Open Positions

Interested in working on the team? Take a look at our current openings:

1. Postdoctoral Scholar – Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced

The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced (http://snri.ucmerced.edu) is seeking a self-motivated and qualified postdoctoral researcher to work on a collaborative, multi-benefit ecosystem valuation project aimed at enhancing carbon storage in California’s natural lands.

The candidate is expected to undertake analysis to estimate the supply and value of ecosystem services, using GIS-based and/or statistical software and modeling platforms such as STATA, R, ArcGIS, and InVEST. The individual should be self-motivated and have demonstrated the ability to conduct collaborative scientific research. Familiarity with real-options valuation and with various ecosystem-service valuation methods, including non-market valuation and decision analysis, is expected. As part of a multi-campus team, the postdoctoral researcher will participate in workshops and research activities that support the Innovation Center for Advancing Ecosystem Climate Solutions.

The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) work independently with guidance from the principal investigator and collaborators; to, (2) develop and implement research plans; (3) conduct environmental scans and reviews of the literature in forest resource management and carbon storage, economic valuation, and ecosystem services; (4) access and be adept in analyzing large-scale ecosystem and economic datasets; (5) apply econometric analyses and decision modeling; and, (5) prepare reports and progress updates for a variety of audiences (e.g., academic publications, knowledge translation, communication to decision-makers).

Required qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Economics or closely related field. Ph.D. must be conferred by the start date of the position.
• Experience with econometric and decision-modeling software.
• Strong written and oral English communication skills.
• Experience implementing real-options methods.
• Familiarity with non-market valuation and ecosystem-service research.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with climate-change research and interdisciplinary projects is highly desired.

• Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct collaborative scientific research, economic valuation, and ecosystem-service.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This appointment is full-time with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately; position is open until filled with a final closing date of February 5, 2020.

For more information, and to apply, please view the full job posting here: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF00915

 

2. Postdoctoral Researcher – Department of Earth System Science, UC Irvine

The Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine is looking for a self-motivated and qualified post-doctoral researcher to work on a collaborative, multi-benefit valuation project aimed at enhancing carbon storage in California’s natural lands. The candidate is expected to undertake spatial modeling and dynamic analysis to estimate the supply and value of ecosystem services, using GIS-based and statistical software and modeling platforms such as ArcGIS, R and InVEST. The individual should be self-motivated and have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research. Familiarity with various ecosystem-service valuation methods and land-use planning techniques is expected. As part of a multi-campus team, the post doctoral researcher will participate in workshops and research activities that support the Innovation Center for Advancing Ecosystem Climate Solutions The candidate is expected to:

  1. Conduct reviews of the literature in forest resource management and carbon storage, economic valuation, and ecosystem services
  2. Produce maps of ecosystem services in the study area in California
  3. Carry out economic valuation analysis for various ecosystem services with market value and non-market values
  4. Map beneficiaries of ecosystem services at different scales
  5. Prepare peer reviewed publications.
  6. Present outcomes of research in various stakeholder workshops and conferences

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a Ph.D or equivalent in Economics , Environmental Economics , Ecology, Environmental Science or a related field. Qualified candidates must have obtained their PhD degree prior to beginning employment.

Experience with relevant forest-management research, interdisciplinary projects, and ecosystem-service research is highly desired. Experience implementing real-options methodology will be an added advantage. Applicants must either have obtained a doctoral degree in Economics, environmental economics, Ecology, Environmental science or a related field. Advanced knowledge of GIS and spatial analysis is expected as well as strong written and verbal English communication skills.

The position is based in Irvine, CA and will commence immediately once the candidate has been identified, and it will continue for 12 months, with potential for a one-year renewable contract.

The Earth System Science Department at UC Irvine is a highly interdisciplinary environment comprising ~ 25 faculty with expertise across many components of the Earth System, including atmospheric and climate dynamics, land surface processes, terrestrial and marine biogeochemical cycles, ice sheets, and human systems.

For more information, and to apply, please view the full job posting here: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF05906

 

3. Assistant Specialist – Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced

The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced (http://snri.ucmerced.edu) is seeking a Stakeholder Engagement Specialist (Specialist Series) to help develop a bi-directorial stakeholder engagement and communication process for co-producing and advancing ecosystem climate solutions.

This position is part of a newly created Innovation Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions (https://california-ecosystem-climate.solutions/) and will work collaboratively with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. The Center is based at UC Irvine and includes faculty and academics from UC Merced, UC Davis, UC ANR, UC Berkeley, Stanford and San Diego State. The Center’s mission is to develop geospatial tools to assess, understand and manage ecosystems for climate resilience, fire hazard, carbon sequestration, water supply and wildlife habitat. The engagement specialist will help develop a stakeholder network, organize and facilitate stakeholder workshops, assist with scheduling and conducting interviews, transcribing, sharing project results and reporting, and develop an online presence to communicate findings. The specialist will lead efforts to synthesize existing information into whitepapers that describe policy issues surrounding healthy forests and extension publications focusing on management practices ( e.g. thinning, grazing, prescribed fire) that promote stable carbon stocks, healthy forests, water sustainability and reduced wildfire risk. The specialist will serve as a second point of contact for the project’s undergraduate intern program. These students will be working in labs and participating in science communication activities. The specialist will provide oversight and work to promote a degree of cohesiveness to the program through regular communication with the students. This is a full-time position located at UC Merced with the possibility of regular travel (~2-3 trips per month).

Qualifications:
• A Master’s degree in a relevant field; or a Bachelor’s degree plus 2 or more years of relevant work experience.
• Knowledge of western US sustainability issues, wildland and/or natural resources management.
• Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
• Energy and enthusiasm to contribute to a large project.
• Ability and willingness to produce science based scholarly products.
• Experience with emerging scientific communication strategies such as social media, blogs, short video and web-based.
• Project management and stakeholder engagement experience.
• Experience coordinating and facilitating logistics for meetings, workshops, or other events.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This appointment is full-time with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately; position is open until filled with a final closing date of April 6, 2020.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a short research statement and 4) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

For more information, and to apply, please view the full job posting here: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF00970