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The mission of the Earth Research Institute (ERI) is to support research and education in the sciences of our solid, fluid, and living Earth.

Our areas of research comprise Natural Hazards, Human Impacts, Earth System Science, and Earth Evolution.

ERI strives to build upon the existing research strengths of our founding units while fostering new interdisiciplinary collaborations examining how Earth processes affect mankind and how mankind perturbs the Earth.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Evaluate plant moisture status, ecophysiology, and flammability

Primary consideration for this posting was June 19, 2019. However, another review date has been added. Please submit all materials on or before 9/30/19.

The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking a postdoctoral position that evaluating plant moisture status, ecophysiology, and flammability characteristics of different species of plants across California.

In particular, this project aims to quantify combustion-related information (e.g., time to ignition, heat released) of plant material in different states of drought stress, to explore the ecophysiological basis for differences in flammability at the scale of leaves to individual plants; seasonal patterns of water status and plant chemistry will also be assessed.

Position will involve using plant ecophysiological tools (e.g., pressure bombs for water status and PV curves, gas exchange machine), modifying and using a flammability chamber, statistical modeling and analysis techniques, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journal articles, and proposal development.

This is a full time position located at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of subsequent extension based on performance and availability of funding. Anticipated start date July 1st, 2019. For primary consideration apply by June 19th, 2019 .Position is open until filled. To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, statement of research, minimum of 3 references (contact information only) to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01516. Email Max Moritz (mmoritz@bren.ucsb.edu) for questions regarding the position.

 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Modeling of current/future fire activity

Primary consideration for this posting was June 19, 2019. However, another review date has been added. Please submit all materials on or before 9/30/19.

The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking a postdoctoral position in modeling of current/future fire activity and current/future vegetation characteristics. 

In particular, this project aims to assess data and models of plant moisture content (e.g., live fuel moisture) in different species across California and how those patterns in space and time alter wildfire occurrence and severity patterns. Responsibilities include analysis of biophysical models and data related to soil moisture, plant water relations, historical mapped fire patterns, and projections of future conditions under global change (e.g., climate and land use) scenarios. 

Position will involve using statistical and/or machine learning models, processing environmental spatial data from a variety of sources (e.g., remote sensing, GIS) at various scales, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journal articles, and proposal development. 

This is a full time position located at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of subsequent extension based on performance and availability of funding. Anticipated start date July 1st, 2019. For primary consideration apply by June 19th, 2019 .Position is open until filled. To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, statement of research, minimum of 3 references (contact information only) to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01514. Email Max Moritz (mmoritz@bren.ucsb.edu) for questions regarding the position.
 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Coupled Earth System Modeling

The University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to contribute to a DOE-funded project focusing on understanding the mechanisms for tropical and extratropical Pacific decadal variability in present and future climates. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to define their own original sub-project aligned with the project goals, in collaboration with investigators at UC Santa Barbara, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of subsequent extension based on performance and availability of funding. For primary consideration apply by January 15, 2019. Position is open until filled. Preferred start date would be May 2019. To apply, please upload a cover letter, statement of research, including a description of current research interests, experience with climate/Earth system modeling, and near-term research goals. Please also provide a current CV and contact information for 3 references to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01424. Email Samantha Stevenson (stevenson@bren.ucsb.edu) with any questions related to the position.

 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.

 

 

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