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Junior, Step I-II/Assistant Specialist, Step I-III - Soil Ecology - Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 16th, 2019
Last review date: January 30th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 22nd, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Junior, Step I - II/Assistant Specialist, Step I – III – Soil Ecology Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management

The Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for a highly motivated Junior/Assistant Specialist to conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Bowles. We seek a Junior/Assistant Specialist to provide technical support for an interdisciplinary, NSF-funded project examining how farm diversification affects soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the factors that influence farmers’ adoption of diversification practices. The project will be based in the central coast of California and will require frequent travel to the region. The Junior/Assistant Specialist will be based in the Bowles Agroecology/Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab. The successful candidate will be part of a team of researchers based in ESPM and at UC Davis, including co-PIs Claire Kremen, Alastair Iles, Daniel Karp, and Carl Boettiger. In addition to research, this position will offer opportunities for frequent interactions with stakeholders (e.g. lettuce growers), professional development, and project management.

Primary Responsibilities:
¥ conduct research examining impact of soil health-building agricultural practices on soil microbial communities and soil carbon and nitrogen cycling processes
¥ process and analyze samples from field sampling in laboratory
¥ process and analyze data from on-farm biophysical surveys
¥ develop and apply methods for mapping land use around field sites
¥ organize field sampling campaigns
¥ develop and maintain project databases
¥ assist in preparing grant reports
¥ assist in organizing and facilitating project team meetings
¥ provide oversight of undergraduate research interns

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent international degree at the time of application

¥ Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent international degree in ecology, soil science, natural resources, or similar
¥ Two or more years of experience with field and lab research related to soil ecology, microbial ecology, soil biogeochemistry
¥ Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, the ability to think critically and innovatively
¥ Knowledge of and experience with Geographic Information System (GIS)
¥ Demonstrated statistical analysis skills
¥ Experience with data management systems and project management
¥ Experience contributing to scientific publications

This position reports to Dr. Timothy Bowles. The initial appointment is 100% for one (1) year with the expectation of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The anticipated start date of this position will be early 2019.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The anticipated salary range is $39,500 to 42,100 (Steps I to II) for the Junior Specialist title and $49,700 to
$51,800 (Steps I to III) for the Assistant Specialist title. Generous benefits are included


Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience, research interests and career goals, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Timothy Bowles,

For more information on the Specialist series, please see programs/_files/apm/apm-330.pdf

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - a current CV

  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter highlighting past research experience, research interests and career goals

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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