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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. Anticipated starting level is Step 0 .
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 8/1/2023
Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: May 16, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, May 30, 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: Sunday, Dec 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 Roger Bales Lab at UC Merced is looking for a self-motivated and highly qualified post-doctoral researcher to work on a collaborative, multi-benefit project aimed at scaling up climate solutions in California. The candidate is expected to undertake spatial modeling and analysis to built and natural infrastructure, including solar over open water canals and related investments. The work will involve using GIS-based software and other analysis tools. The individual should be driven and have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research. The candidate is expected to:

  1. Compile, merge, and analyze spatial and point data
  2. Produce produce maps and conceptual designs of solutions
  3. Carry out economic valuation analysis using developed protocols
  4. Prepare peer-reviewed publications
  5. Present outcomes in various workshops and conferences

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

Applicants must have obtained a doctoral degree in a relevant environmental science, engineering, or social science area. Experience with relevant research, interdisciplinary projects needed. Knowledge of GIS and spatial analysis is required as well as strong written and verbal English communication skills.

Preferred qualifications

Some familiarity with water resources and/or ecosystem services.

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