The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
This position requires significant and creative contributions to research in the economic analysis of impacts of agricultural and food issues and regulations. The appointee possesses expertise, experience, and the ability in econometrics, simulation modeling and the development of experimental evidence. The appointee will also be involved in activities that improve his or her professional competency. The appointee will contribute to research on topics such as agricultural policy, economics of pests and diseases, economics of agricultural technology adoption, especially in the context of California and U.S. agricultural in the context of global markets. The appointee will work closely with other economists and with agricultural scientists and researchers of other disciplines.