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Postdoctoral Scholar / Williams Lab

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The Williams lab at UC Davis is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to collaboratively lead a new project on the ecosystem service benefits and liabilities of pollinator plantings in Northern CA.

The project builds on our past studies quantifying the impact of pollinator habitat restoration on biodiversity and pollination services in working agricultural landscapes. The new research extends exploration to assess the additional benefits and potential liability of such plantings to support key agricultural pests and their natural enemies. The field component of the project is in almond landscapes in Northern CA near to UC Davis, but the study also involves working collaboratively with existing data from other crop systems. The research has primary applied goals associated with sustainable integrated pest management and pollination and also more fundamental investigation of the scaling of biodiversity and ecosystem services and of the dynamics of pollinator communities and their interactions with plants over space and time.

The postdoc will coordinate and lead field work quantifying the effects of pollinator-habitat-plantings on pests, beneficial insects and wild bees across a set of established field sites within almond landscapes. This will include interaction with landowners, growers and regional conservation organizations, as well as data management, summary and preparation of reports. The postdoc will lead analysis and writing of original manuscripts, working collaboratively with Neal Williams and other team members. Outside of the field season, there will be opportunity to work on analysis and synthesis of related data and develop additional original papers. Other related responsibilities as applicable.

The position is for 1.5 years (contingent on satisfactory performance). Potential to continue beyond this period will depend on ability to obtain funding through competitive grants written collaboratively with the Williams lab group.

The successful postdoc will join a vibrant research community in ecology, entomology and sustainable agriculture at University of California Davis.

Required Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in ecology/biology, entomology or related disciplines
• Strong interest in applied ecological questions in agro-ecology
• Strong knowledge and experience with biostatistics (using R)
• Field research experience with plant-insect ecology
• Demonstrated ability to manage a research team
• Demonstrated publication record

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with ecological modeling (computational or analytical)
• Research in ecosystem services working with pollinators and/ or natural enemies

Physical demands: Working in field during warm weather for extended times (California spring and summer), able to lift up to 50lb equivalent from standing position.

Work Environment: Work involves a combination of field, lab and office activities.

Desired start date: November 2017

For additional information about the position, please contact Neal Williams, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis at

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Formatted Cover Letter

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

  • 1-Page Summary of Research Interests

  • 1-3 Representative Publications

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)