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GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYS PROGR 3 (Drone Pilot & Engineer) - 9271

Company: University of California - Davis
Location: Davis
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Job Description:

Department Description

Nansen lab (http://chrnansen.wixsite.com/nansen2/research).

Job Summary

The incumbent will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team devoted to development and promotion of optical sensing (detection and diagnostics) of biotic stressors in crop plants and to use of drones to deliver natural enemies in infested crops. Responsible for the design, management and implementation of Unmanned Aerial System used to acquire hyperspectral imaging data from experimental plants and commercial crop plants under different biotic stress regimes. Plan missions and prepare, operate, and troubleshoot drones during missions. Work with lab staff to define UAS data collection needs. Research new and innovative UAS technologies and apply technologies to research as appropriate. Analysis UAS collected data for use in research projects.


Salary Range

$4,533.33 - $9,100.00/MO.

No. of Positions


Appointment Type


Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


UC Davis

Union Representation


Benefits Eligible


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Walk, crouch, stoop, and bend to conduct field and greenhouse work.

Stand and sit for extended periods of time.

Lift up to 35 lbs.

Be able to participate in field work.


Work with and around hazardous chemicals, including flammables, corrosives, and other potential hazards.

Work with pesticides according to safety instructions and guidelines.

Work in field and greenhouse settings for extended periods of time, in potentially hot, cold, rainy, or windy weather conditions.

Occasional overnight trips to conduct field work.

Wear appropriate PPE when conducting potentially hazardous tasks.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.



-Bachelor's degree in GIS/Remote sensing or in related area, or equivalent experience/training.

-Practical/commercial experience as a fully certified drone pilot.

-Experience with agricultural applications of remote sensing.

-Proven knowledge of statistical analyses/classification of remote sensing data to resolve a variety of analysis and research issues.

-Proven ability to work on statistical analyses/classification assignments and demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining accurate and meaningful solutions.


Proven industry contact network and ability to recruit and facilitate collaboration with industry partners.

Ability to collaborate with industry partners and other stakeholders, identify data needs and assist with questions or problems regarding use of UAS applications.

Ability to effectively communicate with direct supervisor and team members is of major importance.

Ability to lead and out-delegate is of major importance.

Experience with data management and presentation to commercial and academic stakeholders.

Familiarity with statistical data analyses.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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