Assistant Professor of Digital Agriculture

University of California, Davis
Davis, California
Nov 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018
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Assistant Professor of Digital Agriculture

Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis 


Title: Assistant Professor of Digital Agriculture. The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting a tenure-track faculty position in Digital Agriculture with an emphasis on the study, development, application, and teaching of digital approaches in agricultural production or ecological research that utilize novel sensing and modeling technologies to enhance understanding of plant systems. The person appointed will join a dynamic department, routinely ranked #1, globally and where significant investment is occurring in the area of digital agriculture alongside the ‘smart farm’ UC Davis Big Ideas initiative across the campus. There is an outstanding opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in various areas in Plant Sciences, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Land Air and Water Resources and with expert groups on campus such as in spatial mapping.


This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (



The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in digital agriculture to address critical or emerging scientific questions and/or applied issues in agriculture and ecology. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, which will include a new upper division undergraduate class devoted to advanced (digital) production technologies in agriculture. This class will complement existing classes in crop production (e.g., PLS110: Crop management systems for vegetable production; PLS112: Forage crop production; etc.). At the graduate level, the appointee can contribute to several courses in plant breeding, international agricultural development, ecology, and plant biology. The typical teaching expectation is two courses per year (quarter system). Participation in departmental and university service is expected.



Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plant science, physiology, informatics, genetics/genomics, ecology, biological/agricultural engineering or a related field. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research. Candidates with a willingness to build relationships with relevant State of California and federal agencies, farmers, land and resource managers, plant breeding companies, and other stakeholders are desired.



Commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Application materials must be submitted via the following website The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 1, 2019.


Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to the position 7) statement of contributions to diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Paul Gepts ( or department chair, Gail Taylor (

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. Applicants with disabilities can contact University of California, Davis, Accessibility Services with questions at