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Postdoctoral Scholar - Sierra Nevada Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales and will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 2, 2021
Position duration: This is a one-year appointments with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs, and satisfactory performance.

Application Window

Open date: April 15th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 31, 2021 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.

Position description

The Labor and Automation in California (LACA) team, directed by Professor Thomas Harmon, is looking for a self-motivated, creative, energetic, and highly qualified postdoctoral scholar to work on convergent research and community engagement at the nexus of technology development, sustainable agriculture, and agri-food system labor.


Basic qualifications

    Applicants must hold a PhD in engineering or environmental systems with demonstrated interests in agricultural development. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. The successful candidates will have previous training and established track record in soil moisture, carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, geospatial analysis of vegetation and land use, and engagement with stakeholders in developing and implementing surveys and collaborating on participatory research.

Preferred qualifications

    Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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

Merced, CA