Postdoctoral Scholar in Fish Conservation and Culture

University of California Davis

United States

Postdoctoral Scholar in Fish Conservation and Culture Lab

Job #JPF03723
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - BIOLOGICAL & AG ENGINEERING

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 13th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Aug 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 18, 2020 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.


Postdoctoral Scholar: The Fish Lab Conservation and Culture Laboratory Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
University of California, Davis

The Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on sperm preservation and competition focusing on an endangered fish species, Delta Smelt Hypomesus transpacificus. The FCCL is a part of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at University of California, Davis; the location of the FCCL is off main campus in Byron, CA. This appointment will be at 100% time for a duration of one year with the possibility of extension for another year.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will be involved in the study mainly focused on, but not limited to, 1) developing sperm preservation methods, 2) determining sperm competition between individuals and 3) determining sperm competition among species. General responsibilities also include: laboratory support, animal trial support, and sample analysis and data management. The candidate should also be actively and significantly involved in reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, participating in appropriate professional societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, presenting research data in society annual conferences, and publishing manuscripts. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision‐making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

The employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions. Work occurs during regularly scheduled hours (8am‐ 5pm) and occasional evenings, weekends, or holidays to meet project priorities. Work can be flexible or extended hours as needed based on workload demands. Work includes travel to and from client sites on and off campus (at Byron, CA 94514).


• PhD degree in Animal Science or a related field with a minimum of 1 year experience as a postdoctoral scholar.


• Strong lab technique in sperm activity monitoring.
• Experience in aquacultural systems, fisheries sciences, ecology, or related field.
• Experience in developing fish culture method of all life stages.
• Strong knowledge and experience in statistical data analysis.
• Demonstrated publication record.
• Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to collaboration parties.
• Provide own, reliable, transportation to and from work site with CA driver's license.


• Experience in sperm preservation of smelts.
• Experience in fish sperm competition.


• Work under indoor and outdoor conditions over rough terrain.
• Physical strength and endurance to move throughout facility.
• May encounter spiders, snakes, wasps, and other animals occurring in field conditions.


• Promptly respond to the requests made by the supervisor.
• Give timely feedback, including bad outcomes.
• Write semi‐annual reports.
• Prepare posters and present results in conferences.

APPLICATIONS: The position will remain open until August 28. To ensure consideration, application materials should be received by this date.

MATERIALS REQUESTED TO INCLUDE: To apply, please send the following application materials:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Tien‐Chieh Hung at

SALARY AND CONDITIONS: Full-time salary and benefits are included and are consistent with UC Davis policy and commensurate with applicant experience.

START DATE: October 2020.

The University 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:

Job location

Discovery Bay, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • 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.

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