NCEAS Wildfire in the West Postdoc

NCEAS Wildfire in the West Postdoc

UC Santa Barbara | Cana, VA, 24317, US

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The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UCSB seeks a postdoctoral fellow focused on Wildfire Resilience in the US and Canadian West as part of our Morpho Initiative. The Morpho initiative sponsors working groups and postdocs to synthesize data and knowledge about environmental science, resource management, and restoration efforts. As part of our 2023 initiative we will support a postdoctoral position that will work collaboratively with a to-be selected synthesis science working group specifically focused on Wildfire in the West as well as work on their own related postdoctoral research. This is a two-year long position and will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California.


The Morpho Initiative convenes working groups consisting of government agency, NGO, tribal, and academic researchers to develop and accelerate science in the service of environmental management. In 2023 NCEAS is sponsoring a special call for working groups focused specifically on issues related to wildfire resilience in the US and Canadian West. This postdoc position will split time between supporting and collaborating with the working group team that is selected and developing your own independent synthesis project focused on a specific challenge facing the wildfire resilience science and management. This position will give you significant opportunities to maximize the impact of your research and to work at the interface of ecological synthesis science and applied management solutions. You will be part of a growing cohort of postdocs and researchers at NCEAS in downtown Santa Barbara, California.

Your proposed independent research project should focus on leveraging and reusing existing data to develop synthesis products. Coproduction of synthesis products with working groups, practitioners, and stakeholders across the West is highly encouraged.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research related to the selected wildfire resilience synthesis working groups (50% time)

  • This postdoctoral researcher will participate in the work of a Morpho Initiative synthesis working group, as appropriate based on experience and interest.

Independent research (50% of time)

  • This postdoctoral researcher will be afforded significant time to pursue their own research interests related to wildfire resilience in the West, publish independent research in peer review journals, and attend scientific conferences.

Residency at NCEAS

NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, a characteristic that leads to the success of its scientists. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and a frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects across a diverse range of initiatives. NCEAS is also a leader in data science training, offering courses and expertise in reproducible workflows, data infrastructure, and environmental statistics. We expect that postdocs will contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere. The postdoc should anticipate spending the vast majority of their time in residence at the Center and will have the opportunity to travel to relevant national and international events and conferences, with a special focus on meeting and networking opportunities across the Western US and Canada.

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The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.