Postdoctoral Scholar – Geospatial ecology
Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to work on
quantification and visualization of climate-driven risk and uncertainty in
estuarine food-web dynamics. This position is part of the project Climate-driven
food-web mismatches in the San Francisco Estuary, funded by the California
Department of Fish and Wildlife (Proposition 1, Agreement # Q2196006). The
postdoc will be responsible for synthesizing multiple geospatial data sets from
a range of monitoring programs in the San Francisco Estuary, for quantifying
probability of spatio-temporal mismatches among the different food-web
compartments, and for developing interactive visualizations on food-web level
risk (and associated uncertainty) under different biological and climate
scenarios. The primary goal of the project is to estimate and forecast responses
of different trophic levels to climate change using a readily-available
downscaled product (CASCaDE2), and to develop effective ways of communicating
risk of disruption of food-web dynamics due to phenological mismatches. The
expected products are two peer-reviewed publications with accompanying
geospatial open data products (including an interactive R Shiny app). The
successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers led
by Drs. Albert Ruhi and Stephanie Carlson at the University of California,
Berkeley, including postdoc Dr. Denise Colombano and partners at CDFW (Dr. James
Hobbs) and USGS (Drs. Noah Knowles and Lisa Lucas). There will be opportunities
to pursue independent lines of inquiry related to aquatic food-web responses to
climate variability, and to co-author publications led by other team members.
There will also be opportunities to interact with other UC Berkeley freshwater
science labs and conservation partners.


Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of


PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the start date. PREFERRED
QUALIFICATIONS (by start date) Strong quantitative skills and experience with
analysis, synthesis, and visualization of geospatial data. Proficiency in at
least one programming language (e.g., R, Python) and GIS. Research interests in
climate change ecology, physical geography, spatial statistics, and/or data
visualization. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, ability to
think critically and innovatively, and experience leading scientific


The targeted start date for this position is January 3rd, 2022, but some
flexibility exists. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible
annual renewal for an additional year based on performance and funding
availability. This is a full-time appointment and the postdoc will be supervised
by Drs. Albert Ruhi and Stephanie Carlson.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience level and based
on UC Berkeley salary scales:
Generous benefits are included:


Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter outlining research
experience, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three
references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. The total
duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years,
including postdoctoral service at other institutions. Please send applications
to Dr. Albert Ruhi ( by October 8th, 2021. All letters
will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and
California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters
are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC
Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality prior
to submitting their letters. The Universit of California is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration 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: The Department is
interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity
in higher education through their research or teaching. The University of
California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of
policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and

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