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Postdoctoral Scholar - Ecological Economics of Multi-Functional Solar Parks

Position overview

Salary range: Full-time position
The [posted UC salary scales] set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar- Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $[64,480]-$[77,327]. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: October 3, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023 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, Dec 1, 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

Prof. Rebecca R. Hernandez (, Prof. Sarah M. Jordaan (, and the multi-sector, global UC Wild Solar Team of the Wild Energy Center ( at the University of California Davis invite applications for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholar position to conduct ecological economic assessments of different types of PV projects, including costs and benefits (relative to conventional PV project types), to support California state- and local PV approval processes, industry needs, and decision-making. In addition to a supportive academic mentoring team, each UC Wild Solar Postdoctoral Scholar will be matched with at least one non-university end-user ‘Champion Mentor’.
The postdoctoral scholar will build on lesson’s learned from previously published data while incorporating novel developments based on the applicant’s creativity and scholarship. For all assessments, the postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for leveraging interdisciplinary methods to calculate, map, and scale economic, ecological, and agricultural benefits (and costs) across the state of California (following methods from previous Project Team studies).

Interdisciplinary methods may include:
• environmental economics;
• ecosystem service assessment;
• energy science;
• knowledge co-production (; and/or,
• energy modeling.

The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for identifying relevant financial, logistical, zoning/permitting, and other legal barriers to their implementation, and identify cost reduction opportunities. Lastly, the postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for using results from the assessments to lead the development of peer-reviewed journal articles as well as industry spreadsheet tools and guidance to allow developers/operators to evaluate costs and benefits of implementing specific biodiversity-friendly mitigation strategies, as well as identifying approaches to reduce biodiversity-friendly mitigation costs.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in Ecology, Economics, Energy Science, Sustainability Science, Environmental Economics, Geography, Earth System Science, or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Research experience in one or more of the following: environmental economics, ecosystem service assessment, energy science, knowledge co-production and/or participatory action research, and energy modeling;
• Experience and skill with organization, time management, data management, oral and written communication, and the publication of scientific journal articles;
• Proficiency in written and spoken English; and,
• Commitment to staying in the role for the entire two-year duration of the UC Wild Solar Project.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

(1) A well-crafted, single-page cover letter summarizing their research and career interests tying to their reason for applying for this job;
(2) A curriculum vitae with a final sub-section listing contact information for three academic or professional references; and,
(3) All applications (e-mailed as a single PDF file) should be addressed and emailed to Professor Rebecca R. Hernandez .

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA