University of California, Riverside

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Assistant Specialist in Field-Based Soil, Gas, Dust and Plant Analyses

University of California, Riverside

The Center for Conservation Biology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Specialist, a temporary, part-time (75%) position located at the Riverside campus. The successful candidate will lead and perform field sampling and analysis of soil, dust, and plants for density, nutrients, and microbial communities, including bacteria, archaea, and fungi. In addition, the successful candidate will perform gas flux sampling and analysis of greenhouse gases. The Assistant Specialist will manage undergraduate researchers in field conditions, and train undergraduates and graduate students in laboratory and field techniques. The incumbent will perform lab analysis of dust, soil and gases, as well as laboratory microbial DNA extraction.

Basic qualifications include a Bachelor’s or higher degree, at least three years working in a field setting, including some lab-based work. Must be proficient in working on 1) weather stations and sensor networks, 2) sampling gas, soil, and dust with sterile technique for microbial community and eDNA analyses, 3) soil and dust DNA extraction, and 4) quadrat- or transect-based plant surveys and plant identification. Must be able to use Bartz tubes, a LICOR 6400, as well as experience with other models from Licor, Picarro and Los Gatos, automated and manual mini-rhizotrons, a gas chromatograph, automated and static gas flux chambers, and a range of dataloggers and sensors. Must have experience with wood and metal working, and have built trace gas flux measurement equipment. Candidate must be an author of at least one published paper in a related discipline. Finally, candidate must be willing to work odd hours as necessary for the field work at hand, in difficult, harsh weather conditions, including 110F+ heat and storms, and lift heavy objects.

Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience with designing and building field gas, dust, eDNA, and soil sampling equipment. 

To Apply:  Candidates should provide a cover letter, a CV, a Statement of Contributions to Diversity and contact details for three confidential references. All materials should be submitted through AP Recruit online at:  Review of applications will begin December 17, 2018. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Darrel Jenerette, Professor of Landscape Ecology, Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside: For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Mary Stuart, Academic Personnel at Additional information about the Department of Botany & Plant Sciences can be found at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Advancement through the Specialist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.




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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Center for Conservation Biology
1435 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5494