Post Doctoral Research Position in Aquatic Ecology and Biogeochemistry
University of California Davis, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
United States

Post-doctoral research position: Aquatic Ecology & Biogeochemistry (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis)

Job #JPF03310
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - LAND AIR & WATER RESOURCES

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 3rd, 2019

Next review date: Monday, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Apr 1, 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.



Post-doctoral research position: Aquatic Ecology & Biogeochemistry

The Hernes Lab at the University of California Davis is seeking to fill a post-doctoral researcher position for a 2-year project utilizing metagenomics and biomarker analyses to investigate the role of non-algal particles in the lower foodweb of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta (the Delta). In particular, the post-doctoral researcher will perform independent research linking wetland plant detritus with zooplankton survival and growth in a system where limited food availability has in part led to a precipitous decline in native pelagic fish species. In most estuarine systems, phytoplankton primary production is perceived as the major food source for zooplankton; however the Delta historically has low primary productivity, and recent studies have indicated that detritus may be a significant energy source in this system. Through field sampling, chemical characterization, and laboratory feeding experiments, the post-doctoral researcher will expand upon current knowledge of the role of detritus in zooplankton diet in the Delta. In addition, the post-doctoral researcher will implement, optimize, and promote a newly-developed metagenomic analysis technique to assess algal and non-algal zooplankton diet preferences, and will also serve as the primary link between project collaborators specializing in aqueous biogeochemistry and molecular biology.


• Conduct feeding and survival experiments in conjunction with technician
• Carry out biomarker analyses (lignin and fatty acids) to assess food quality
• Carry out metagenomics analyses in conjunction with Co-PI Dr. Tomofumi Kurobe
• Plan and participate in fieldwork sampling in the Delta
• Coordinate project meetings
• Prepare manuscripts for publication


• Ph.D. in aquatic ecology, oceanography, environmental chemistry, limnology, or related field
• Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers
• Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines
• Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research.


Preference will be given to applicants with:
• Experience with biomarker analyses, with GC-MS expertise a plus.
• Experience with ‘omics analyses, especially amplicon or shotgun metagenomics
• Familiarity with large datasets, and well-developed data processing skills, including experience with Linux
• Experience with zooplankton taxonomy, identification, and staging


SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.



The position is 100% for 12 months initially, renewable for an additional 12 month period contingent on satisfactory progress.
The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of April 1, 2020 or sooner.


To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the following:
a) a one‐page cover letter,
b) CV and
c) names and contact information of at least 3 references familiar with your work.

Email any questions to Dr. Peter Hernes ( with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Aquatic Ecology & Biogeochemistry" in the subject.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

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