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Post-Doctoral Scholar- Life and Environmental Sciences

Position overview

Position title: Post-Doctoral Scholar
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: As early as September 1, 2022
Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: July 1st, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Oct 14, 2022 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

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in the Blois Lab in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of California, Merced. The successful candidate will work on an NSF-funded project and conduct research in the area of Quaternary vertebrate assemblage age modeling and modeling biodiversity across millennial time scales. Specifically, the candidate will (1) locate new data (new sites, new dates) to integrated into the Neotoma Paleoecology Database using a combination of approaches (traditional and data mining searches for new data, integration of data from other databases); (2) revise vertebrate chronologies in Neotoma; (3) analyze the vertebrate faunal data; and (4) collaborate closely with the project team to guide other simulation and modeling projects.

This position is part of a larger project in collaboration with Dr. Marta Jarzyna at The Ohio State University. The overall goal of the project is to elucidate spatial and temporal non-stationarity of processes structuring communities. The project will leverage the fossil record of small mammals across the late Quaternary, simulations and species distribution modeling techniques, and trait datasets for small mammals.

For more information please contact: Dr. Jessica Blois,

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in paleoecology, ecology, earth sciences, or closely related fields. Candidates must have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as an established record of high productivity.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with experience in radiocarbon dating and age modeling for Quaternary vertebrate fossil assemblages are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience or interest in modeling biodiversity across millennial time scales and trait-based ecology are a plus.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please address how your expertise meets the position requirements and desired qualifications.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 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 (

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Job location

Merced, CA