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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Life and Environmental Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open June 21st, 2019 through Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The McTavish lab is recruiting a postdoc to work on the NSF funded Open Tree of Life Project. Open Tree constructs a comprehensive, dynamic and digitally-available tree of life by synthesizing published phylogenetic trees along with taxonomic data. The focus of the postdoc position is on large scale phylogenetic updating and integrating date estimates into Open Tree. There will be the opportunity to develop individual research focus within the context of the project. Up to two and half years of support are available, and start date is flexible.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) two references.

Review of applications will begin on 8/1/2019; position is filled with a final closing date of 9/30/2019.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

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

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is 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 provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

For more information, please contact Emily Jane McTavish at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)