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Postdoctoral Scholar - Sierra Nevada Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: See Table 23 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000.00 annually at 100% appointment
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: August 2023
Position duration: 2-year

Application Window

Open date: May 2, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 2, 2023 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: Thursday, Aug 31, 2023 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 Cobian-Iñiguez laboratory ( at UC Merced is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position focused on transdisciplinary research in wildland and wildland-urban-interface fire. The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to the development of collaborative public science communication strategies with a focus on addressing gaps in bilingual fire science communications. They will conduct integrated basic and applied fire science research in the Cobian-Iñiguez laboratory at UC Merced. Research tasks may include laboratory scale fire behavior experiments and/or applications of machine learning to fire data. The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to the development of a science distribution network with key Spanish-speaking stakeholder groups on both sides of the US Mexico border. They will contribute to the development of bilingual content for the California Fire Science Consortium website. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to assist with and oversee undergraduate and graduate students, contribute to the preparation of grant proposals and, publish in peer reviewed journals.

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

• A PhD in engineering, environmental science, fire science, geography, or a related field.
• Prior experience with wildfire and/or wildland-urban-interface fire research.
• Experience publishing peer reviewed articles and presenting at technical conferences.
• Fully bilingual In Spanish and English

Preferred qualifications

• Track record of leading and managing engineering and/or scientific teams.
• Proficient in geo-processing software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS)
• Advanced experience in Python and/or R programming language
• Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
• Advanced experience with experimental methods, modeling and/or data science in fire behavior or a related field.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required
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Campus 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 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA