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Postdoctoral Scholar in Public Political Ecology

Recruitment Period

Open June 12th, 2020 through Sunday, Jul 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Public Political Ecology Lab (PPEL) directed by Dr. Tracey Osborne seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented, creative, enthusiastic and highly qualified postdoctoral scholar to support various projects of the Lab. Political ecology is a field and approach for addressing the politics and political economy of environmental change from a systems and social justice perspective. The PPEL is dedicated to the theory, pedagogy and practice of engaged scholarship in political ecology.

The postdoctoral scholar will be involved in several projects associated with PPEL which include building public political ecology across the UC network, and supporting research in innovative and collaborative projects of engaged scholarship. These projects include, but are not limited to, Indigenous-led climate change mitigation particularly in the Amazon, and the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, a collaborative project of climate justice.

The postdoctoral scholar is expected to support all aspects of the Lab, which will include conducting desk-based and field research, serving as a liaison between partners, supporting the coordination of the projects, and collaborating on the writing of grant proposals, research articles and reports. The postdoctoral scholar will also be expected to assist with mentoring graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project, and to be in charge of properly maintaining websites and social media. International and domestic travel to project sites and partner offices may be required.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in Geography, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Studies, or a related social science or interdisciplinary field, by the start date of the appointment. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish are desired. We seek a highly self-motivated individual with demonstrated ability to conduct research successfully and to work well independently and collaboratively.

The candidate should have demonstrable experience in at least two, preferably more, of the following areas: 1) political ecology; 2) climate change mitigation in forests; 3) Indigenous rights, knowledge governance and land use practices; 4) digital storytelling 5) GIS and remote sensing.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) writing sample, and 4) a list of two references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

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. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled with a final closing date of July 12, 2020. The start date is negotiable.

Please contact Tracey Osborne 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 (

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)