Assistant/Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Plant Pathology University of California at Davis, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences United States

Assistant/Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Plant Pathology


  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - PLANT PATHOLOGY



Open date: March 13th, 2017
Last review date: June 1st, 2017

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: December 31st, 2017

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.





The Department of Plant Pathology, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant or Associate rank, situated at UC Davis campus. Cooperative Extension Specialists have many of the same career opportunities and rights and privileges as faculty in the professorial ranks but do not have classroom teaching responsibilities, freeing them to do extension education and applied research with partners throughout California. The mission of the Department of Plant Pathology is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge on plant diseases. A Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be applied toward management of diseases of grapevines, strawberries, caneberries, and tree fruits, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various stakeholders (e.g., farm advisors, growers, state agencies) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to the UC Davis campus and to county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of plant diseases. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty.


Responsibilities: This is a full time, career-track appointment with the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Plant Pathology and ANR. The focus of this position will be on diseases of grapevines, strawberries, caneberries, and tree fruits. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in applied plant pathology. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledge partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.


Extension Teaching: A person in this position is expected to provide leadership as a liaison between campus-based researchers, CE campus and county based academics, and clientele and colleague groups such as growers, county advisors, pest control advisors and other agricultural industry professionals. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics.


Applied Research: The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied research related to grapevine, strawberry, caneberry, and tree fruit pathology in collaboration with campus faculty, CE academics and other researchers; 2) conduct, and publish the results of applied research or other creative activities designed to resolve disease problems; and 3) emphasize environmentally sound, integrated approaches to disease management. Specific areas of research may include, but are not restricted to: plant disease diagnostics; fungal, bacterial or viral pathogen biology; reduction of fungicide use through forecasting based on disease epidemiology; identification and management of fungicide resistant pathogens; use of biological controls and cultural practices for disease reduction; and development of integrated pest management programs that contribute to sustainability of grapes, strawberries, caneberries, and other tree fruits.


Professional Competence and Activity: The candidate will be expected to participate in professional society activities including presenting papers at national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scientists and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal would be to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions to the science and practices of plant pathology, as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system. Mentoring of graduate students, participation in and development of outreach programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected.


Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or other closely related discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable but is not required. The successful candidate must have a record that documents productivity in research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Salary: Commensurate with experience.


Appointment Date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or soon after September 1, 2017.


Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Neil McRoberts, Search Committee Chair, voice (530) 752-3248 and email


Applicants should submit: A curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a statement of research and extension interests and goals, a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation; copies or links to recent relevant publications, and a statement of contribution to diversity. Also, the candidate should arrange for 3 reference letters to be uploaded to the recruit website. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by June 1, 2017.


UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.


UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.


UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.


The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.


UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.



Davis, CA





  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including your list of publications.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - A statement of research and extension interests and goals

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • Ph.D. dissertation - A summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation

  • Recent relevant publication #1

  • Recent relevant publication #2 (Optional)

  • Recent relevant publication #3 (Optional)



3-5 letters of reference required



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