Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPFP)

The UC Davis Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

UC Davis Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellows are selected from the pool of applicants for the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The UC Davis Program partners with sister programs sponsored by the UC Office of the President, the University of Michigan, and other UC campuses.

2022-23 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows

Shruti Paranjape

Shruti Paranjape, Ph.D. 

Fellowship Research Topic: Theoretical high energy physics focuses on aspects of scatterings amplitudes in quantum field theory​​​​​

Department: Physics and Astronomy 
Mentor: Mukund Rangamani, Professor of Physics and Astronomy

QMAP postdoctoral researcher, Shruti Paranjape is a 2022-2023 UC Davis Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow. Paranjape completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Henriette Elvang from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2021. She works on understanding fundamental interactions using on-shell scattering amplitude techniques. Her recent focus is on using these methods to explore the relationship between massive gravity models and supersymmetry.  Her other projects include extending geometric techniques to compute scattering amplitudes beyond the planar level. 

Paranjape has been an active member of  the Fields, Strings, and Gravity research group, helping organize the CA Amplitudes Meeting 2022, the recently concluded Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting 2022, and the FSG seminars. She is also engaged in science outreach and is a founding member of the Theory Girls Podcast.

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Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson, Ph.D. 

Fellowship Research Topic: Freshwater impacts on ecosystem vulnerability to ocean acidification along the U.S. West Coast​​​​​

Department: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Mentor: Tessa Hill, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Rachel earned her bachelor's degree English from Rice University; a master's degree in civil engineering​ from Rice University; a master's degree in international politics from Trinity College Dublin; and a doctorate in environment and resources from Stanford University. She wrote her dissertation on coral refugia in the coastal zone: habitat conditions and governance strategies to increase coral resilience in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

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Frank Mondelli, Ph.D. 

Fellowship Research Topic: Japanese and transnational media, disability, and technology.

Department: Science and Technology Studies 

Mentor: Emily Merchant, Professor of Science and Technology Studies

Frank Mondelli, PhD is a historian of Japanese and transnational media, disability, and technology. He is currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis, where he is working on his book project on Japanese videogames and disability. He holds a PhD degree from Stanford and a BA from Swarthmore College. His research has been supported by several grants and awards, such as the Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant and the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship Program. You can access many of his publications through his page.

Outside of research, Frank advocates for Deaf and disability access in a variety of contexts. He has worked for disability rights at Stanford in a variety of positions, such as ASSU Executive Disability Advocacy Co-Director and Executive Director of the Abilities Hub, Stanford’s disability community space. He is also a consultant on assistive technology startups in the Bay Area.

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2022-23 UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows at UC Davis

2021-22 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow Continuing in 2022-23

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Connie Abril Rojas, Ph.D. 

Fellowship Research Topic: Evolution and Function of Scent Gland Microbiomes Across the Felid Phylogeny

Department: Evolution and Ecology

Mentor: Jonathan Eisen, Ph.D.

Connie Abril Rojas, Ph.D. is  a postdoctoral researcher in the Eisen lab, investigating the evolution and function of scent gland microbiomes across the Felidae phylogeny.  Rojas obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from Michigan State University (MSU). Her doctoral work identified the socioecological predictors of microbiome variation in wild African mammals, and elucidated potential functional contributions of microbiomes to host behavior and physiology.  She is interested in teaching, and taught biology courses as a TA. She also completed a teaching fellowship and received a Certificate in College Teaching from MSU. While in grad school, Rojas was heavily involved in efforts to assist the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students. In all areas of her work, she strives to help her community and be a great mentor to others. Rojas ultimately hopes to become a tenure-track professor at a research university.

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Mirian G. Martinez-Aranda, Ph.D.

Fellowship Research Topic: The Effects of Immigration Detention on US-Citizen Family Members

Department: Sociology

Mentors: Caitlin Patler, Ph.D. and Erin Hamilton, Ph.D.

Mirian Martinez-Aranda is a chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Davis. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2021. Her research examines the social, material, and health consequences of immigration detention on immigrants, families, and communities. She is also a former National Science Foundation and Marvin Hoffenberg fellow with the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Her work has been published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Law and Society Review. Dr. Martinez-Aranda is currently working on her book which examines the experiences of immigrants after they are released from detention, to show how immigration enforcement policies constrain and shape the lives of formerly detained immigrants as they experience family reunification, community incorporation, life under ICE surveillance, and engagement with the immigration legal system. 

Update: Martinez-Aranda has accepted a tenure track assistant professorship at UC Irvine in the Sociology department. Martinez-Aranda will begin at UC Irvine on July 1, 2023.

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Other Recent Postdoctoral Fellows

2020-2021 Fellows

Vladimir Emiliano Diaz-Ochoa, Microbiology
Alyssa J. Griffin, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Prashanth S. Venkataram, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2019-2020 Fellows

Sassoum Lo, Plant Sciences
Kali Rubali, Anthropology

Application Details

The UC Davis Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow is selected from the pool of applicants for the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The mentor’s letter should address the department’s future hiring plans and the applicant’s potential for appointment at UC Davis.

  • Eligibility
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship.  Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions or limitations.  Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.
  • Evaluation and Selection
  • Candidates in all fields are evaluated by faculty reviewers in their own fields and in related fields. Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates according to their academic accomplishments, the strength of their research proposal, and their potential for faculty careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their teaching, research and service. Faculty reviewers also may consider the mentor's potential to work productively with the candidate and commitment to gender equity and diversity in higher education. Final selections may be made by faculty review panels or senior academic administrators (provost, vice provost, vice chancellor). Evaluation and selection details for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 
  • Awards, Salary, and Tenure
  •  Awards will be announced in April-May and be made to applicants who show promise for tenure-track appointments on the UC Davis campus. Each award is for a 12-month period in residence, renewable for one year upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in program events. All salaries will be in accordance with the UC Davis Salary Scale for Postdoctoral Scholars.   The award includes health insurance, vision and dental benefits, paid sick leave, maternity leave, and four weeks of paid time off. It also provides up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  •   President's and Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship FAQ