Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension



The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a statewide program with local delivery, is seeking a full time Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension (50%) and Assistant in the Agricultural Experiment Station (50%) in the area of preharvest microbial food safety for the growing segment of California farmers that retail directly to their local public through farmer's markets and related venues such as community supported agriculture. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with colleagues in the School, across the University, and within the network of Cooperative Extension who work on the health of herds and flocks, food safety, manure management, and the agricultural production environment.


SALARY:               Dependent on qualifications and experience


QUALIFICATIONS:   A PhD or equivalent degree in microbiology, epidemiology, or

food science is required.  DVM or equivalent preferred. The successful candidate will have expertise or training in diagnostic microbiology of food safety pathogens, small-scale animal production agriculture, and a demonstrated ability or potential to develop intervention strategies that reduce the dissemination of microbial pathogens in the preharvest production environment. A research record emphasizing microbiology of foods of animal origin, given the higher microbial threats associated with commodities such locally processed meats, eggs, milk, and cheese, is essential. A record of acquisition of extramural funding or the potential to do so is required.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere are required.  Evidence of or potential for leadership and initiative is required.  Evidence of or potential for extending applied research and conducting outreach education is require.


RESPONSIBILITIES:           Outreach:  Responsibilities include:  1) build food

safety capacity  in collaboration with the network of UCCE Advisors and Specialists, farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture, and other direct marketing systems, along with addressing the needs for home and community gardeners; 2) develop and extend science-based information on how to minimize the introduction and dissemination of microbial pathogens within the preharvest small farm environment; 3) interact with producers, ranchers, and growers, allied professionals and agricultural organizations, regulatory agencies, and academic clientele such as UCCE Advisors and AES faculty; and 4) participation in the graduate academic programs (MS and PhD) of the campus.


Research:  The development of a creative, and productive research program performed independently and collaborative with UCCE Advisors, with funding from extramural sources is a fundamental and indispensable requirement of the position, including publication of results in peer-reviewed professional and scientific journals and appropriate UCCE outlets.  In order to complement the Department’s existing strengths in microbial genomics and metabolomics, epidemiology and environmental health, and livestock/poultry population health, the successful candidate will identify key sources of microbial pathogens and modes of transmission into the agricultural production environment, identify critical control points to reduce the occurrence of microbial pathogens in food animals and their products, and develop good agricultural practices that minimize the pathogen contamination of raw product prior to harvest. This individual will provide leadership in directing research projects of professional and graduate students.

 Service:  University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and other appropriate means is required.

 APPLICATION PROCESS:   To receive fullest consideration, applications must be

submitted by September 30, 2013; position open until filled.  To begin the application process, interested applicants should register online at and submit the following materials: 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses of four professional references.

 The University of California, Davis and the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.  The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
University of California Cooperative Extension
Deadline to apply: 
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 4:00am
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