Jobs and Internships at ASI

Positions available at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and its affiliated programs are posted on this page.  UC Davis positions can be found at

Staff and Academic Positions


UCD Grad Student Research Position in almond processing and distribution



The candidate will contribute to research under the project entitled “A Baseline Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Almond Processing and Distribution”.  The candidate will be a graduate student in good standing at UC Davis (exceptional candidates who have recently graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will also be considered for appointment as a Junior Specialist).



The researcher will be a key contributor to a project funded by the Almond Board of California to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) of almond processing and transport.  LCA is a method that quantifies environmental impacts “from cradle to grave.”  This project will build on previous research that has characterized the life cycle air emissions and energy use from orchard cultivation through hulling and shelling operations. 



The preferred applicant will have knowledge of some or all of the following: (1) spatial modelling of transportation systems (GIS, transport network analysis, etc.) to support modeling of domestic and international shipping of almonds, (2) spreadsheet-based modeling and analysis, and (3) food processing facilities/technologies/practices. Other desired qualifications include experience or knowledge of survey development, knowledge of energy systems and transportation fuels and their emissions, and life cycle assessment or carbon/energy footprinting.



The position is expected to support a GSR for 3 quarters at 50% (or a Junior Specialist at 100%).  If a student is hired who does not have knowledge of LCA, the student will be expected to enroll in ECI244 – Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Engineering in the fall of 2014.


How To Apply: 

Send a current CV, a cover letter summarizing your interest in this position and your most relevant background and skills, and 2 references who will be contacted if you are interviewed for the position.  Please send to Dr. Alissa Kendall, at, and cc Dr. Sonja Brodt (, with the subject line “Application for Almond Processing and Distribution Position.”


Application review will begin Sept. 1 and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received after Sept 1 will be considered if the position is not yet filled.


Wells Fargo Water Irrigation Post-doctoral Fellow


We seek a post-doctoral fellow in the area of irrigation dynamics and water use monitoring. The goal of this research, funded by Wells Fargo, is to improve irrigation management practices at Russell Ranch through adequate design and operation of field irrigation systems (surface and micro-irrigation) as well as  installation of multi-user electro-mechanic hydro-valves (Hydropass), water meters, water-front advance sensors, soil moisture sensors and other water-status monitoring devices for improving and automating irrigation water delivery, as well as for systematic data gathering, analysis and record-keeping that are functional to pre-season irrigation planning, in-season scheduling and post-season performance evaluations. The post-doctoral fellow will also be responsible for: conducting outreach of project rationale and achievements through targeted meetings with growers and water-related agencies, workshops and websites, project-reporting and proposal writing to continue the Wells Fargo Water and Irrigation Initiative and peer-review publication writing on research findings and extension/outreach outcomes. The initial appointment is for one year, full-time, with additional year(s) contingent upon funding and mutual agreement. The position includes health insurance and other benefits. 

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

The candidate must have a PhD in Hydrology, Soil Science, Irrigation Science, Irrigation Engineering, Water Resources, Agronomy or a related field, with a preference for research experience in irrigation science and engineering, and soil moisture monitoring and management. Candidates are desired to have knowledge of agricultural systems, irrigation dynamics (e.g., pressurized delivery networks, and different field irrigation methods) irrigation performance analysis, modeling and evaluation, and water monitoring (e.g., automatic, semi-automatic irrigation scheduling systems) and the ability to design solutions enabling irrigation monitoring. A pro-active communicator is desired, as well as strong writing abilities, outreach skills and experience with statistical analysis. 

How To Apply:
Interested individuals should send a CV, graduate transcripts, date of availability, and the contact information of three references to Daniele Zaccaria ( by August 31st. More information on the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is at


Student Positions

We have no positions available at this time.

Student Internships

Interested in our Internship Program? Please visit the Student Farm Internship page and the Russell Ranch Internship page for more information about on-campus internships with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service's internship page is a good resource to search for and find off-campus internships.