Position Overview: Full-time position The [posted UC salary scales] https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar- Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $[64,480]-$[77,327]. 'Off-scale salaries', i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.
A two-year postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Mikaela Provost's Quantitative Fisheries Ecology lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis (UCD) to develop population-specific stock-recruitment models for Chinook salmon in California's Central Valley. The Provost Lab uses a combination of ecological theory, mathematical models, and analysis of empirical data sets to investigate questions in fisheries science, population dynamics, and aquatic ecology. The position is ideally suited to researchers with an interest in stock assessment, long-term ecological monitoring survey data, mark-recapture modeling, and hierarchical Bayesian modeling. There is room for independence in addition to the project funded by the California State Water Resources Control Board.
One of the primary recommendations from the Independent Science Board on the review of California State Water Board's flow standards is to develop stock-recruit curves for each watershed in the Central Valley connected to the San Francisco Estuary because changes in restoration or waterflow modifications at the scale of individual tributaries may result in detectable changes in juvenile production (juveniles per spawner). The Postdoctoral Scholar will combine multiple data sets to explore the potential for characterizing watershed-specific productivity for natural-origin fall run Chinook. Fall-run Chinook salmon are the backbone of California's salmon fishery and limitations in quantifying annual production from Central Valley tributaries represents one of the key data gaps in developing alternative harvest and management models for the stock. The postdoc will use abundance estimates of out-migrating wild juveniles (as estimated from coded wire tags of hatchery-origin juveniles), the fraction of different natal tributaries contributing to total juvenile production (as estimated from otolith microchemistry), and genetically identified fall run individuals. This integration of multiple sources of information represents a novel and necessary approach to quantify annual juvenile production across watersheds. The postdoc will join a collaborative team, including agency partners in NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey as well as academic partners at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, and University of Essex to estimate abundance and population composition of juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon leaving the Central Valley tributaries through the San Francisco Estuary. The postdoc will have the opportunity to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, design and lead research, manage and analyze large datasets, prepare conference presentations and manuscripts, and coordinate a research collaboration.
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