Postdoctoral Scholar – Role of microbial species interactions in adaptation to climate change

Two full-time postdoctoral scholar positions are now open at UC Irvine to study the evolution of bacteria-fungi interactions under extreme warming. The successful candidates will: 1) experimentally test how microbes cope with extreme heat events and how microbial interactions, evolution, and biofilms combine to affect the response to environmental change in the laboratory; 2) develop computer-based ecosystem models and integrate them with the experimental data to predict how soil microbes will change C decomposition efficiency. This position is supported by an NSF-funded grant to Kathleen Treseder, Steven Allison, and Alejandra Rodriguez-Verdugo in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Irvine. The postdocs will work in a dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative research environment to conduct innovative evolution experiments and advance trait-based modeling approaches.

The appointment is for two years at 100% time, with a comprehensive benefits package. Continuation beyond the initial contract will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCI’s salary scales and dependent on qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should submit: 1) Cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests and career goals, 2) A current curriculum vitae, 3) Contact information (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) for three References who can provide letters upon request. References will be contacted before any offer is made. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply by October 11th 2023, but the position will remain open until filled.

Apply to the following on-line recruitment URL to submit the material requested:

Inquiries on the lab aspects of this project to Alejandra Rodriguez Verdugo ( and on the modeling aspects to Steven Allison (

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The salary range for this position is $60,000-$71,952. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level. See Postdoctoral Scholar Scale for the salary range. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.