Postdoc Position in Urban Forestry, Ecology and Climate Change Science

University of California Davis

United States

Postdoc Scholar/Meineke/Ossola labs

Job #JPF05024

Application Window

Open date: June 17th, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Oct 14, 2022 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

The Meineke Lab at the University of California Davis is recruiting a 1-year (with possibility of a two-year reappointment) postdoctoral researcher in the areas of urban forestry, ecology and climate change science. The successful candidate will work within a newly-funded USDA-NIFA project titled “Urban heat islands as windows into climate change and ecosystem service provisioning by street trees”. The postdoctoral scholar will be advised primarily by Dr. Emily Meineke [] in the Department of Entomology & Nematology and secondarily by Dr. Alessandro Ossola [] in the Department of Plant Sciences. We strongly encourage applications from people from groups historically excluded from scientific research.

The successful candidate will study how climate and micro-climate affect growth and performance of ten tree species planted across urban landscapes in Sacramento, CA, Raleigh, NC and New Orleans, LA. These cities have similar annual temperature regimes but different precipitation and evapotranspiration patterns and offer a unique experimental setting to measure the extent to which tree growth and performance is affected by water availability in species with different hydraulic traits. The postdoctoral scholar will use a diverse set of field and lab techniques including insect herbivore sampling, forestry surveys, soil sampling, micro-climatic measurements, dendrochronology, isotopic analyses, physiological and plant trait measurements, and thus will acquire significant experience in several research techniques and methods.

The position is for one year, and the candidate will be evaluated after each year for reappointment. It is expected that the postdoc will lead 1-3 high-impact peer reviewed scientific articles per year working with the PIs. In addition, it is expected that the postdoc will mentor graduate, undergraduate students and volunteers as well as assist project PIs in organizing outreach activities, products for lay audiences and project reporting.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in ecology, urban ecology, entomology, forestry, environmental science or another relevant field and ideally research experience with ecological/entomological surveys, dendrochronology, isotopic analyses, plant traits and/or allied skills.

Preferred qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with
1) expertise in urban forestry, dendrochronology, urban ecology and allied disciplines;
2) strong communication and organizational skills;
3) ability to lead, design and conduct robust reproducible science; and
4) strong publication records, or the potential for developing one. Our team is committed to DEI values. Applicants from historically excluded groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - (one page): explaining why you are interested in this position and what makes you a good candidate for it

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA

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