Job Announcement – CRB Research Associate


Please submit resumes by January 31, 2018 to

JOB TITLE: CRB Research Associate

REPORTS TO: CRB Chief Research Scientist

CLASSIFICATION: Regular – 12 month, exempt, at-will

LOCATION: CRB office, Visalia, CA

WORK HOURS: Typically Monday through Friday; occasional extended hours and weekends, travel subject to operational demands

SUMMARY: The Citrus Research Board Research Associate provides important support to the Chief Research Scientist for a more professional, proficient and complete department. Writing, editorial, project management, communication and business development skills are necessary.

The Citrus Research Program is a grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act as a mechanism for enabling the California citrus growers to sponsor and support needed scientific and technical research to further the goals of the California citrus industry. The program is administered by the Citrus Research Board, which is commonly referred to as the CRB.

• Serve as a key science-oriented administrative assistant to the Chief Research Scientist.
• Serve as a member of the Citrograph editorial team. In this capacity, assist in determining quarterly issue content, article creation, formatting, proofing, editing and determining strategic direction of the publication.
• Under the direction of the Chief Research Scientist, write “white papers”, concept documents and other citrus-related documents.
• Provide staff assistance for the administrative details of the Research Development & Implementation Committee. This involves working with the Chief Research Scientist, President, Committee Chairman, Committee Members and consultants/attorneys.
• Draft meeting notices and agendas in compliance with Bagley-Keene Open Meeting rules. Prepare and submit minutes in a timely, correct and professional manner.
• Provide leadership in the Research Department as directed by the Chief Research Scientist in terms of project management. Details include involvement in establishing research priorities, drafting the Request For Proposals (RFP), and determining the research consideration and award schedule.
• Communicate regularly with researchers, staff and board/committee members. The research associate will receive and review research reports, receive and review research pre-proposals/proposals, communicate impending deadlines to researchers/potential researchers, provide leadership in regularly communicating to the research community the work of the Citrus Research Board through direct communication and through electronic newsletters and website postings.
• Participate as a member of the Research Department in the Researcher Engagement Program as developed and directed by the Chief Research Scientist.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Research Scientist and/or the President.

• Clear, effective written and oral communication.
• Self-starter with pride in the outcome of the final project.
• Ability to serve at the direction of the Chief Research Scientist in writing meeting notices, agendas and meeting minutes.
• Thoroughness and accuracy.
• Knowledge, experience and ability to assist researchers, committee members, staff, professional consultants and others in identifying viable inventions for field testing and commercialization.
• Ethical conduct and the ability to exercise confidentiality.
• Ability to create and organize files.
• Ability to meet deadlines and organizational goals.

B.A. or B.S. in communications or life sciences field is required. Industry experience in science communication, entrepreneurial commercialization, and/or research project management may be substituted. Solid experience and knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, DropBox, Office 365, PowerPoint and Excel is a necessity. Must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency.

• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and clean driving record.
• Occasional out-of-town, multi-day business trips will be necessary.
• Preparing and delivering oral presentations.
• Ability to work both independently and in group settings for problem solving and collaboration.
• Extensive writing, formatting, editing and proofing is a major part of this position.
• Competent use of standard office equipment such as computers, scanners, database management software, telephones and photocopiers.
• Lifting of boxes weighing up to 35 pounds.

The Citrus Research Board is an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status or other characteristic protected by the law.

CRB HLB External Scientific Review – Final Report

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has released the final report of the HLB External Review, conducted at University of California, Davis on August 14-18, 2017. This report is for use in making future research funding decisions, closing research gaps, encouraging closer collaboration and other purposes as identified in the report.


Citrus Research Board Hires New Lab Director

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has announced the recent hiring of Qijun Xiang, Ph.D., as director of the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory in Riverside, California. 

As lab director, Xiang will work to re-establish a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-certified high throughput diagnostic laboratory designation for HLB detection with initial emphasis placed on ACP samples. He will report directly to CRB President Gary Schulz and will supervise laboratory staff responsible for preparing and analyzing insect and plant samples. Xiang’s group will work with CRB staff and other agencies such as the California Department of Food and Agriculture/Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, USDA-APHIS, USDA Agricultural Research Service and county pest control districts on regional diagnostic programs.


CRB Researcher Michelle Cilia Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., California Citrus Research Board (CRB) researcher and research molecular biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture & Health on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Photo Caption: Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., working in her lab with graduate student, Annie Kruse. Annie is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University working on citrus greening research in the Cilia Lab.

CRB Launches E-Newsletter Campaign!

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has launched it’s first edition of their monthly E-Newsletter for December 2016. The E-Newsletter hopes to bring you up-to-date news from the CRB and industry partners. Click on the link below to view the first edition and make sure to subscribe so that the January edition goes directly to your inbox.

Please click HERE for the 2016 December E-Newsletter

HLB External Review – Final Report

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has released the final report of the HLB External Review, conducted at University of California, Davis on September 6-9, 2016. This report is for use in making future research funding decisions, closing research gaps, encouraging closer collaboration and other purposes as identified in the report.

Please click HERE for more info

CRB 2016-2017 Research – Full Proposal Forms Now Available

2016-2017 Full Proposal Forms

Here you will find the 2016-2017 Full Proposal form, Subcontractor Budget form, and RFP Guidelines.
Full Proposal Form is HERE

Subcontractor Budget is HERE

RFP Guidelines is HERE

If you have any comments or question you may email: or call our office at (559)738-0246.

Citrus Research Board hires Gary Schulz as President

The Citrus Research Board (CRB), is proud to announce Gary Schulz as President. Schulz joined the organization on September 14, 2015 to manage the overall affairs of the program and guide strategic direction.

See press release HERE