Post Doctoral Researcher, January 2021

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 01, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
General Information

The Goldsmith lab in Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, Orange, CA, seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join a USDA-funded project with a proposed start date of January 2021.

The project is designed to understand the role of stem photosynthesis on physiological performance of avocado varieties in southern California. The main objective of the project is to determine the link between stem photosynthesis and drought tolerance in avocado by understanding the mechanistic link between stem photosynthesis and both water-use efficiency and hydraulic conductivity. The project is split in two phases: 1) phase one includes an ecophysiological survey of avocado cultivars at South Coast Research and Extension Center that seeks to establish the link between stem photosynthetic rate and water-use efficiency; 2) phase two involves a greenhouse experiment where we will modify rates of stem photosynthesis (by differential shading) and determine the effects on hydraulic functioning. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students in support of the project.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Schmid College of Science and Technology. Schmid College of Science and Technology embodies Chapman’s mission of providing students with personalized educational experiences by fostering an outstanding community of teacher-scholars across a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Schmid College’s new 140,000 ft2 home, the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, features state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching spaces, and student collaboration areas. More information on Schmid College of Science and Technology can be found at The Goldsmith lab is housed in the brand-new Keck Center for Science and Engineering and benefits from access to significant resources for carrying out cutting-edge field, greenhouse, and lab experiments. We strive for an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming community. All students and postdoctoral scientists develop individual development plans. More information on the lab can be found at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at



Required qualifications: PhD in plant biology, ecology or similar relevant field with a strong background in plant ecophysiology. Experience measuring plant gas exchange and hydraulic conductivity is strongly preferred. The research involves work in hot and dry conditions during the summer. A valid driver’s license is required.



The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Dr. Gregory Goldsmith, Dr. Eleinis Avila Lovera from the Smithsonian Institute and Research Scientist Dr. Mary Lu Arpaia from the University of California, Riverside, as well as with specialists from the South Coast Research and Extension Center in nearby Irvine. Funding is secured for 18 months, with possibility of extension.

The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to the area in order to complete the field work. We are deeply committed to health and safety given the circumstances of COVID-19.


Contact Information To apply, please provide a letter of interest, a CV, employment application, and a list of three professional contacts sent to:

Dr. Goldsmith and Dr. Avila-Lovera at and

The position will remain open until filled. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.  

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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