Employment Opportunities

Current Job Openings

Candidates for the jobs listed below must apply through UC Santa Barbara at the provided link. 

NCEAS is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Data Fellows

NCEAS invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary Data Fellows (Junior Specialist positions) to engage in data science projects relating to environmental science. These projects may include organization and analysis of data sets, developing software and libraries in support of ecological synthesis and data science projects, and/or creating learning curricula for enhance data literacy across the community.

Application deadline: 03/31/20 for full consideration; open until 10/31/20

Apply at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01755


Science Communication Liaison

NCEAS and COMPASS, a science communication nonprofit, are seeking a full-time Science Communication Liaison to expand the reach and impact of science produced at NCEAS and support COMPASS’s work to champion, connect, and support diverse science leaders to improve the well-being of people and nature. You will be embedded within and based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA, working closely with members of the COMPASS team, both in-person and remotely. 

Application deadline: 03/15/20 for full consideration; open until 05/31/20

Apply at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01754


Tenure Track Teaching Faculty in Environmental Data Science

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, in partnership with NCEAS, invites applications for a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) position, to start July 1, 2020. This position will support the newly formed Master's of Environmental Data Science program, with activites and instruction at both NCEAS and Bren. A LPSOE is a tenure-track faculty member whose primary responsibility is teaching and teaching-related tasks and secondary responsibility is professional and/or scholarly achievement and activities, especially as they relate to instruction and pedagogy. LPSOEs also have responsibility for University and public service.

Application deadline: 03/06/20 for full consideration; open until 07/01/20

Apply at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01728


Project Data Coordinator

This position will manage ecologically and environmentally relevant data from the Arctic Data Center and other funded projects, working closely with the Director of Informatics Research and Development and NCEAS' Scientific Programmers.

Application deadline: 01/04/20 for first review; open until filled.

Apply at jobs.ucsb.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=194453   


Postdoctoral Scholar, Economic Modeling

This position is funded by NCEAS and will be based at the Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab) at UC Santa Barbara. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in environmental or resource economics with excellent empirical and structural modeling skills, and may also have an interest in food systems and conservation. 

Application deadline: 12/15/19 for first review; final date: 02/29/20

Apply at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01696



Science Communication Fellowship

Our Science Communication Fellowship is a paid fellowship that is open to all UCSB graduate students. It provides the opportunity to build professional experience in communicating the value of science for solutions to pressing environmental challenges. Learn more


Data Internships

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at UC Santa Barbara who wants to learn best practices in data science and open science, while contributing to real synthesis research projects?

NCEAS data internships include training, mentorship, and the opportunity to collaborate with scientists. Most internships will include working with GitHub, R/RStudio/RMarkdown, or Python/Jupyter Notebooks. Interns are paid an hourly wage and must work at NCEAS' office in downtown Santa Barbara.

We regularly hire data interns to support the following initiatives*:

Working Group Support

No open positions at this time

Support the management and analysis of environmental data for working groups of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. More details

Ocean Health Index

No open positions at this time

Learn how to weave open data science principles into marine science and conservation. More details  

Arctic Data Center

No open positions at this time

Learn new data management tools by documenting and archiving important ecological, physical, and social data from research projects focused on environmental issues (e.g., climate, fisheries, wildlife, geochemistry, etc.) in Alaska and the Arctic. More details.

*If you are applying to more than one internship at the same time, please indicate that in your cover letter.