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Lori Summa and David Awwiller Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geosciences

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: March 21, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 15, 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: Tuesday, Dec 31, 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 Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis invites applications for the Lori Summa and David Awwiller Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geosciences. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) provides a world-class, stimulating intellectual and educational environment that prioritizes people. As a community we are committed to conducting cutting-edge research in Earth and Planetary Sciences to address challenging scientific and societal problems. We seek a postdoctoral scholar who has excellent research ideas and skills to conduct a creative, impactful, and collaborative research project with the mentorship of an EPS faculty member. Research areas targeted for this application cycle include (potential mentors in parentheses): cosmochemistry and isotope geochemistry (Yin), multidisciplinary geology/geodynamics project focused on dynamics of forearc deformation in Northern California (Oskin/Billen), geospatial analysis of flood risk and other climate-driven hazards in California with a focus on research, planning, and policy applications (Pinter), time scales and rates of subvolcanic magmatic processes (Cooper), and aqueous isotope geochemistry (Atekwana). Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential mentors well in advance of the application deadline to discuss project ideas and resources available to support the proposed project. The successful applicant will also have $2,000 available to them to support research activities and/or conference travel.

This is a full-time position with salary based on experience (see UC Davis salary tables) and includes benefits. This is a two-year appointment. There may be opportunities for teaching at UC Davis depending on the interests of the applicant. Postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis are supported by the Postdoctoral Scholars Association, which provides professional development and career support, as well as a variety of other professional development programs. They are also represented by the Postdoctoral Scholar Bargaining Unit.
We aim to provide the most accessible experience possible to support a postdoctoral scholar who will thrive in this position.

A PhD in geoscience or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Candidates must be within the first 5 years of their PhD completion date, based on UC Davis policy.

Applicants should submit a cover letter with a brief description of their PhD research and qualifications for the proposed project, a statement of the proposed postdoctoral project (statement limited to 3 pages including figures; references can be in additional pages), a Curriculum Vitae, and three references, including one reference from the proposed postdoctoral mentor at UC Davis. Application materials should be submitted via the online application system at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD in geoscience or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Candidates must be within the first 5 years of their PhD completion date, based on UC Davis policy.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Brief description of PhD research and qualifications for the proposed project

  • Statement of Proposed Postdoctoral project - Proposal text and figures should total no more than 3 pages; references can be in additional pages

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

One reference must be from the proposed postdoctoral mentor at UC Davis mentioned in the position description.

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Job location

Davis, CA