Employment Opportunities

Research Administrator

  • Apply By Date: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

Department Description

Under the Direction of the CAO, and reporting to an Admin Supervisor II, with a high degree of independence, the Analyst III will be assigned to large complex grant proposals from pre to post award, high-level fiscal management. The main assignment will include supporting the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, a five-year award for $10 million, a multi-disciplinary center, one of 11 agricultural health and safety centers in the U.S. established by the CDC and NIOSH. This position will assist in the renewal of the large center grant, which has had a 30-year history. Working closely with the Admin Supervisor II, the assigned unit program manager, this position will provide analysis, information and budget projections and recommended options; including staffing, outreach, equipment, travel and other administrative expenses. This position will support the renewal proposal submission via Cayuse SP/424 and eRA Commons, as well as other large proposals as assigned.

Job Summary

The UC Davis Institute of the Environment oversees a portfolio of approximately $34M in revenue sources, multiple centers and programs, and approximately 155 employees. Under the direction of the IE Business Manager, this position will be responsible for providing research administration support to the UC Davis Institute of the Environment and its centers, programs, and large initiatives.

Independently provide high-level proposal support for all the Institute’s faculty and researchers, serving as the primary contact between the PIs and the Sponsored Programs Proposal team. Manage comprehensive complex proposal development and submission in support of the Institute’s research portfolio of approximately $27 million in proposals annually. Independently serve as liaison between sponsored rograms, sponsoring agencies, collaborating academic departments and institutions, administrators, and academic researchers within the Institute at all levels to ensure the proper administration of federal, state, and private funded contracts and grants. Ensure compliance with sponsor and University Policy and Procedures for all intramural and extramural funding on behalf of the Institute.

Minimum Qualifications

Additional Minimum License/Certification:

  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or ability to successfully obtain within a 12-month time period from date of appointment.

Minimum Education/Experience:           

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with report writing and grant preparation.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferable in a university environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective grant funding processes, procedures, and techniques.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate, both in person and in writing with the ability to maintain a customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas.
  • Organizational skills to independently determine workload priorities and set timetables to meet deadlines, goals, and objectives.

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Ecological Remote Sensing Scientist Postdoctoral Scholar

  • Open date: July 27, 2022
  • Next review date: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
  • Final date: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). 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.


Dr. Susan Ustin’s lab in the Institute of the Environment at University of California Davis is seeking an ecologist or environmental scientist with expertise in remote sensing to conduct innovative research at the frontier of using remote sensing and geospatial data science to study ecological function and feedbacks.

This position will lead research in collaboration with a large interdisciplinary team to advance our understanding of aquatic ecosystem change and develop new techniques for assessing ecosystems and predicting future change. The postdoctoral scholar will:

  • Investigate how drought, climate change, and management actions have contributed to regional plant community changes, including distribution and biomass of native and invasive aquatic macrophytes in the hub of California’s water system.
  • Lead research to identify the biological/ecological processes that lead to or cause changes in ecosystem function, such as temporal or spatial changes in functional traits of aquatic macrophytes and mechanisms underlying a regime shift.
  • Leverage a 20-year record of high spatial resolution hyperspectral remote sensing data and accompanying field data and other data sources such as water quality sensor networks, monitoring from management and restoration programs, and hydrology, weather and climate data.
  • Develop predictive models for how aquatic macrophytes will respond to future drought conditions and management actions.
  • Work collaboratively with a dynamic team of researchers from the University of California Davis, the University of California Merced, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Geological Survey.

Basic qualifications

  • Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, or related disciplines
  • Motivation and ability to conduct leading edge research, learn new skills, and collaborate across disciplines and institutions
  • Expertise in spatial data analysis (GIS, remote sensing) and management of large datasets and databases
  • Experience with or knowledge of statistical methods for time series analysis and/or modeling
  • Track record of scholarly publications and oral communications
  • Strong programming background (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, GDAL, SQL, Java, IDL)
  • Proficient with GIS and image processing software applications
  • Capability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Excitement and ability to work effectively in a diverse team and research environment

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with hyperspectral image processing
  • Ability to perform complex geoprocessing and manipulate large datasets using personally developed and other scripts
  • Experience with machine learning and statistical modeling
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and develop structured analyses in written and visual form
  • Field work experience in aquatic/marine ecosystems including the use of small boats

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

View the full position description: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05117

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Remote Sensing Algorithm Research Postdoctoral Scholar

  • Open date: Sept. 21, 2022
  • Next review date: Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
  • Final date: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). 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.


Dr. Susan Ustin’s Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at UC Davis is known for nearly 30 years as one of strongest environmental remote sensing groups in the United States, with a decade-long expertise in developing, prototyping, and operating automated satellite data processing algorithms and systems to support ecosystem and fire management and science (http://www.cstarsd3s.ucdavis.edu/).

CSTARS faculty and staff scientists come from all over the world and variety of disciplines, including GIS, Computer Science, Applied Math, Geography, Botany, Ecology, Soil, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. We foster flexible, empowering, inclusive, and enjoyable work environment and constantly strive to make best available science better.

We are looking for a highly motivated and organized Postdoctoral Scientist (potentially more than one position) with excellent quantitative, computer programming, and communication skills who will develop explainable cutting-edge methods and reproducible GIS datasets to more fully characterize the 50+ year history of ecosystem change in California, using dense time series of Landsat 4-9. The new developments are expected to be coupled or integrated with the existing capabilities of the Ecosystem Disturbance and Recovery Tracker (eDaRT) — a highly automated satellite image processing and analysis system currently operated by the US Forest Service — and deployed at scale to improve water resource assessment and land management in California and potentially US-wide. The Postdoc is expected to be able to work independently on complex assignments with assistance from team members while following general guidance from PI’s and science/engineering principles.

This position under a high-stakes project funded by the State of California will involve close collaboration with senior scientists and software engineers at CSTARS on the eDaRT team, UC Davis hydrologists, and our federal and state agency partners and sponsors, providing excellent opportunities for rapid professional growth, career development, and a future leadership potential.

View the full position description: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05251

Help contact: nbmorrill@ucdavis.edu

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