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Postdoctoral Scholar in Agricultural, Environmental, and Applied Economics

Recruitment Period

Open February 18th, 2020 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


A Postdoctoral Scholar position is immediately available to work in a collaborative research project on the role of biochar in reducing greenhouse fluxes from dairy operations. The successful candidate will conduct regional techno-economic analysis and econometric modeling in order to quantify the impacts of biochar production and greenhouse gas mitigation on the California economy, and specifically within California’s Central Valley.

In addition to having a demonstrated track record of working with quantitative economic methods, prospective candidates should have experience working on agricultural, biomass processing, and environmental projects, preferably in settings where there has been cross-disciplinary collaboration with environmental scientists and engineers.

The postdoc hired for this position will be expected to work independently and in collaborative teams, develop novel research ideas, deliver presentations, and write research papers in a timely manner. In addition, the postdoc will be able to mentor graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on relevant projects as needed.

Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in agricultural, environmental or related engineering, or applied economics, or have successfully defended their dissertation and be in the final stage of revisions. The ideal candidate will also have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in agricultural or environmental sciences, or engineering. The preferred candidate will be highly motivated and have experience working with at least one of the following topics: regional economic development, nutrient management, greenhouse gas mitigation.

Applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) two writing samples, 4) a list of three references with contact information including phone number and e-mail address using the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2020. The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month appointment. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

For more information, please contact Dr. Catherine Keske at or Dr. Gerardo Diaz at for additional information.

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 (


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Writing Sample #1

  • Writing Sample #2

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)