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Postdoctoral Scholar to Study Vegetation-Related Ecosystem Services in Urban Natural Treatment Systems

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A postdoctoral scholar position is available for research on ecological aspects of low-energy systems used for capturing and treating stormwater runoff. Research will include field studies of plant and animal communities associated with natural treatment systems (such as stormwater biofilters) performing water quality improvement services. Specific research goals include: 1) evaluating ecosystem services and ecological values (ES&EV) in natural treatment systems, 2) describing plant biodiversity and functional diversity in natural treatment systems, and 3) understanding connections between plant functional traits and ES&EV. The postdoc will be supervised by Professor Rich Ambrose at UCLA with close collaboration with researchers at the five southern University of California campuses (UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego).

Qualifications: Ph.D. in urban ecology or related field. Additional Qualifications: experience conducting ecological field work; strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse team; demonstrated ability to conduct statistical analyses and produce publications. Preferred qualifications include: research experience with green infrastructure, water quality and related sediment parameters, and identifying plants and measuring plant functional traits; an outstanding publication record; and experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research (including engineers, microbiologists and chemists). Must have a driver’s license and be able to drive to field sites and between five southern UC campuses.

The preferred start date is October 10, 2017. Funding is available for 1.5 years, contingent on successful performance. Salary (including full university benefits) commensurate with experience and set by the University of California pay scale. This position is funded by a University of California Office of the President Multicampus Research Programs and Initiative (MRPI) grant under the direction of Dr. Stanley Grant at UC Irvine. In addition to research activities, the postdoc will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and participate in MRPI training activities.

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Describing your interest and qualifications for the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. indicating when your PhD was awarded (or is anticipated) and lists of publications and other relevant activities

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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