Postdoctoral Scholar - Econ. & Environ. Impacts of Gene Editing in Agriculture

Berkeley, California (US)
April 20 2018
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Dr. Matthew D. Potts in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee position starting Spring 2018. The candidate will work on socioeconomic and environmental impacts of gene editing in agriculture in collaboration with Dr. David Zilberman and researchers at the Innovative Genomics Institute. Application of gene editing technology in agricultural presents multiple opportunities for economic and environmental improvement and has the potential to contribute to global development and sustainability targets. However, gene editing is also likely to encounter obstacles because of political objections and regulatory hurdles as well as individual constraints on grower adoption. The postdoctoral scholar will work to: (i) assess the impact of the gene editing technology in agricultural under different conditions for heterogeneous actors, (ii) identify diffusion strategies and agricultural supply chain designs that will allow applications of gene editing technology to move from the lab to the field most effectively and (iii) assess the impact of gene editing technology in agricultural on several dimensions of environmental quality, food security, and economic welfare (surplus to consumers, to farmers of different types, and to industry in different countries).

Basic Qualifications (by time of application)

Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD or equivalent degree program in Ecology, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications (by start date)

  • Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Ecology, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field
  • Demonstrated analytical, statistical, computing and GIS skills

Preferred Qualifications (by start date)

  • Demonstrated background in existing economic and ecological theory and systems-based modeling approaches
  • Capacity in quantitative modeling and capacity to conduct quantitative impact assessment
  • Ability to produce high quality scientific results with limited direct guidance
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team


The targeted start date for this position is Spring 2018. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based funding and performance. This is a full-time appointment.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience level and based on UC Berkeley salary

scales. The annual salary range for this position is $48,216 to $56,400. Generous benefits are included:

To Apply


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

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Matthew Potts at

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.