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University of California – Berkeley

U.C. Berkeley has a post-doctoral research position available to examine the long-term costs of ongoing urban development on fire-prone landscapes. The over-arching goal is to elucidate the links between fire ecology, land use patterns, and climate change on Californians, with a special focus on the economic cost of protecting human health and safety. This position is funded through a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, and there is support for both original research and the organization of a working group on this topic. The post-doc will work closely with Dr. Max Moritz (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department), as well as Dr. David Ganz and Dr. Rebecca Shaw (The Nature Conservancy)

Title: Post-doctoral Researcher

Description: Post-doctoral position in economics related to land use planning and urban development on fire-prone landscapes of California. Responsibilities include cost-benefit analysis of land development patterns, urban growth projections, fire suppression, fire hazard mitigation, home losses, habitat degradation and restoration, ecosystem services, and other issues related to the expanding wildland-urban interface (WUI) and a changing climate; publishing research results in peer-reviewed journal articles is expected, as is organizing working group participants for this project. Some technical assistance is available (e.g., spatial data processing), but strong quantitative skills will be employed on regular basis. This is a full time position within the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley; there will also be very close interaction with The Nature Conservancy’s California Program. Appointment February 2011 to September 2012, with possible extension. Salary $45K – $50K annually, depending on qualifications and experience. The position includes health and vacation benefits. Some travel is required.

Qualifications: A completed Ph.D. in environmental economics, natural resource economics, or related field (e.g., ecology, natural resource management, or public policy, but with economic training). Strong quantitative and computer skills required; excellent written and verbal communications skills required. Training and experience in geographic information systems, fire modeling, urban planning, and/or policy analysis is desirable. Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team.

To apply: Send electronic copies of (1) curriculum vitae; (2) names and contact information (phone, email, address) for three to five references; and (3) reprints of up to three publications to: Dr. Max Moritz, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, 137 Mulford Hall MC 3114, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114, (please cc Application deadline is January 17, 2011.

Please refer to the University’s statement on confidentiality ( The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Contact to ApplyDr. Max Moritz
University of California – Berkeley
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management,
137 Mulford Hall MC 3114
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114



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