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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 5278416
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Postdoctoral Research in Tree-Fungal Mutualism

University of California Santa Barbara

Position overview
Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee 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. 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: August 1, 2024 but no later than December 31, 2024. Position duration: 2 years Application Window

Open date: May 22, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Jun 24, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Nov 1, 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

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar to engage in research on tree-ectomycorrhizal mutualisms. The postdoc will have the opportunity to work on one of a number of active research projects in the Moeller Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara, using greenhouse and/or field studies to understand the community ecology of plant-fungal associations. Projects include but are not limited to (1) quantifying information and resource exchange between host plants with a shared fungal community, (2) understanding the role of fungal traits in shaping these exchanges, (3) determining the role of environmental variation in the maintenance of fungal diversity, and (4) engineering mycorrhizal networks of resource exchange.

The appointee will be responsible for leading the design, conduct, and analysis of a series of greenhouse studies; opportunities also exist for participation in fieldwork in California and beyond. The appointee may work on one or multiple projects, depending upon interests and past experience; opportunities also exist to collaborate with mathematical modelers and develop or build upon an appointee's quantitative skillset. We are especially interested in recruiting individuals with experience in plant-fungal mutualisms, seedling bioassays, and/or plant or fungal physiology.

The postdoctoral scholar(s) will also be encouraged to develop independent but related lines of inquiry and to take advantage of professional development opportunities available at UC Santa Barbara and through collaborations, meeting attendance, etc.

The appointee will be based at UCSB in the laboratory of Dr. Holly Moeller, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Leander Anderegg (UCSB), Dr. Laura Bogar (UC Davis), and Dr. Robyn Barbato (CRREL). The project includes funds for travel for collaborative visits to other institutions.

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)

Applicants must hold a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD-granting program or international equivalent at time of application.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD in biology, biological engineering, ecology, evolution, microbial ecology, mycology, plant physiology, or closely related disciplines by time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

-Prior research experience in one or more of the following areas: Mycology, plant physiology, greenhouse or field manipulative experiments, plant-microbial interactions.
-Teaching or mentoring experience, especially with undergraduate scholars.
-Experience in experimental design and data analysis, and evidence of leadership on collaborative projects appropriate to career stage.
-A track record of talks and peer-reviewed publications appropriate to career stage.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Publications - PDF copies of up to two relevant publications
Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

The search committee may contact references of the top candidate(s) after the interviews.
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