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Research Opportunities for Graduate & Professional Students

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Updated 07/04/2020:

 Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants.

The University of California Natural Reserve System provides Mathias grants to support graduate student field research at its 41 reserves. Doctoral and master’s students from any UC campus pursuing a graduate degree in any field are eligible. Studies must be conducted on UC Natural Reserve System reserves.
Since 1988, more than 480 graduate students have received over $900,000 from the Mathias program. This year we anticipate awarding $38,000, with individual awards not exceeding $3,000.
Application Detail: Information on the application process, eligibility requirements, and evaluation criteria is available at here.
Apply Today by September 15, 2020

Updated 07/04/2020:

Conservative Science Partners Postdoctoral Scientist
Conservation Science Partners (CSP) seeks a Postdoctoral Scientist who will co-lead a diverse working group to synthesize the science around transformational ecological impacts from novel manifestations of drought under a changing climate, and connect the synthesis to resource management decisions. This working group will stem from the project “A co-produced science synthesis for transformational drought” funded by the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC), in partnership with each of the eight Regional CASCs. The mission of the CASCs is to deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate, and the CASC network covers the entire continental U.S., Hawai’i, Alaska, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean.
Required qualifications: PhD (MSc in combination with 5+ years directly relevant experience will also be considered) in ecology, hydrology, climatology, geography, conservation biology or a related field.
Inquiries: If you have any questions about the position, please contact Shelley Crausbay at CSP ( or Imtiaz Rangwala at the University of Colorado (
 Apply Today by July 24, 2020

Updated 07/04/2020:

Climate & Ocean Research Fellow Assistant

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is based at the UC Berkeley School of Law, which benefits from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation. Building on UC Berkeley’s history of and commitment to research and public service, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley Law faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. CLEE’s research priorities include combating climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and sustaining healthy oceans, among other pressing environmental and energy challenges.

The Climate & Ocean Law & Policy Fellow will work on domestic and international law and policy issues, roughly splitting their time between projects within the Climate Program and projects within the Ocean Program. Specific research areas will depend on the Center’s current research portfolio and the Fellow’s background and interests, but will likely include: (1) on the climate side, work on California climate programs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and zero-emission transportation; (2) on the ocean side, domestic offshore renewable energy development, international ocean law issues including deep sea mining and marine scientific research; and (3) other potential energy and environmental issues. The Fellow will collaborate with project partners at nongovernmental organizations, at other academic institutions, in both domestic and foreign governmental bodies, from the business community, and other stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conducting research on climate and ocean law and policy, both domestic and international, under the direction of and in collaboration with Berkeley Law faculty, staff, and students and colleagues at other institutions;
• Drafting white papers, reports, and outreach materials (including social media, op-eds, and other) for policy-focused audiences, under the direction of faculty and staff;
• Assisting Center faculty and staff in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other convenings with ocean law and policy leaders, policymakers, and academics;
• Presenting at events to nongovernmental, governmental, academic, and/or stakeholder communities, as well as media, about research initiatives;
• Assisting with other aspects of workshop, research, and report production as appropriate; and
• Assisting with other miscellaneous tasks for the ocean program and the Center broadly.
• The fellow must be willing to travel occasionally within California and sometimes out of stateand/or internationally,  pending public health guidelines related to COVID-19.
• Duties will be adjusted as applicable in response to campus guidelines relating to COVID-19.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent international degree at time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:
• J.D. degree, equivalent international degree, or other advanced degree in fields closely related to environmental law and policy at the time of application;
• At least 2 years of professional experience in a law- or policy-focused environment, including but not limited to study in an advanced academic program or Law Program;
• Background in climate and/or ocean law, policy, and/or science;
• Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, science, business, and policy;
• Ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives;
• Experience with research, writing, and analysis;
• Ability to communicate effectively;
• Ability to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively;
• Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments;
• Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines;
• Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas; and
• An interest in making the world better.

Application Procedure:
Please visit the following link to apply:
This position will remain open until filled.
If you have questions about the position, please contact
The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at
Letters of reference, copies of scholarly transcripts, and other materials may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.
Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Today by July 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST.

Updated 06/20/2020:

Smith Fellows 2021 Proposals

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management, improving and expanding their research skills while directing their efforts towards conservation problems of pressing concern for the United States.

Each Fellow proposes a team of at least two mentors: 1. an academic mentor who encourages the Fellow’s continued development as a conservation scientist and 2. a conservation practitioner who connects the Fellow and their research to practical applications. Fellows may be administratively based at either an academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either the academic or practitioner mentor. We encourage applicants to explore both options and consider being based at the non-academic institution as that is the world less familiar to most early-career scientists and can provide valuable experience.

Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending Program-sponsored professional development retreats. These retreats provide opportunities to cultivate skills typically not covered during their academic education including: leadership, communications, professional and funder networks, and to gain better understanding of policy-making and the application of research.

The Smith Fellows Program and its administrative host, the Society for Conservation Biology, are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity and invite individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program will eventually assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership, and strength of proposal.

The Program expects to select five Fellows in January 2021 for appointments to start between March and September 2021. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $59,000, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets, as well as a lifetime membership to the Society for Conservation Biology. For detailed proposal guidelines, please visit

Application Details: All components of the proposal package will be submitted via the online application platform, including reference letters. Access it here: Questions may be directed to Shonda Foster, Program Director, by emailing

Apply Today before September 4, 2020

Updated 06/20/2020:

Earl S. Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowship

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) invites applications for the Earl S. Tupper three-year postdoctoral fellowship. We strongly encourage applicants in disciplines including ecology, anthropology, paleontology, paleoecology, evolutionary biology, functional genomics, microbial ecology, sensory ecology, chemical ecology, animal behavior, neurobiology, soils sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals. Research should be based at one of the STRI facilities. Proposals that include comparative research in other tropical countries will be considered. The annual stipend is $50,400 with an annual increase of $1,000 for years 2 and 3 (*see tax exemptions below). The annual research budget is up to $16,000/year.

Application Details: All candidates must submit an application through SOLAA, (Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system).
Follow these steps:
1. Go to:
2. Select “New to SOLAA? Complete the information to create an account.
3. Once you create your account and provide the information required, you can select the type of appointment. Choose as follows:
4. Program Type: “Fellowship”
5. Unit of interest: “Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute”
6. Program: “STRI 3-Year Tupper Fellowship”
a. Fill in the application questions
b. Upload the required documents
c. Request the reference letters, giving sufficient time for referees to submit them. It is your responsibility to send the email request to your recommenders and check in the system that the letters have been submitted.

The complete application should include the following information:
✓ A detailed research proposal (one page summary + a five-page project description):
The one-page project summary provides an overview of the proposed research. The project description should provide clear description of research and must not exceed a maximum 5 pages
total, font size 12 pts, single spaced on 8 1⁄2 x 11 paper size. The project description must include objectives, hypotheses or research question(s), experimental design, and significance.
✓ A detailed annual budget. The annual research/travel allowance is not expected to exceed $16,000.00.
✓ Bibliography: The References Cited is limited to 3 pages.
✓ A Curriculum Vitae
✓ Two letters of reference (should not be from your main advisor or proposed co-advisors)

Candidates must designate a staff member to serve as STRI host/advisor and two additional co-advisors who can review the proposal. Applicants should consult with the STRI scientific staff member who will
serve as their main host/advisor before submitting a final application. Staff members are listed at

Apply Today before August 15, 2020

Updated 07/04/2020:

Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division has an exciting opportunity for a Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar. 

In this exciting role, you will research the controls of soil carbon cycling, and how they vary with depth in the soil. The overall goals of this project are to develop a more mechanistic understanding of soil biogeochemistry and the role of soils in global change and to improve the Earth system model representation of soil response to climate change. You will help launch a new grassland experiment for whole-soil warming and/or conduct research at an existing conifer-forest whole-soil warming experiment in a ponderosa pine forest, looking at responses to 6-10 year of warming.  They will use biogeochemical and isotopic techniques to study the effect of warming, plant inputs, and microbial activity on the transformation, mineralization, and stabilization of soil carbon. 

The main advisor is Margaret Torn and the postdoc will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of biogeochemists, microbiologists, ecologists, geochemists, and modelers.

What You Will Do:

  • Establish a new soil whole-soil warming experiment in a California Grassland, with a team. 
  • Conduct research at the new grassland experiment and/or ponderosa pine forest experiments.
  • Measure trace gas flux regularly
  • Measure isotopic composition (13C, 14C) of soil, soil gas, and soil fluxes.
  • Conduct laboratory analyses of soil, soil organic matter, and microbial community.
  • Initiate new research, such as effects of warming on roots and mycorrhizal infection.
  • Publish research results and give presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Contribute to grant proposals and project development.

Additional Opportunities

  • Test model structures and parameters, develop new model capabilities.
  • Contribute to research on microbial carbon-use efficiency, microbial community, and organo-mineral interactions.
  • Participate in Berkeley Lab’s career development opportunities and postdoctoral community events

Useful Experience and Capabilities: 

  • PhD in biogeochemistry, ecology, earth science, or related field (required).
  • Capacity to conduct field work under strenuous conditions.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in statistics and in handling data, for example using R, Matlab, or other software.
  • Experience with manipulative experiments and monitoring microclimate.
  • Able to work as part of a team and to work independently.
  • Able to find creative solutions to logistical and experimental challenges.

Application Details

Apply Today before Position is Filled

Updated 06/16/2020: 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship PRIMER‐e

We are seeking a motivated and innovative researcher, keen to make their mark in the field of quantitative ecology. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in biology, ecology, statistics or a related discipline, and will have experience in community ecology, biodiversity, ecological statistics,
multivariate statistics, nonlinear models, data wrangling, quantitative data analysis, macroecology, applied mathematics, computer programming and species distribution models. Applicants with subsets of these skills are also encouraged to apply. A clear track record of recent publications in
international journals is expected. The appointed Fellow will:

  • seek out, download, clean and integrate relevant data from local, global and online data repositories, documenting responses of species (representing a wide variety of taxa, e.g., fish, plankton, birds, trees, etc.) to a wide variety of broad‐scale spatio‐environmental
    gradients (e.g., depth, latitude, elevation, nutrients, temperature, etc.).
  • use recently developed nonlinear statistical models to quantify species’ distributions along
    gradients, as well as changes in these distributions through time, with a special focus on characterising responses to global climate change.
  • contribute to the development of new multivariate techniques to model and characterise joint responses of multiple species to multiple environmental gradients simultaneously.

Academic achievements will go hand‐in‐hand with the development of R code and user‐friendly software. The appointee will also be encouraged to supplement and extend the primary research objectives of the project with their own research objectives. They will also be expected and supported to publish and present their findings via international conferences and high‐impact journals. A high level of proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

Application Details: Please send the following:

  • a cover letter outlining your expertise and suitability for this position;
  • your complete and up‐to‐date CV; and
  • the contact details for three referees

via email to: Ms Lyn Shave, Company Administrator, PRIMER‐e (Email: lyn@primer‐

Enquiries regarding the funded project and the specific role of the Fellow should be directed to Distinguished Professor Marti J. Anderson (Email: marti@primer‐
Information about PRIMER‐e and its mission can be found at: www.primer‐

Apply Today before July 15, 2020 (11:45pm, New Zealand Standard time).

Life Cycle Associate

Emeryville, CA

The Life Cycle Associate will support the program by conducting quantitative analysis and modeling for life cycle assessment and carbon footprinting projects. In addition, the Life Cycle Associate will be responsible for conducting research, interacting with clients, technical report writing and administrative support.

Application Details

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