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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Biology

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Work type: Research Fellows
Location: San Diego
Categories: Excluded, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Position Summary

This position is in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University under the superstition of Dr. Donatella Zona. More details on the ZONA lab can be found at

The Postdoctoral Fellow will over-see the operation of 5 eddy covariance towers and associated equipment on the North Slope of Alaska, reduce and analyse the resultant data, prepare proposals, progress reports and research papers, and instruct and oversee interns and graduate students in the lab and in the field. The successful applicant will be able to develop the research objectives, publish the research results in peer-reviewed journal and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Full-time, temporary position. Initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility to extend. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Education and Experience

  • PhD in ecology, atmospheric science, or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • Standing in the research field as shown by multiple publications on eddy covariance data analysis
  • Experience of managing research projects and research teams.
  • Experience with field work, collecting and analysing eddy covariance data, and publish papers in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience in supervising students

Specialized Skills

  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop/follow research programmes and methodologies, including knowledge of eddy covariance data processing.
  • Record of research output in high quality peer reviewed journals.
  • Must be able to travel to San Diego (CA) and Alaska, and spend enough time in the field to maintain operation of the eddy covariance towers and help co-supervise other students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups.
  • Evidence of the ability to collaborate actively within the Institution and externally to complete research projects and advance thinking.
  • Able to participate in and develop external networks.
  • Able to balance the pressures of research, administrative demands and competing deadlines.
  • Able to work in a team and help other students to achieve their research objectives.       
  • Help to identify sources of funding, generate income, build relationships for future activities.
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop/follow research programs and methodologies, including knowledge of eddy covariance data processing.
  • Record of research output in high quality peer reviewed journals.               

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

Hiring salary:  $50,000 - $65,000 annually 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine. 

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including letter of interest and C.V., will begin on June 20, 2022.  The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at

For informal enquiries about this position please contact

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