Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecological Modeling of Fire Regimes and Vegetation Growth
University of California Santa Barbara, California, United States
Apply before: 31 December 2022

Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecological Modeling of Fire Regimes and Vegetation Growth

Bren School of Environmental Science, University of California Santa Barbara;

contact, Naomi Tague

We are seeking a post-doctoral scholar to join our “Building Resilience to Wildfires” Team at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This is a cross-campus project with the goal of improving landscape level fire management in the California Central Coast and other semi-arid regions. The focus of the post-doctoral scholar will be the ecological modeling component of the project, where the goal is to apply a state-of-the art ecohydrologic model (RHESSys-Fire) to develop future scenarios of fire risk, post-fire vegetation recovery, post-fire hydrology and long-term fuel treatment effectiveness. The post-doctoral scholar will work closely with the TagueTeamLab (, under the supervision of PI Tague ( on the ecological modeling but will also interact with the entire project team to integrate new datasets collected as part of the larger project and participate in science communication and outreach.

We are looking for a post-doctoral scholar with a strong background in ecological or hydrologic modeling. Strong data-science skills, including spatial analysis, and the ability to work in UNIX/Linux environment is essential. At least 2 years of programming experience with R (or equivalents) is required along with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a project team and strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with fire regime models and/or fire ecology would be particularly helpful. Some familiarity with C programming language is also helpful. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in a earth system science discipline with strong data science focus, except the dissertation, by the time of application.

To apply please submit a cover letter, CV and names of 3 references to

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 1 year with the potential for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open Date: Nov 15, 2022

Final Date: December 31, 2022

Of interest for:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group