Postdoctoral Scholar

We are excited to be hiring a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar to oversee and manage greenhouse gas measurements. T


Date posted

Dec. 1, 2023 10:15 am

Application deadline

Jan. 1, 2024 5:00 pm


Chico State Enterprises


  • United States

Job description


We are excited to be hiring a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar to oversee and manage greenhouse gas measurements. The successful applicant will lead coordinated data analysis from eddy covariance towers in paired conventional and regenerative fields across three representative California growing regions (six towers total). Primary responsibilities include data management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results in peer-reviewed journals, but not eddy covariance data collection or tower maintenance, which will be performed by project personnel.

In addition, the applicant will be expected to lead short-term field campaigns focused on collecting CO2, CH4 and N2O soil flux measurements from automated chambers in conventional and regenerative fields at the Chico University Farm (Sacramento Valley) location. These data will be integrated with eddy covariance data to determine soil carbon accrual and the climate mitigation potential of RA. The incumbent will be co-mentored and work directly with Dr. John Knowles at CSU-Chico and Dr. Patty Oikawa at CSU East Bay. Other project co[1]investigators include Drs. Sandrine Matiasek (water quality), Garret Liles (soil science), Logan Smith (soil microbiology), and Jake Brimlow (agricultural economics) at CSU Chico, with collaboration from the Modoc Nation, community and non-profit organizations, and industry. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research and present at professional meetings and conferences.


 The successful candidate must possess the following:

  • A Ph.D. degree in environmental science, atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, natural science, or related field
  • Strong quantitative skills (including programming skills in R or Matlab)
  • A proven record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Time management skills and ability to follow through on projects to completion
  • Self-motivation
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to get a valid California driver’s license Desired (but not required) skills:
  • Fieldwork experience
  • Knowledge of micrometeorology and prior experience with eddy covariance data
  • Knowledge of manual or automated static chamber greenhouse gas measurements
  • Knowledge of regenerative agricultural techniques

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