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Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecological Modeling of Fire Regimes and Vegetation Growth in the Earth Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Winter 2023 or later
Review timeline: Mid-December
Position duration: 1 year with the potential for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 15, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 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

We are seeking a post-doctoral scholar to join our “Building Resilience to Wildfires” Team at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This is a cross-campus project with the goal of improving landscape level fire management in the California Central Coast and other semi-arid regions. The focus of the post-doctoral scholar will be the ecological modeling component of the project, where the goal is to apply a state-of-the art ecohydrologic model (RHESSys-Fire) to develop future scenarios of fire risk, post-fire vegetation recovery, post-fire hydrology and long-term fuel treatment effectiveness. The post-doctoral scholar will work closely with the TagueTeamLab (, under the supervision of PI Tague
( on the ecological modeling but will also interact with the entire project team to integrate new datasets collected as part of the larger project and participate in science communication and outreach.

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 1 year with the potential for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in an earth system science discipline with strong data science focus, except the dissertation, by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

All applicants must have their PHD by the time of appointment. Applicants need to have at least 2 years of programming experience with R (or equivalents) is required along with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a project team and strong written and oral communication skills. The demonstrated ability will be evidenced in multi-person projects and/or published papers with multiple co-authors. The strength of the written and oral communication skills will be based on proper grammar, spelling and the clear and easy to follow organization within the submitted materials and the conversation proficiency during the interviews that are awarded to the top 3 candidates.

Preferred qualifications
  • We are looking for a Postdoctoral scholar with a strong background in ecological or hydrologic modeling as evidenced by publications and/or a thesis topic in this area.

  • Applicants need to have strong data-science skills, including spatial analysis, and the ability to work in UNIX/Linux environment is essential. Listing of these skills on the applicants CV will show the advanced course work in these areas and/or evidence of these techniques in the applicant thesis topic will count as evidence.

  • Experience with fire regime models and/or fire ecology.

  • Familiarity with C programming language.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide a name and email address for each reference. The references of the top finalists may be contacted following the interview process.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA