Postdoctoral Scholar in Community-Engaged Compost Climate Solutions

University of California, Merced
November 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:$60,000
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Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary range: See Table 23 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 - $ 71,952.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: no later than January 1, 2024

Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: July 26, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Sep 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 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.

Position description

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available to work on collaborative, community-engaged research on compost as a climate solution. This position is funded by the University of California, Merced Climate Action Research program. The project aims to develop and pilot a Compost Climate Action Plan in San Joaquin Valley of California that achieves greenhouse gas reduction, fosters adaptive agroecosystems, and is centered on social justice. The project consists of community-engaged research, compost-climate curriculum development, and distribution of a regional climate action plan.

The successful candidate will contribute to an interdisciplinary team to co- develop research projects based on local needs assessment. These projects will address relevant knowledge gaps on composting and compost benefits and identify high-priority regions for investment and pollution reduction from industrial-scale composting. The successful candidate will perform laboratory and field research with a goal of determining the potential for composting and compost use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase soil carbon, improve soil water retention, and enhance community resilience.

The postdoc hired for this position will be expected to work independently and in collaborative teams, respectfully engage with community partners, develop novel research ideas, and write research papers in a timely manner. In addition, the postdoc will be able to mentor graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on relevant projects as needed.

The postdoc will be co-mentored by Drs. Rebecca Ryals, Teamrat Ghezzehei, and Srabani Das.


Basic qualifications

Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in agroecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, ecology, agronomy, environmental sciences, geosciences or related fields by the start date of the position.

Applicants must have a valid driver's license.

Interest and experience in collaborating with community organizations, farmers, or other stakeholders.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, and the desirable expertise in the person include knowledge of chemical, physical and biological soil health indicators; composting; agroecological approaches to food production; nature- based climate solutions; soil sampling methodologies; measurement of soil carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes; and excellent data analyses and communication skills.

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

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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    Merced, CA

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