Biological and Agricultural Engineering

FACULTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant Professor of Crop Sensing and Automation

Assistant Professor of Crop Sensing and Automation
Departments of Viticulture and Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering
University of California, Davis

The Departments of Viticulture and Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis are recruiting an Assistant Professor of Crop Sensing and Automation in Vineyard Systems with a preferred emphasis in sensor development, robotics, biological and agricultural engineering, viticulture, plant science, or a related field. This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement 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.
Responsibilities: The Departments of Viticulture and Enology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering are seeking applicants that focus on vineyard sensing and mechanization. The appointee will be expected to develop a research program focused on developing sensors for key viticultural variables such as yield, plant water status and disease state, along with integrating these sensors with data management (data mining, visualization, and modeling) and mechanization components of precision viticulture. The goal of this position will be to help create novel machines, sensors and systems that are designed to sense, control, instruct and provide spatially accurate and precise solutions for real and near real-time variable rate management challenges. The results of this research will be applied to all types of grapes (wine, table, and raisin), as well as other relevant crops. This position will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with faculty in grapevine physiology, plant-soil water relations, systems biology, and engineering that only exists on this campus. The candidate must be able to deliver undergraduate and graduate level classes relevant to their academic discipline in both departments as well as advise undergraduate students in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The candidate must be willing to serve and direct MS and PhD student committees in Viticulture and Enology, Biological Systems Engineering, and related graduate fields. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with extension educators and partners in allied industries.
Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied plant sciences or related field at time of appointment. No previous experience in viticulture is specifically necessary, as long as the candidate’s experience is relevant to solving current problems related to production of grapes and related crops. 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 in problems related to grape and related crop production.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications: 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 9, 2017.
Materials requested to 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) abstract of dissertation, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments, teaching interests in the relevant curriculum, and teaching philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to vineyard sensing and mechanization in California, 7) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references and 8) Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. S. Kaan Kurtural UC Davis Oakville Henry Jacobs Laboratory 1380 Oakville Grade Road Oakville, CA 94562 USA +1 (707) 944- 0126
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.