Postdoctoral Scholar (Sierra Nevada Research Institute)

University of California-Merced

Merced, CA, United States 🇺🇸


The Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, Merced invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Scholars in Spatial Analysis and Priority Planning for advancing environmental monitoring and natural resources management in California.

We are looking for two motivated postdoctoral researchers interested in a project aimed at understanding forest management and restoration needs using transparent and defensible water balance and vegetation and analysis in support of prioritization of investment opportunities to enhance and maintain ecosystem function. The project will involve blending and aggregating ground-based and remotely sensed indices of ecosystem assets using Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and other tools for forest management planning.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Natural Resources Management, Earth Systems Science or a related field from an accredited university.
• Strong geospatial and remote sensing background built on a foundation of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Science.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in high-performance computing and cloud-based platforms (i.e., google earth engine)

The postdoctoral scholar will primarily work with Professor Safeeq Khan and Roger Bales at the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced. There will be opportunities to collaborate widely across other research groups at UC Merced and other UC campuses including UC ANR. The initial appointment will be for 12 months, starting in January 2021, and will be renewable for up to two years, subject to performance and availability of funding.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales and will commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is full-time with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2021; positions are open until filled with a final closing date of January 13, 2021.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a short research statement and 4) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

For more information, please contact Dr. Safeeq Khan at [email protected].