College of Sciences / School of Earth Environmental and Marine Sciences
Scope of Job
Under limited supervision and with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment, performs advanced research and outreach work by coordinating the development, implementation, and monitoring of UTRGV’s USDA-funded Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities project, a 4-year interdisciplinary initiative involving the co-location of solar power and agriculture (“agrivoltaics”). Responsible for leading a multifaceted team in initiatives related to recruitment and training of small-scale producers, as well as planning, collection, analysis, interpretation, and publication of technical and scientific data. Responsible for all phases of the program, including program deliverables, program promotion, staff supervision, planning, innovation, reporting to funding agencies, and publication of scientific findings.
Description of Duties
- Coordinates, plans, develops, conducts, monitors, and analyzes research projects to include interpreting results, developing nonstandard tests, recommending technology-based solutions, or determining computational strategies; formulates and monitors long-range research objectives, programs, and priorities; reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the impact of legislation, regulations, and policies affecting current research.
- Develops and leads outreach strategies aimed at encouraging producers to adopt climate-smart agricultural practices.
- Assists in formulating research objectives and programs and determines the scope and methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated; provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques; works with researchers on the development of experiments and interpretation of results for research and teaching.
- Develops policies and procedures used in conducting and administering research and evaluation activities; develops quality assurance procedures and conducts quality assurance reviews on research projects; develops, improves, or customizes products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods; develops data models and databases; may develop new software applications or customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.
- Writes technical papers/reports and prepares standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests; directs, coordinates, or advises personnel in test procedures.
- Coordinates the collection, compilation, and analyzing of research data to include the use of statistical methods and relational databases to analyze data sets; prepares and provides presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public; communicates research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.
- Ensures adherence to laboratory standards and practices to maximize safety and operational effectiveness; prepares and schedules equipment use during laboratory/research sessions; may diagnose equipment malfunctions, dismantle, and repair equipment; maintains laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoots malfunctions when needed; compiles and analyzes test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
- Trains users on the operation and data management of research equipment.
- Handles all issues relating to laboratory supplies, including ordering materials, maintaining inventory, and proper storage.
- Participates in proposal writing and coordination for external funds for equipment acquisitions; may be a Principle Investigator or Co-Principle Investigator.
- Complies with all State and University policies.
- May be responsible for generating external funds to supplement/sustain a percentage of salary.
- Other duties may be assigned.
Specific supervision from assigned supervisor.
May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.
Ph.D. in a field related to environmental science
To be appointed as assistant research scientist: Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.
To be appointed as associate research scientist: Four (4) years of relevant disciplinary experience, related to the statement of duties and responsibilities. Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.
Skilled in conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research and in using computers, software, and statistical tools and programs.
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public. May work some evenings and/or weekends. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and communicate effectively.
Commensurate with Experience
Commensurate with Experience
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Grant Funded Position
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