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Postdoc - Fish Ecology and Life History Diversity

Position overview

Salary range: 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 13, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jan 5, 2024 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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

The postdoc will have a strong background in fish ecology and an understanding of stream hydrology of groundwater dominated and precipitation derived rivers. The candidate will be responsible for sampling native fishes and analyzing otoliths to assess growth and incubation timing (among other factors) in numerous rivers across California and elsewhere. The candidate will conduct statistical analyses to relate environmental covariates to fish response variables (e.g., growth). A primary goal of the project will be to understand how selection pressures differ between ecosystems and result in differences in key life history traits of native salmonids between river types (runoff, spring-fed, etc.). Previous work with otoliths is a plus, but not required. The candidate will prepare at least one peer-reviewed publication and will also have opportunities to explore independent lines of research inquiry. The candidate will be based at the Center for Watershed Sciences and Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis.

PhD in ecology, fish biology, conservation ecology, or related field.

1) expertise in fish ecology and/or hydrology
2) strong communication and organizational skills
3) have experience with ecological data analysis and modeling, especially in R programming language
4) exceptional data management skills and interest in transparent and reproducible science
4) a strong publication record or the potential for developing one.

Commensurate on experience with a minimum salary of $64,480.00.
benefits included for 12 months duration appointment at full time of 100%.

Create an Application ID

one‐page cover letter,
Curriculum Vitae
Names and contact information of at least two references familiar with your work.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in ecology, fish biology, conservation ecology, or related field.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

1) Expertise in fish ecology and/or hydrology
2) Strong communication and organizational skills
3) have experience with ecological data analysis and modeling, especially in R programming language
4) exceptional data management skills

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (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
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, Ca