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Postdoctoral Scholar in Pyrogeography

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Pyrogeography
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Start date is negotiable.
Position duration: This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

Application Window

Open date: April 30th, 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: Wednesday, Jun 30, 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 Pyrogeography Lab under the direction of Dr. Crystal Kolden seeks a qualified postdoctoral scholar to conduct research on modeling fire and forest interactions and management impacts on forest carbon in the southern Sierra Nevada of California. The postdoctoral scholar will be involved with all aspects of the lab, including conducting field work in remote and challenging terrain, conducting analysis utilizing the CLM-FATES earth system model, assisting the PI in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, writing funding proposals, submitting manuscripts for publications, and presenting research findings to both scholarly and stakeholder audiences.


Basic qualifications

    Applicants must have a PhD (conferred) at time of application in Geography, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or equivalent. Applicants must have a minimum of one publication in a refereed journal as lead author.

Additional qualifications

    Only applicants with experience running the Community Land Model (CLM) will be considered. Applicants must be able to legally drive a vehicle in the state of California and conduct field work in remote, rugged terrain.

Preferred qualifications

    Preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience acquiring, processing, and analyzing a range of data types that are used to parameterize and validate earth system models, including new field observations in western conifer forests, UAV/UAS-based remote sensing, spaceborne remotely sensed products, and existing inventory datasets (e.g., AmeriFlux, NEON, and FIA). They will have worked in recently burned forests and have experience with tree physiological measurement methods such as sap flow, photosynthesis, and pre-dawn water potential, as well as general forest stand measurements. Demonstrated experience running the CLM – FATES model to project the long-term impacts of forest management practices (e.g., thinning, wildfire, prescribed burning) under climate change is strongly desired.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Evidence of Publication - Please provide evidence of one publication in a refereed journal as lead author.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Merced, CA