Postdoctoral scholar in ocean chemistry, ecological change and coastal communities (Job #JPF04296)

Application Window

Open date: 28 July 2021

Next review date: Wednesday,18 Aug 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 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

Postdoctoral Scholar in Ocean Chemistry, Ecological Change and Coastal Communities

A postdoctoral research scholar position is available at the University of California at Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory. The position is suitable for remote or in person work at Bodega Marine Laboratory.

The successful candidate will work on a project that integrates oceanographic data with ecological data-syntheses on species-specific responses to the synergistic effects of ocean acidification, oxygenation, and temperature change. The work connects to ongoing research on the vulnerability of human communities in California and Oregon to these same threats. This is part of an interdisciplinary set of projects with PIs at UC Davis (Hill, Gaylord, Sanford), UC Santa Cruz (Kroeker), Oregon State University (Spalding, Wolters), San Diego State University (Levine) and the California Ocean Science Trust (Whiteman, Teneva).

Specifically, the postdoctoral scholar would have leadership opportunities in projects relating to:
● Integration of oceanographic data with a synthesis of ecological vulnerability thresholds: developing interpretations and products that aim to understand the impacts of oceanographic change on key US West Coast species
● Connecting these findings to research on the adaptive capacity of the aquaculture industry and other marine resource dependent coastal communities, including downscaling oceanographic and ecological data to specific communities
● Public engagement, including collaborations with community partners, workshops with managers and decision makers, and opportunities to further develop science communication and community engagement practices
● Mentoring of graduate students and undergraduate students in related projects

Successful candidates will benefit from a dynamic and highly collaborative environment and the opportunity to interact with the extended scientific community at UC Davis, which ranks among the top 10 public research universities in the US. The UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab research team would serve as the primary mentors for this postdoctoral position and aim to provide a postdoctoral experience that launches the candidate into their next career step. We seek a scholar who will enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team that considers impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems across multiple spatial and temporal scales. The postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged to present their research at scientific conferences as well as lead author and coauthor work derived from these projects.

Additional information on the Bodega Marine Laboratory research team can be found here: Additional information on the primary project the postdoctoral scholar would be able to work on is here:
While the position will be based at Bodega Marine Laboratory, it can be completed remotely with minimal travel (1-2 weeks/year) to California for team meetings. There are no fieldwork requirements for this position.

A PhD in a relevant field (marine science, oceanography, geosciences, biological sciences, or similar) is required. Candidates must be within the first 5 years of their Ph.D. degree date, based upon UC Davis policy.
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in:
● large oceanographic datasets and ocean biogeochemistry
● oceanographic and ecological modeling, spatial interpolation techniques, statistical tools, and/or GIS.
● programming in R and data management in GitHub
● publication of scientific results, and a publication record appropriate for career stage

How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter with a brief description of thesis research, a Curriculum Vitae, a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion and contact information for three references. For suggestions on writing a statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please see
Application material should be submitted via the online application system at:

UCDavis, 28 July 2021. More information.

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