Postdoc: Biofuels and bio-products from agricultural feed stocks


A three-year post-doctoral or project scientist position is available in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences beginning in February. It will focus on the identification of best management practices, yield potential and the agro-ecological effects for a variety of annual and perennial biomass crops including oilseeds, sweet sorghum, and sugar cane. The scientist will help manage a multi-year grant, coordinate the work of several scientists and agronomic staff, consolidate and analyze data from a range of experiments in diverse locations throughout the state, and model yield and resource use for the crops investigated. The scientist will participate with a research team developing economic and ecological assessments for the crops investigated.
The scientist will participate in and create field experiments and demonstration trials with a group of participating scientists and technicians, coordinate data collection and develop and supervise the project’s data base, create mandated reports for the funding agency, and technical reports and peer-review publications based on research outcomes. Qualifications include a PhD in agronomy or a related discipline.
The scientist should have demonstrated experience with agronomic research, instrumentation for the measurement of crop physiological parameters, and familiarity with plot and farm-scale equipment. Statistical and simulation modeling is part of the project, so training, experience and demonstrated capability with these skills is desirable. Salary and benefits: $45 to 58$K per year plus benefits, depending on the successful candidate’s level of qualifications and experience.
Please direct inquiries and send a letter of interest, an explanation of background, transcripts and four references to:
Dr. Stephen Kaffka,
Director, California Biomass Collaborative,
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of California,
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8790.

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