Postdoctoral scholar position with Sierra Nevada Research Institute

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Monday, September 10, 2018 - 11:30 to Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:30

Postdoctoral Scholar - Sierra Nevada Research Institute


Open September 10th, 2018 through October 10th, 2018


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at University of California Merced seeks applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar research position in measurement and modeling management effects on Sierra Nevada ecohydrology. Sierra Nevada forests provide more than 60% of California's developed water supply. However, forest conditions in the area are unhealthy and at risk of uncharacteristic, high-severity wildfire due to past management, fire suppression, frequent droughts, warmer temperatures, and a rapidly expanding bark beetle infestation resulting in millions of dead trees. This project aims to advance the pace and scale of forest restoration through credible science and verification tool. A successful candidate will develop a detailed forest-water nexus measurement and simulation model in the American River Basin, near Lake Tahoe. The main goal of the project is to assess the effects of various forest restoration treatments (e.g. control fire, mechanical thinning, mastication) on snowpack evolution, soil moisture, transpiration, streamflow, and tree growth using both measurement and modeling. This position will involve assembling and processing historical remote sensing and forest inventory (e.g. FIA) data to both test and validate numerical models. This position will be located at the UC Merced campus; however, the successful candidate will work closely with other project partners from the Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, American River Conservancy, and other state and federal agencies. The scholar will meet with stakeholders and water managers, prepare manuscripts and reports based on the research. Some travel and fieldwork in remote locations may be necessary.

Required qualifications: 
Ph.D. in hydrology, ecohydrology, natural resources management, water resources engineering or closely related field. Ph.D. must be conferred by the start date of the position. The candidate must have hydrologic and/or ecosystem modeling experience related to forest-water nexus as well as ability to write and understand code- preferably in C++ and Fortran. Experience with fieldwork in remote conditions is also required.

Additional qualifications:
Ability to work independently with guidance from principal investigator and collaborators. Excellent written communication skills; good organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a team environment and interact with a broad range of colleagues. Experience with backcounty travel to include hiking in the snow or rough terrain.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three to five agreed references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of October 5, 2018. Starting dates are negotiable with the appointment duration of up to three years (renewed annually subject to performance and continued funding).

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.


Merced, CA


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements

  • 3-8 required (contact information only)

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