One post-doctoral position is available at the Biometeorology and Environmental Dynamics Labs at the University of California Davis. We are seeking a highly motivated scholar to work on an interdisciplinary project focusing on CO2 and water fluxes in a mixed-conifer-redwoods forest in Northern California. We have an experimental setup that includes two tall eddy-covariance flux towers over early- and mid-seral redwoods stands, along with additional ecosystem measurement instrumentation. The potential candidate will also investigate the exciting challenges of understanding and quantifying net flux contributions due sub canopy fluxes and scalar advection over complex, sloping terrains. In addition, the project PIs have numerous other projects where valuable new science on mountain forest canopy flows can be also developed related to measured water and carbon fluxes. Experience with eddy-covariance methods is required; a strong quantitative background is preferred, as well as understanding biometeorology principles and complex terrain meteorology.
This position is based jointly in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Land, Air, and Water Resources (LAWR) at the University of California, Davis. The candidate will be co-advised by Dr. Holly Oldroyd (in CEE), Dr. Kosana Suvočarev (in LAWR), and Dr. Kyaw Tha Paw U (in LAWR). The project is also a collaborative endeavor with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at LBNL, as well as with scholars and personnel from various California state agencies. Within the overarching project goals, the candidate will also have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting that will further our understanding of these complex ecosystems, for example, expanding our understanding of turbulent transport physics over complex terrain or developing surface exchange and advection models. Mentorship will focus on helping the candidate to meet their
professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.
1. Basic qualifications:
a. Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ecology, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Hydrology, or other related natural science field by start date (Fall 2024)
b. Knowledge of eddy-covariance measurements and flux interpretation
2. Preferred qualifications (preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
• Familiarity with Ecosystem fluxes/biometeorology
• Demonstrated experience with field instrumentation, e.g., data logger programming, calibrating gas analyzers, setting up eddy-covariance and other sensors, etc.
• Demonstrated experience with troubleshooting equipment and problem-solving in field sites
• Experience with research and development of eddy-covariance correction schemes
• Experience working outdoors
• Experience working at significant heights above ground (necessary personal protective equipment and training will be)
• Familiarity with redwood forest ecosystems and/or the climate of the Northern California Coastal Mountains
• Experience with land-atmosphere exchange models
• Experience with turbulence modeling and model development
• Experience with turbulence time-series analysis
• Other quantitative expertise, such as in applied statistics or machine learning.
Salary Range: Full-time position
The [posted UC salary scales] https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/2023-24-academic-salary-scales.html set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $[64,000]-$[77,000]. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.
1. Document requirements
a. Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
b. Cover Letter
c. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) – Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines regarding writing a DEI tatement and why one is requested.
2. Reference requirements: 3 required (contact information only)