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Postdoctoral Scholar in Soil Ecology, Knowledge Co-Production, and Sustainability Science (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis)

Application Window

Open date: June 10, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 24, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 2, 2023 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.

Position description

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at University of California, Davis
PI: Rebecca Hernandez
Dept of LAWR, Global Ecology & Sustainability Lab
https://www.geslab.org/

The Global Ecology and Sustainability Lab, in the Dept. of LAWR at UC Davis is seeking an ambitious and creative postdoctoral scholar to study the interface between ground-mounted solar energy development and soils. This project seeks to understand how soils respond to ground-mounted solar energy infrastructure and how restoration activities may serve as a driver of changes in soil carbon across solar energy-related microsites. Additionally, the scholar will have the opportunity to examine the impact of ecological restoration and co-production (e.g., with community stakeholders and tribes) on aligning climate change mitigation and conservation goals.

It is expected that the postdoc will lead a minimum of two high-impact peer reviewed scientific articles per year with the supervision of Dr. Hernandez and collaborators. In addition, it is expected that the postdoc will supervise an appropriate number of undergraduate student assistants who will be working on this same project.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Prof. Rebecca R. Hernandez, who will provide mentoring to prepare the postdoctoral scholar for a research career. This position will be partly supported by a grant from the Electric Power Research Institute. Additional mentors include Co-PIs and Professors: Majdi Abou Najm and Rebecca Lybrand.


RESPONSIBILITIES

• Develop experiments and testable hypotheses to better understand interactions among solar energy site characteristics, soil carbon and physiochemical properties, including soil crevices that serve as important habitat features for California tiger salamander
• Develop complementary experiment and/or study on knowledge co-production, indigenous science, and/or traditional ecological knowledge
• Collect and analyze observations to test hypotheses
• Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance, and ordering of supplies as needed
• Present results at meetings, conferences, and seminars
• Publish results in reports and high-quality, peer-reviewed journals (participate in grant writing opportunities, if desired)


QUALIFICATIONS

Basic/Minimum qualifications:
• Completed a doctoral degree in soil ecology, soil science, soil biogeochemistry, or a related field
• It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by the time of the appointment
• Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method
• Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication

Preferred qualifications:
• A strong background in at least one of the following areas: soil carbon and/or soil ecology;
• A strong background in field-based soil methods and data analysis;
• Experience with research emphasizing indigenous science, traditional ecological knowledge, and/or co-production is also preferred.

We will also consider seriously any outstanding candidate from other fields with rigorous training in ecology, if strongly motivated to study soil carbon and/or soil ecology.


UC Davis is nestled in a top-rated college town, with good access to SF Bay Area, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. The University of California offers competitive retirement and benefit plans and has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


CONTACT
For further information about the position, email any questions to Dr. Rebecca Hernandez (rrhernandez@ucdavis.edu) with "Postdoctoral research position at UC Davis" in the subject line.

The positions will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of 09/01/2022 .

Department: https://lawr.ucdavis.edu/
Lab: https://www.geslab.org

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Completed a doctoral degree in soil ecology, soil science, soil biogeochemistry, or a related field
It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by the time of the appointment

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method
• Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication

Preferred qualifications

• A strong background in at least one of the following areas: soil carbon and/or soil ecology;
• A strong background in field-based soil methods and data analysis;
• Experience with research emphasizing indigenous science, traditional ecological knowledge, and/or co-production is also preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - explaining why you are interested in this position and what makes you a good candidate for it.

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04994

Help contact: jcagonzalez@ucdavis.edu

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Job location

Davis, CA