Graduate Student Assistantship in the Safe Ag Lab

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Work in the Safe Ag Lab at UC Davis

The University of California, Davis is seeking a graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) student to research in the Safe Ag Lab. The primary project focus will be on the agricultural vehicle tracking and rollover detection device.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a B.S. or higher degree in Agricultural Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related fields; should have strong written and oral English skills; will be willing to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students to conduct lab research and the desire for fieldwork. Additional highly desirable qualifications that applicants can address in the statement of purpose include strong organizational skills, ability, and self-motivation to work independently while accomplishing high-quality tasks in a timely fashion. The other desirable technical qualifications include: 


Application/Software Design Patterns, MVC Architecture, Concurrency and Closures, Protocol Oriented Programming, REST/HTTP Architecture, Experience with API integration, Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, Database design and management, Core Apple Libraries (CoreBluetooth, CoreLocation, MapKit, UIKit), 3rd Party Libraries (Alamofire, OAuthSwift, Firebase), Embedded software development, Object-oriented design, Concurrent/parallel programming, Familiarity with object-relational mapping (ORM), Cloud Architecture (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure), Sensor fusion algorithm development, Familiarity with circuit diagrams.

Programming Languages

Python 3, C++, Swift, NodeJS, TypeScript (JavaScript), and SQL

Hardware communication protocols

Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C), and Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitter (UART)


Git (or another version control application like SVN, CVS, or Mercurial), SQLite3, Linux, SSH, Real-time operating system (RTOS) experience would be a plus, MacOS and Xcode

Opportunities for outreach, and travel to professional meetings will be available.

Application Details

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. Applicants may have the opportunity to undertake spring and summer hourly employment prior to Fall 2021-quarter enrollment.

Please contact Dr. Farzaneh Khorsandi ( if interested in this opportunity.

Applicants will need to prepare a statement of purpose, C.V., transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS, and GRE scores, diversity statement, and contact information for three references that will be a part of their online application. Information about acceptance into the graduate studies at the University of California, Davis can be found at

About UC Davis

The University of California Davis is a public research university and land-grant university as well as one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system, with enrollment of over 37,400. UC Davis is ranked first in the Nation and second in the World for Agriculture and Forestry.

Davis, California is a city west of Sacramento, in California. It's home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, which has a collection of antique bikes and trophies. To the southwest, the UC Davis Arboretum features acres of gardens, with trails and a lake. Locally grown produce is sold at the Davis Farmers Market.

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