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Postdoctoral Research in Tree-Fungal Mutualism

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee
Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 23 and 23N for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $64,480 - $77,327 annually. Salaries that are higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience level minimum, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: October 1, 2023, but no later than March 1, 2024
Position duration: 2 year

Application Window

Open date: August 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 29, 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

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar to engage in research on tree-ectomycorrhizal mutualisms. The postdoc will have the opportunity to work on one of a number of active research projects in the Moeller Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara, using greenhouse and/or field studies to understand the community ecology of plant-fungal associations. Projects include but are not limited to (1) quantifying information and resource exchange between host plants with a shared fungal community, (2) understanding the role of fungal traits in shaping these exchanges, (3) determining the role of environmental variation in the maintenance of fungal diversity, and (4) engineering mycorrhizal networks of resource exchange.

The appointee will be responsible for leading the design, conduct, and analysis of a series of greenhouse studies; opportunities also exist for participation in fieldwork in California and beyond. The appointee may work on one or multiple projects, depending upon interests and past experience; opportunities also exist to collaborate with mathematical modelers and develop or build upon an appointee’s quantitative skillset. We are especially interested in recruiting individuals with experience in plant-fungal mutualisms, seedling bioassays, and/or plant or fungal physiology.

The postdoctoral scholar(s) will also be encouraged to develop independent but related lines of inquiry and to take advantage of professional development opportunities available at UC Santa Barbara and through collaborations, meeting attendance, etc.

The appointee will be based at UCSB in the laboratory of Dr. Holly Moeller, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Leander Anderegg (UCSB), Dr. Laura Bogar (UC Davis), and Dr. Robyn Barbato (CRREL). The project includes funds for travel for collaborative visits to other institutions.

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 hold a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD-granting program or international equivalent at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD in biology, biological engineering, ecology, evolution, microbial ecology, mycology, plant physiology, or closely related disciplines by time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

-Prior research experience in one or more of the following areas: Mycology, plant physiology, greenhouse or field manipulative experiments, plant-microbial interactions.
-Teaching or mentoring experience, especially with undergraduate scholars.
-Experience in experimental design and data analysis, and evidence of leadership on collaborative projects appropriate to career stage.
-A track record of talks and peer-reviewed publications appropriate to career stage.

Application Requirements

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

  • Statement of Research - 1-2 page statement of research experience and interests related to the project

  • Publications - PDF copies of up to two relevant publications

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

The search committee may contact references of the top candidate(s) after the interviews.

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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 Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA