Childs Meadow; a stream meanders through a lush green mountain meadow.
Childs Meadow. Photo Credit: Sarah Yarnell.

Open Postdoctoral Position in Fish Ecology and Life History Diversity

The Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis is seeking to fill an open postdoctoral position. The ideal postdoc will have a strong background in fish ecology and an understanding of stream hydrology of groundwater-dominated and precipitation-derived rivers. The candidate will be responsible for sampling native fishes and analyzing otoliths to assess growth and incubation timing (among other factors) in numerous rivers across California and elsewhere. The candidate will conduct statistical analyses to relate environmental covariates to fish response variables (e.g., growth). A primary goal of the project will be to understand how selection pressures differ between ecosystems and result in differences in key life history traits of native salmonids between river types (runoff, spring-fed, etc.). Previous work with otoliths is a plus, but not required. The candidate will prepare at least one peer-reviewed publication and will also have opportunities to explore independent lines of research inquiry. The candidate will be based at the Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at UC Davis. Applications are viewed cyclically.


Minimum Qualifications

PhD in ecology, fish biology, conservation ecology, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

1) expertise in fish ecology and/or hydrology
2) strong communication and organizational skills
3) have experience with ecological data analysis and modeling, especially in R programming language
4) exceptional data management skills and interest in transparent and reproducible science
4) a strong publication record or the potential for developing one. 

Salary & Benefits

Commensurate on experience with a minimum salary of $64,480.00. Benefits included for 12 months duration appointment at full time of 100%.

How to Apply


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.


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