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JMIE Affiliated Climate Hub Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Description – Climate Hub Postdoctoral Fellow # 832801

Overview

USDA's Climate Hubs are a unique collaboration across USDA agencies. The Climate Hubs link
USDA research and program agencies in their regional delivery of timely and authoritative tools
and information to agricultural producers and professionals. They are led by Agricultural
Research Service and Forest Service Senior Directors located at ten regional locations, with
contributions from many other programs including the Natural Resources Conservation Service,
Farm Service Agency, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Risk Management
Agency.

Position Summary
The USDA California Climate Hub in partnership with The John Muir Institute of the
Environment at UC Davis have an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in climate and water use in
perennial crops. This is a two-year position housed at the John Muir Institute of the Environment
at UC Davis, Davis CA. The successful candidate will work with a diverse team of researchers at
USDA Climate Hubs, Agricultural Research Service, UC Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory. The candidate is expected to participate as a staff member of the USDA
Climate Hub network and interact and participate with Others in the Climate Hub network. The
position includes salary and benefits commensurate with experience and demonstrated scholarly
accomplishment.

Salary/Benefits
Annual salary starts at $52,140 depending on experience for 12 months at 100% time with the
possibility of an additional 12-month extension (2 years in total). The position will receive full
benefits along with 24 days of Personal Time Off (PTO) and 12 days of Sick Leave (SKL) per
year. PTO must be used by the end of the appointment, as it does not carry forward should a
reappointment for additional extended time be granted.

The Challenge
California is leading the world in production and export of agricultural products from the
perennial specialty crop industry. At the same time, the state is expected to experience projected
increased temperatures by mid- and end century and more limited access to water, which may
reduce the maximum temperatures that different crops can tolerate. These factors likely will
influence where in the State these crops can be grown. Understanding the resultant balance
among climatically induced stressors, physiological water stress tolerance and associated
adaptive capacity will be critically important for the specialty crop industry and water
management districts and municipalities.

The postdoc will examine interactions between climate change, physiological drought
tolerance/water use efficiency and agricultural management to address water management and
climate adaptation approaches for woody perennial crops under expected mid- to end-century
temperature and climatic conditions. The successful candidate is expected to investigate
individual plant to ecosystem responses in perennial cropping systems to modeled temperature
and precipitation projections, and incorporate drought stress and/or tolerance into model
projections to improve irrigation management and adaptation practices and measures. The
project goals are to inform crop type by location (site) investments related to the implementation
of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), inform regional irrigation districts
for design management/water delivery plans, as well as to produce work publishable in
traditional academic journals. Specific research will be modified depending upon the candidate’s training and interests.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, professional
and interpersonal skills and capacity to meaningfully contribute intellectually as part of a large
interdisciplinary team. In addition, the successful candidate will have the demonstrated capacity
to integrate a variety of climate, ecosystem, and plant models and associated geospatial modeling
competences. Relevant experience includes hydrology, agricultural science, GIS, modeling
(climate, ecosystem, and/or plant), and/or remote sensing. Further, the successful candidate will
work with a diverse team of researchers, scientists and extension specialists including Dr. Steven
Ostoja, director at the USDA California Climate Hub; Drs. Kerri Steenwerth, research soil
scientist, Emile Elias, research hydrologist and Andrew McElrone, research plant physiologist at
the Agricultural Research Service; Dr. Alison Marklein, research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory and Dr. Tapan Pathak, agriculture climate adaptation specialist at University
of California, Merced.

Application must include the following:
A cover letter introducing yourself (e.g. experience, potential research interests, and general
career goals), delineate all technical skills you have that are relevant to this position.

Either a Curriculum Vitae or Resume are acceptable, listing all technical skills.

Copies of transcripts (unofficial acceptable)

A list of publications and presentations – including one first authored peer review paper as an
writing example.

Provide contact information for three references whom we can contact regarding your
application.

Send your completed application package as a single PDF to steven.ostoja@ars.usda.gov AND
smostoja@ucdavis.edu with Climate and Water Modeling Postdoc in the subject line by Dec 15,
2017 by midnight to receive full consideration.

pdf description can be viewed here: http://johnmuir.ucdavis.edu/jmie-affiliated-climate-hub-post-doc/view

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