The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced ( is seeking a full-time Assistant Project Scientist position to investigate Ecosystem Climate Solutions through public engagement and co-production of knowledge in focal areas. The successful candidate will perform needs assessments and help generate scientific communications related to climate information, the team’s research outcomes, decision support tools, educational resources, and trainings. The candidate will identify management adoption barriers, and will refine approaches to inform adaptive management of natural resources under variable and changing climate. The subject focus is on healthy forest- and rangeland- management to enhance carbon storage and/or the carbon residence time in California, and building public support for the needed investments and management actions. The successful candidate will also lead development, implementation, and evaluation of outreach events related to resource management and climate communications. These activities are expected to result in a synthesis of knowledge compiled into peer-reviewed publications.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or a relevant area; well-developed data analysis and/or modeling skills; and excellent written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate should have a strong publication record related to human dimensions in adaptive management, and in particular, the application of social science theory and methods to help understand cultural, sociological, and economic aspects of natural-resource management and environmental problem solving. The candidate is expected to apply these skills to design studies in collaboration with the team, oversee and conduct the research and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in science communication is preferred.

This position will be based at UC Merced and will involve collaboration with participating investigators at other universities, and key stakeholder groups including UCCE ANR Natural Resource Advisors, NGO’s, RCDs, and state and federal agency staff.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time appointment with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding, and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately; position is open until filled with a final closing date of July 19, 2019.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three to five references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmation action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

For more information, please contact Dr. Safeeq Khan at [email protected] or Dr. Tapan Pathak @ [email protected].


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)


Open June 25th, 2019 through Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)