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Postdoctoral research position: Aquatic Toxicology (Dept of ETOX at UC Davis)
University of California Davis in the Monterey, California
Date Posted 09/01/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Sep 14, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Department of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis (UCD) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in aquatic toxicology who will work under the leadership of Dr. Ron Tjeerdema (Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Executive Associate Dean, CA&ES) and Bryn Phillips (Laboratory Director, Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory). MPSL has been conducting applied toxicology research and monitoring in watersheds, estuaries and coastal waters for over 35 years. The laboratory has a rich history of varied projects ( that include marine bioassay protocol development, toxicity identification evaluation methods development, oil dispersant research, local and statewide toxicity and contaminant monitoring, and development of treatment systems to reduced toxicity and contaminants in urban and agricultural runoff.

The successful candidate with lead efforts to continue a statewide monitoring pilot project to augment the current Stream Pollution Trends Monitoring Program (SPoT SPoT currently monitors sediment toxicity and chemical contamination at 90 stations statewide. The program began in 2008, and has determined clear links among urban land use, sediment pesticide concentrations, and toxicity to the amphipod Hyalella azteca and the midge Chironomus dilutus. SPoT measures sediment toxicity using standard U.S. EPA methods for amphipods and midges, and typically measures sediment contaminants using standard GC/MS and LC/MS methods. The proposed pilot project is expanding on SPoT’s list of monitoring tools to include some form of effects-based tools and non-target chemical analysis to investigate links between sediment toxicity and chemistry, and unknown bioactive contaminants including pesticides and other CECs.


50%: Laboratory Participation and Eventual Management

  • Participate in routine activities related to SPoT and other projects to gain knowledge of daily activities with the goal of managing personnel and projects.
  • Level of participation will depend on level of experience with activities. This will include field sampling and all aspects of laboratory toxicity testing.
  • Become familiar with laboratory infrastructure and participate in maintenance activities.

25%: SPoT Pilot Project Administration

  • Conduct behavioral assays in cooperation with other UC Davis researchers to determine toxicity of extracts produced by non-target analyses.
  • Attend project meetings.
  • Prepare reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

25%: Develop and pursue new research directions related to use of effects-based tools in environmental monitoring, as well as pursue new possibilities for laboratory research and monitoring.

  • Participate in grant and contract preparation
  • Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
Degree Requirement
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (or related field) or equivalent is required with ample experience in aquatic toxicology laboratory by start date
Additional (met by the start date of the position)
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers.
  • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research.
  • Experience with standard U.S. EPA aquatic toxicity testing.
  • Well-developed data processing skills, including experience with R.
  • Management experience.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.

The position is 100% for 12 months initially, may be renewed based on funding and contingent on satisfactory progress.

Review of applications will begin September 14, 2020. The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of January 1, 2021 with some flexibility for the right candidate.

  • To apply, please go to the following link: [].

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter (one page)
  • Contributions to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion statement (one page, guidelines at []
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for 3 references familiar with your work
  • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).

For further information about the position, contact Bryn Phillips [] with 'Postdoctoral research position: SPoT'

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. []

Job location

Monterey, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - (< 1 page)

  • Graduate school transcripts - (unofficial copies acceptable)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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