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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Life and Environmental Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open January 31st, 2020 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


There is 1 post-doctoral position available in the Berhe Lab within UC Merced's Life and Environmental Sciences Department. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

The postdoc will work on a project investigating deep soil organic matter dynamics. Responsibilities will include leading all the field and laboratory work related to the project (including traveling to multiple research sites across the US, wet chemistry, dry combustion/elemental and isotopic analyses, spectroscopy, and a range of soil analyses approaches ) and also leading the data analyses and manuscript preparation for all items related to the project.

The minimum qualifications required for this position is a Ph.D. in Life and Environmental Sciences or a related field.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in studies of deep soil organic matter dynamics, and application of spectroscopic and microbial approaches in soil science; and candidates who possess good oral and written communication skills.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 3 references, 4) a contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

*The contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found here.

Review of applications will begin on 2/15/2020; this search will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 6/30/2020.

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 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 Asmeret Berhe at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)