Postdoctoral scholars will be responsible for designing and carrying out field and laboratory experiments and simulations related to the goals of a new NSF Biology Integration Institute (BII) – INstitute for Symbiotic Interactions, Teaching and Education in the face of a changing climate (INSITE). Postdoctoral scholars will conduct work related to at least one of the three research themes, focused on exploring the short term, long-term and future impacts of global climate change across symbiotic systems. Postdoctoral scholars will have expertise in at least one of three sub-fields:

(1) ecophysiology of either animal or microbial populations, (2) experimental biology with experience in population genomics and molecular biology, and (3) mathematical biology and/or informatics. Preferred candidates will also have experience with handling either marine and terrestrial invertebrates in the field and laboratory settings, and experience or a strong interest in conducting experiments and/or simulations that manipulate climate conditions that are predicted to impact all life on Earth.

In addition to these responsibilities, the postdoctoral scholar will also be required to work on a research plan with their interdisciplinary team, as well as practice grant writing, prepare manuscripts, present their work at international and/or national conferences, collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students, help train new scholars in the institute, and complete an individual development plan with the director and the research team leaders to guide them in their work.

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

Ph.D. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Mathematics, Computational Biology/Sciences, Conservation Ecology, Ecology/Evolution, or Genetics.

Additional qualifications

Familiarity with microbial symbiosis and/or mathematical biology.

Preferred qualifications

Additional postdoctoral experience desired but not necessary for the position.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

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,

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Position title: Post Doctoral Scholar

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

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: October 1, 2022

Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: September 16, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 1, 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.

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