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Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Position overview

Position title: Up to 3 Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay based on prior months of postdoc service (both domestic and international) before the start of appointment. See Table 23 and 23N (Hourly) for experience level minimums. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $64,480- $77,327. 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: Start date is negotiable but ideally January 1, 2024 or sometime after.
Position duration: The initial appointment is for two-years minimum

Application Window

Open date: October 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 1, 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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

The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management invites applications for the GCP Fellowship’s 2024 cohort. The successful candidates will work with a team of interdisciplinary scientists to conduct innovative research on various topics. Research topics will be wide-ranging and often at the intersection of global change ecology, hydrology, terrestrial ecology, biodiversity, and climate science, with a quantitative focus on understanding the impacts of global change on the world's terrestrial ecosystems.

The GCP Fellowship will invite a cohort of up to three outstanding early-career scientists from around the world to expand their research skills and become scientific leaders in their chosen field(s). We are particularly interested in scientists who are hoping to expand their skills in core disciplines relevant to global change ecology, as well as develop more interdisciplinary approaches to research. Scholars interested in contributing to a collaborative and innovative group of scholars at all career stages are encouraged to apply. Individuals that are often working on projects that advance science and have real-world impacts are also encouraged to apply.

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The interdisciplinary GCP fellowship includes the following programming:
-Individual Directed Plans (IDPs) will be developed for each scholar with the team of postdoc advisors (which includes a primary advisor and at least one secondary advisor)
-Annual postdoc symposium. Postdocs will present their work at the annual postdoc symposium, hosted by the fellowship for the UCSB community.
-Attend biweekly (twice per month) meetings to discuss science and obtain feedback
-Participate in career-relevant training, including training in interdisciplinary research tools and approaches, science communication, leadership, DEIJ workshops, and preparing for the academic and non-academic job markets.
-Opportunities to work with scientists and postdocs at NCEAS and attend trainings and workshops offered by NCEAS staff.
-Opportunities for leadership within the Bren School’s MESM, MEDS, and PhD programs, including advising group projects, as selected by the Fellow.

Full benefits package included. All postdocs will receive $10,000 research funds that can be used for any research or career-related activities. Additional research funds for field work, datasets, and computing costs will also be provided by faculty mentors as needed.

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)

Applicant must have a PhD degree (or equivalent) or be enrolled in a PhD in ecology, biology, hydrology and/or focus in environmental related topics, or a closely related discipline, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD in ecology or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

-A minimum of 3 years of academic or applied research experience in global change ecology methods and/or theory related to animal movement, climate change, forests, ecosystem management, or ecology-related statistical topics
-Excellent quantitative and modeling skills including advanced coding in R and/or Python,
-An interest and track record in publishing in top academic journals;
-Proficiency using GitHub, and other modern data management, sharing, and presentation interfaces;
-Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously;
-Excellent communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences;
-Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO, and government partners, and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - One page cover letter explaining your past research experience, career goals, background, and the motivation that drives your career.

  • Research Statement - One page research statement/plan explaining the goals and objectives of your postdoctoral research, including a brief overview of the background, hypotheses, methods, expected results, and Bren faculty academic advising committee.

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

Letters will be requested only if the candidate is invited to interview.

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About UC Santa Barbara

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