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Postdoctoral Scholar - Environmental Biogeochemistry - Environmental Science, Policy & Management

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management of the University of California, Berkeley is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position in Environmental Biogeochemistry with Dr. Celine Pallud to research selenium cycling, with a focus on integrating stable isotope geochemistry and microbiology to gain an improved understanding of biotic and abiotic selenium oxidation. Research will include controlled laboratory experiments to determine reaction rates and selenium isotope fractionation during microbial and abiotic selenium oxidation. Laboratory experiments with soils and sediments of two different field sites will provide complementary understanding of selenium oxidation in natural samples under well-defined conditions. By establishing a link between selenium oxidation and selenium isotope fractionation, the results will open new avenues for studies on selenium cycling and the fate of selenium as a micronutrient and contaminant. This project includes collaborations with Thomas Johnson (University of Illinois, Urbana Champlain), Kathrin Schilling (Royal Holloway, University of London), and Nathan Yee (Rutgers University).


Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD or equivalent degree program in environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology or related field at the time of application.


Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology or related field field by appointment start date. Experience in non-traditional stable isotope geochemistry and/or microbiology is required.


We seek a lab-oriented postdoctoral researcher in environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology or related field. Experience in (bio)geochemistry of redox sensitive elements, kinetics and mechanisms of (bio)geochemical processes, and/or soil (bio)geochemistry is highly desirable. Successful applicants should be highly motivated and creative. They should demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a part of a team and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.


The anticipated start date for this appointment is October 1, 2016. The initial appointment is for 12 months, with renewal based on performance and funding. This is a full-time appointment.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scale. The annual salary range for this position is $43,692 to $51,120. Generous benefits are included (



Interested individuals should submit a one-page summary outlining your research interests, a current CV and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of reference may be requested of finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Dr. Celine Pallud mailto:(

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.

The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

posted: 20 September 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.