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Postdoctoral Scholar in Energy Life Cycle Assessment

Recruitment Period

Open May 31st, 2019 through Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Geospatial Energy Resources and Life Cycle Assessment (GERLCA) Lab at the University of California, Merced seeks applications for a postdoctoral researcher in geographic energy life cycle assessment. The candidate will be responsible for research with Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier on a variety of life cycle assessment projects across renewable energy systems, bioenergy systems, mining for energy metals, and climate change mitigation strategies, and involving geospatial modeling of life cycle climate change impacts. This postdoctoral position will involve both performing new research and participation in ongoing research projects under the supervision of Dr. Fortier.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be expected to: perform original research collaboratively and independently; attend and participate in research group meetings; assist with the completion of ongoing projects with coauthorship credit; assist with mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; participate in grant proposal writing efforts; publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals; present research at one to two conferences annually; and maintain and build knowledge of the current scientific literature. This is a full-time appointment with the expectation that the Postdoctoral Scholar will be present on campus to work on research related efforts for the GERLA lab a minimum of half their working hours; the remaining working hours towards this research effort may be off-campus. Upon offer/hire, the successful Postdoctoral Scholar may submit a request for an appropriate work schedule that Dr. Fortier will review and approve based on the needs of the lab and current projects.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in an engineering, sustainability, or energy-related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Previous experience with life cycle assessment, GIS, and sustainable energy systems research is required. The successful candidate will have previous training and evidence of building a publication record in life cycle assessment. Experience in coding in Python or R, data science and data visualization approaches, statistics, machine learning, and/or interdisciplinary collaboration is preferred but not required.

Interested candidates are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three references with affiliations, relationship to the applicant, and email address; this will be submitted through AP Recruit system.

Salary is negotiated based on the University of California postdoctoral salary scale. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2019. The start date is negotiable and anticipated to be during summer or fall 2019. The initial appointment period is one year, and the position is renewable for reappointment given their is available funding and upon satisfactory performance during the first year.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Please contact Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier at with any questions.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is strongly committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is well equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California and nationwide. The campus has a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and surrounding area. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)