The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
I. RESEARCH (85% effort)
Research activity (70%) The Project Scientist is expected to design and execute laboratory and field-based experiments to investigate the management of canker-causing fungal pathogens such as members of the Botryosphaeriaceae, Ceratocystis destructans, Cytospora spp., and Eutypa in California grown almond, grapevine, and sweet cherry. These pathogens cause significant disease in California orchards and vineyards resulting in the intense need to use chemical control measures. The Project Scientist is expected to study these diseases and develop biocontrol management strategies to control canker diseases in these important crops. Studies will include in vitro as well as field testing of different potential biocontrol agents (BCA). The Project Scientist will evaluate the efficacy of BCAs first under controlled laboratory conditions via in vitro antagonism assays to evaluate inhibition of pathogen colonization of host tissues. BCAs that demonstrate positive in vitro results will be tested under field conditions via pruning wound protection assays in almond and sweet cherry orchards and in vineyards. The Project Scientist will evaluate the efficacy of the field trials and suggest BCA field spray programs that mitigate canker diseases. Other responsibilities include independent and collaborative research as determined with the PI that will include other researchers, farm advisors, pest control advisers, and representatives from fruit and nut crop industries.
Publication (10%) The Project Scientist will publish research results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals to promote the science of plant pathology either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.
Grant Acquisition (5%) The Project Scientist will assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The Project Scientist will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The Project Scientist will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (15% effort) The Project Scientist will participate in professional societies, conferences, and workshops to present research results performed at the University of California. The Project Scientist will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate and will serve as a co-advisor of graduate students in relation to topics related to plant pathology and control of canker diseases.
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