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Postdoctoral Scholar - Sierra Nevada Research Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 6th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 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, Jun 30, 2020 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.


The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced ( is seeking a self-motivated and qualified postdoctoral researcher to work on a collaborative, multi-benefit ecosystem valuation project aimed at enhancing carbon storage in California’s natural lands.

The candidate is expected to undertake analysis to estimate the supply and value of ecosystem services, using GIS-based and/or statistical software and modeling platforms such as STATA, R, ArcGIS, and InVEST. The individual should be self-motivated and have demonstrated the ability to conduct collaborative scientific research. Familiarity with real-options valuation and with various ecosystem-service valuation methods, including non-market valuation and decision analysis, is expected. As part of a multi-campus team, the postdoctoral researcher will participate in workshops and research activities that support the Innovation Center for Advancing Ecosystem Climate Solutions.

The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) work independently with guidance from the principal investigator and collaborators; to, (2) develop and implement research plans; (3) conduct environmental scans and reviews of the literature in forest resource management and carbon storage, economic valuation, and ecosystem services; (4) access and be adept in analyzing largescale ecosystem and economic datasets; (5) apply econometric analyses and decision modeling; and, (5) prepare reports and progress updates for a variety of audiences (e.g., academic publications, knowledge translation, communication to decision-makers).

Required qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Economics or closely related field. Ph.D. must be conferred by the start date of the position.
• Experience with econometric and decision-modeling software.
• Strong written and oral English communication skills.
• Experience implementing real-options methods.
• Familiarity with non-market valuation and ecosystem-service research.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with climate-change research and interdisciplinary projects is highly desired.

• Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct collaborative scientific research, economic valuation, and ecosystem-service.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This appointment is full-time 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 June 30, 2020.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a short research statement and 4) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

UC 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 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 Dr. Catherine Keske at and Dr. Roger Bales at

Job location

Merced, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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