Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Merced

Posted by: Tapan Pathak
Post Date: 12/07/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: University of California, Merced
Position/Title/Fund: Postdoctoral Scholar, Climate and Agriculture
Type/Term: Full-time, 2-Year Term
Location: Merced, California
Salary: See Table 23
Deadline: January 22, 2024
Contact Info:

Start Date: February 1, 2024

We are seeking highly motivated individual to join our team of University of California Merced and University of California Cooperative Extension researchers to lead the project on assessing impacts of climate change on agriculture in Ventura County and developing data-driven tools and resources that will help inform future decisions on actions to mitigate impacts of climate change in Ventura County.


The postdoctoral scholar will work under direct supervision of Dr. Tapan Pathak and Dr. Annemiek Schilder and collaborate with the University of California Cooperative Extension academics in Ventura County. Specific responsibilities include, (i) synthesize climate change impacts on Ventura County agriculture and identify critical research needs, (ii) quantify climate change impacts on crops and agricultural pests, (iii) develop data-driven, web-based crop-specific agroclimate decision support using various weather and climate data streams including National Weather Services, CIMIS stations, PRISM, and downscaled climate change projections, and (iv) reporting research results in the form of journal publications and conference presentations. A successful candidate will share results with variety of agricultural industry stakeholders such as growers, the Farm Bureau, the County Agricultural Commissioner, and other relevant individuals and organizations to ensure that project outputs and outcomes are addressing stakeholder needs.


  • An earned Ph.D. in agricultural engineering, climate science, meteorology, irrigation, agronomy, crop sciences, data science, environmental science, or closely related field is required at the time of appointment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.


  • Computer programming skills with applications in climate and agricultural sciences
  • Familiarity with California’s agricultural systems


Requests for information should be addressed to:

Tapan Pathak, PhD
Associate CE Specialist, Climate Adaptation in Agriculture
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of California, Merced

Annemiek Schilder, PhD
Director, UCCE Ventura County/Hansen Agricultural REC 

How to Apply:

Apply link:

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

Reference requirements:
•    2-3 required (contact information only)

Next review date: Monday, Jan 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jan 22, 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.

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