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Post-Doctoral Scholar- Life And Environmental Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open June 5th, 2020 through Monday, Nov 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


This position is to lead comparative population genomic analyses of multiple coastal marine species with the goal of understanding the historical dynamics (e.g. demography) and sources of geographic structure within and among species and the communities of which they are a part. We wish to understand associations between species, similar and dissimilar drivers, and the implications of the modern distribution of genomic variation for conservation in a changing seascape. The principal duties are: - verification, improvement, annotation, curation, description and visualization of a dozen reference quality genome assemblies - verification and curation of ~120 re-sequenced genomes per species - comparison and synthesis of population genomic data - lead- and co-author manuscripts - lead- and co-author oral and poster presentations - assist in preparation of grant proposals and reports - participate in lab management and meetings - help educate, supervise, and train graduate and undergraduate students. Other potential activities include: - participate in fieldwork - participate in lab work - other tasks as required to accomplish the preceding duties.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 2 referees, 4) 2 examples of publications, 5) a 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 here

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: DiscHarassAffirmAction 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 Professor Michael Dawson at

Job location

Merced, California


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Referees - List of 2 referees

  • Example Publication One

  • Example Publication Two

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