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Postdoctoral Scholar in Rice Sustainability (Linquist Lab)

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: January 12, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 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: Saturday, Jan 11, 2025 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 lab lead by Dr. Linquist focuses on the sustainable intensification of rice systems. Particular areas of emphasis include fertility management, nutrient cycling, cropping systems, water use/quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. No-till (NT) rice systems have the advantages of conserving water, allowing for early planting, and reducing tillage costs; however, these systems have not been evaluated in California, which produces 20% of US rice. Dr. Linquist's lab has been studying these systems for the past year, and given the encouraging results, we plan to continue in this line of research. Based on last year’s research, yields are comparable to conventional systems. Dr. Linquist currently has a PhD student studying the basic agronomy and fertility management in these systems. This post-doc position will focus on quantifying water use and GHG emissions from these systems. The position will be based at the University of California, Davis campus. Research will be conducted both at the Rice Experiment Station (located about 1.5 hours to the north) and on-farm. The post-doc will work under supervision of Dr. Bruce Linquist. Specific responsibilities will be to quantify water use and GHG emissions in NT systems compared to conventional systems in field settings. The selected candidate will be responsible for setting up and managing field trials toward this goal. This will require a lot of time in the field and the candidate must be able to work under conditions which are often hot and muddy. He/she will be expected to design experiments, conduct field and laboratory measurements, work with a gas chromatograph (GC), prepare/complete project reports, publish peer-reviewed research papers and extension articles, give presentations at scientific meetings, grower field days and grower meetings. The selected candidate may also supervise field and lab technicians and undergraduate student and be expected to work as part of a team.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A. Ph.D. in Agronomy, Soil Science, Environmental Studies, or closely related area at time of appointment
B. Field research experience
C. Demonstrated knowledge of water use and GHG emissions in agricultural systems
D. Be able to function and conduct research independently
E. Be able to drive and work in harsh conditions

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

F. Experience in quantifying water use and GHG emissions from agricultural systems
G. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
H. Strong data analysis skills and publication record

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA 95616