The position of Associate Specialist is 100% time for employment starting November 1st, 2020 - October 31, 2022. With a possibility of extension depending on funding.
The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90% EFFORT)
Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving microbial safety of foods. Work to improve the safety of California's food supply by developing and/or improving scale appropriate processing and preservation technologies that are effective at control, removal or inactivation of pathogens and spoilage microorganisms in food; developing strategies to reduce, control or prevent cross contamination during processing, packaging, transportation and /or storage of foods. Areas of emphasis may include any of the following: microbial ecology, food processing or preservation technologies, pathogen detection, quantitative risk assessment. Plan, organize, and participate in programs designed to educate clientele including growers, processors, health professionals and regulators about proper food production, processing, distribution, retailing, and handling procedures that reduce microbiological food safety risks. Develop extension programs including print and electronic materials that address technical and regulatory policy in food safety for growers, cottage food processors and food entrepreneurs and small andmedium-sized food processors. Evaluation of performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following: 1) Publications that acknowledge the Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work. 2) Publications on which the Specialist is an author. 3) Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Specialist contributed to publishable research. 4) Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through informal instruction, presentations, or other means stemming from the Specialist's research accomplishments. 5) Other evidence of recognized expertise may include formal documentation of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities, first authorship on publications/patents, presentation of research at regional/national meetings, invitations to review grant proposals and/or journal articles, invitations to participate in research projects, and/or service on advisory panels.
B. Serve as a research coordinator for Produce Safety Technical Assistance Program and Small Processor Food Safety Program projects conducted by PI in the department, as resources permit. Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual research groups, data management and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the requesting individual(s).
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5% EFFORT)
A. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. B. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
A. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise. B. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.