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Postdoctoral Scholar: Pollinator Habitat Restoration / Williams Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 18th, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Nov 22, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Postdoctoral Position: Pollinator Habitat Restoration
Neal Williams Lab, University of California, Davis

The Williams lab at UC Davis is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to collaboratively lead a project exploring the design and testing the seed mixes for pollinator habitat. Our lab is part of a national FFAR (Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research) project with University of Minnesota and Penn State exploring the interactive effects of plant diversity and seeding densities on the functioning of seed mixes. The project involves coordinated collaboration with the Cariveau lab (University of Minnesota) and Grozinger lab (Penn State University).

The successful postdoc will join this project and a vibrant research community in ecology, entomology and sustainable agriculture at University of California Davis.

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in plant or other related ecological discipline (those with scheduled defense date prior to start will be considered)
  • Strong experience with biostatistics (using R)
  • Field research experience with plant-insect ecology, and/or plant restoration

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ecological modeling (computational or analytical)
  • Research in ecosystem services
  • Demonstrated publication record
  • Strong interest in applied questions in agro-ecology
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a research team

Primary Activities
The postdoc will coordinate and lead fieldwork at sites near to UC Davis quantifying the effects of different seeding densities and plant diversity on plant establishment, flowering and exclusion of weed species and quantifying wild bee use of different target plant species. The postdoc will be responsible for data management, summary and preparation of reports. The postdoc will lead analysis and writing of original manuscripts, working collaboratively with Neal Williams and other team members at UC Davis and University of Minnesota. Outside of the field season there will be opportunity to work on analysis and synthesis of project related data examining the structure of pollinator-plant communities and develop additional original papers.

Salary and conditions
Full-time salary and benefits included. Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and commensurate with applicant experience.
Start date: Jan 2020 (some flexibility)
The position is for 1.5 years (contingent on satisfactory performance). Potential to continue beyond this period will depend on ability to obtain funding through competitive grants written collaboratively with the Williams lab group.

Applicants should submit their formatted cover letter, CV, a 1 page summary of research interests, 1-3 representative publications, and the names (with email address) of at least two references using the “Apply Now” button below as soon as possible, but latest November 22, 2017 for full consideration. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a brief Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Late applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

For further information, please contact Neal Williams, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • 1-page Statement of Research

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)