, with the possibility of extending due to funding.
This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
Special Conditions of Employment: Shift Work Travel
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Must possess a valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
Job Close Date: 11/20/2018
Duty 1: Conduct research activities on a day to day basis for field research. Perform various field procedures to assess and record population levels, disease severity and/or damage.
Assist with data collection in already-established experimental management study plots throughout the State of California. When need arises, assist with establishment of new study plots.
Properly packaging and labeling samples; recording GPS locations of samples and other environmental information on data sheet.
Determine plot design and determine method and application of chemical treatments. May install irrigation and fertigation equipment, maintain plots.
Coordinate field activities with researchers and co-workers. Function:Field Research Percent: 45
Duty 2: Analyze data and summarize results from fuels and management plots and assist with placing the analysis in a meaningful ecological context. Enter data from sheets into necessary computer applications such as Excel or ArcGIS. The candidate will be expected to collect, process, and manage data from the experiments. The candidate will be expected to complete lab calculations.
Conduct the appropriate statistical analysis and produce summary statistics, tables, maps and graphs. Function:Data Analysis Percent: 30
Duty 3: Collect and analyze data for writing up results for direct use in journal articles. Prepare drafts for journal article. Analyze data and summarize results in a meaningful context.
Write reports based on data collection.
Provide information to faculty for indirect use in journals and papers and respond to faculty inquiries. Assist the project leader in collecting background literature for new projects.
Present data in appropriate written and graphic formats. Function:Reporting Percent: 20
Duty 6: Using computer resources, design and edit public education materials (e.g., Power point presentations, posters, flyers, brochures). Function:Develop Extension Materials Percent: 5
Job Requirements Degree and or strong education and experience in specific scientific area of focus.
Ability to compile and interpret complex research results.
Ability to transform data appropriately for statistical analysis.
Experience writing reports on data analysis and for publication materials. Required
Knowledge of data collection and ability to input data into appropriate computer software.
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