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Postdoctoral Scholar - Sierra Nevada Research Institute

Recruitment Period

Open August 16th, 2019 through Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced ( is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar who will be responsible for research pertaining to forest and water-resources drought resilience to management and disturbance, identifying the relative vulnerability of Sierra Nevada’s forest to drought stress. The candidate will analyze the historical estimate of the annual water and carbon balances gridded across the Sierra Nevada, measured streamflow at available locations will be used as a check on water and carbon balance. Also, the analysis of estimates of minimum subsurface seasonal water storage; based on water, carbon balance, and climate data. The research will also consist of the effects of wildfires, prescribed fires and forest treatments across the landscape, based on available maps, as well as the effects of tree mortality on evapotranspiration during the recent drought, using LiDAR data and available aerial-survey data.

Required qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences or closely related field. Ph.D. must be conferred by the start date of the position.
• Excellent written communication skills, problem-solving, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work independently with guidance from the principal investigator and collaborators.
• Technical skills to include data analysis and field sampling.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with LiDAR and aerial-survey data.
• Back-county travel skills to include hiking in the snow or rough terrain.

Salary will be based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time appointment with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately; position is open until filled with a final closing date of September 15, 2019.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three to five agreed references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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 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 Dr. Roger Bales at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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