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Communications Officer: Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National Communications Office

Description

The National Science Foundation's LTER Program was established in 1980 to study ecological processes operating on decadal-to-century time scales. The program now includes a network of 25 diverse sites and engages thousands of researchers and students. The mission of the newly created LTER National Communications Office (LNCO) is to foster and coordinate research, education, and outreach activities across the LTER Network. The LNCO Chief Communications Officer will lead LNCO communications activities to enhance awareness and understanding of LTER research and applications both within the LTER community and across diverse constituencies and stakeholders.

Job Description:

This individual will have lead responsibility for developing and coordinating communications across the LTER network, will serve as the point of contact between the LNCO and LTER community, supervise communications and outreach staff and interns, and work with the LNCO Director and other team members to ensure that all communication functions of the LNCO are operating efficiently and effectively. Key audiences for communications and synthesis efforts include: LTER network of scientists, NSF funding officers and LTER governance, the scientific community at large, and the public.

Responsibilities:
• Develop and maintain close working familiarity with the LTER network of scientists and key stakeholders;
• Collaborate in development and implementation of a high-impact LNCO communications strategy;
• Promote the mission and research and education accomplishments of the LTER network;
• Train and supervise 3-4 part time professional graduate science communication interns who will assist in communication activities;
• Oversee design and implementation of an LNCO website, develop website content, oversight of Twitter and other social media;
• Cultivate and coordinate media outreach and placement;
• Collaborate with staff at LTER sites to develop communication and promotional materials for the LTER Network;
• Coordinate communications efforts and foster collaboration with and among LTER sites, and with the broader research and education community;
• Collaborate in use of innovative virtual interaction strategies to enable communication and strengthen relationships among LTER sites;
• Evaluate the success and efficacy of communication materials and strategies;
• Support outreach and education events and general program promotion.
• Collaborate with other LNCO lead staff in research, education and training; and program evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Four or more years as a communications professional, or comparable relevant experience;
• Demonstrated effectiveness in media, journalism, communication, public relations, social media, or other related field, proven success with the high profile media;
• Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances accessibility and usability;
• Expertise with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, new platforms for science publishing, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms;
• Familiarity with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software.

Additional Qualifications:
• Familiarity with ecological science and environmental issues;
• PhD or Masters degree in science communication, environmental communication, science journalism, environmental science or a related field;
• Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations;
• Ability to manage several projects/tasks at the same time;
• Able to work well with a wide range of constituencies, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities;
• Able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
• Ability to translate complex scientific information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public

Requirements

Please apply online at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00539.  You will need your most recently updated curriculum vitae, cover letter and three references (contact information only)

 

Science Software Engineers

Job description

We seek two talented Science Software Engineers to join our open science team to create a software infrastructure enabling ecological and environmental synthesis at global scales. Projects focus on federated approaches to share and manage scientific data, analysis code, and other products to enable open, reproducible science and facilitate synthetic research. Projects will include building software for data analysis and integration in systems like R and Matlab that incorporate modern approaches to semantics and provenance modeling. Current and past projects have built systems like the KNB Data Repository, the DataONE federation of repositories, the Kepler scientific workflow system, and Ecological Metadata Language, among others.

Photo by Damien Gadal under the CC 2.0 license.

Principal duties include: systems analysis, design, and development for server, web-based, and desktop scientific data management and analysis applications; web-design and development for web sites; creation of end-user documentation and training materials; community outreach and training. Research projects are conducted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara.

Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed. Different from the scientific tradition of solitary lab or fieldwork, NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale.

NCEAS is located in downtown Santa Barbara, just a 10-minute walk away from the beach, and in a beautiful city filled with activities--downtown, on the beaches, and in the mountains. Read more about the NCEAS Informatics program and team.

Photo by David McSpadden under the CC 2.0 license.

 

Minimum Requirements

We're most interested in individuals with creativity and enthusiasm to advance open science, including all aspects of open data, open software, and open access publishing specifically supporting the earth and environmental sciences. The position requires expertise in software design and development using modern programming languages (e.g., Python, Java, C) for desktop and web application design and development (e.g., HTML, Javascript, JSON, XML, CSS, XSLT). Requires expertise in design and development using relational database systems. Requires experience with server (e.g., Linux) and desktop operating systems (e.g., Windows, Mac OS X) for cross platform application development. Requires thorough understanding of network, Internet, and web programming, and expertise with using software development systems, including build systems (e.g., maven, make, Eclipse), source code control systems (e.g., svn, git), and bug tracking systems. Requires excellent communication skills, including the ability to write end-user documentation about highly technical systems in a manner understandable and compelling to ecological and environmental scientists. Bachelor's degree required, preferably in computer science or an ecology/earth/environmental science field.

Desirable Requirements

Experience in or exposure to ecological and environmental science research is desirable, as is background and understanding of statistical analysis and modeling (e.g., in R, Matlab), and approaches to manipulating geospatial data. Experience with software application development for science, including familiarity with statistical, modeling, and geospatial data programming tools and techniques is desirable. In addition, understanding of and experience with technologies for provenance tracking (W3C PROV), the semantic web (e.g., RDF, OWL) and the Linked Open Data web are highly desirable.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Conditions of Employment

Position is part of grant-funded research, and so continuation beyond 1.5 years depends on future funding availability. This employment opportunity is for two open positions.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with the UCSB job application via the UCSB Human Resources web site (job #20150224). Apply by May 22, 2015 for first consideration, thereafter open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

 


Postdoctoral Researcher

Multi-objective planning for ecosystem services, biodiversity and economic development

We are seeking a researcher who will be based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara to participate in the project, “Land-use Change and Conservation Policy in Brazil and the US for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Economic Returns.”  Funded through Science for Nature and People (SNAP), the project will develop and apply spatially explicit, integrated models of land-use change, habitat for biodiversity, ecosystem service provision and economic productivity in Brazil and the United States with the goal of identifying spatial arrangements of land use that are optimal with respect to multiple objectives. 

The project is led by Dr. Stephen Polasky (University of Minnesota), Dr. Derric Pennington (World Wildlife Fund), Dr. Joe Fargione (The Nature Conservancy), Dr. Carlos Cesar Durigan (Wildlife Conservation Society), and Dr. Andrew Plantinga (University of California, Santa Barbara), and involves a multi-disciplinary Working Group with participants from the U.S. and Brazil.  The successful applicant will work within the group to 1) assemble data on land use, determinants of land use, and ecosystem services, 2) develop land-use models, 3) integrate land-use models with models of ecosystem service provision, 4) write research papers, 5) interact with working group participants, and 6) organize the content of and help to facilitate working group meetings.  Dr. Andrew Plantinga at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will serve as the immediate supervisor and mentor. This full time position offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 18 months with the possibility of an additional 6 months.

SNAP is a collaborative venture of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to create a fundamentally different way to identify and tackle large-scale ecological challenges that threaten the integrity of nature and human well-being (www.snap.is).

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in ecology, geography, economics, regional planning, operations research, or other relevant field
  • Strong spatial analytical skills
  • Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and complex information
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience developing and/or familiarity with using complex databases
  • Familiarity with Amazonian forest ecosystems or North American sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Required Documents to Apply

To apply please prepare and uploace your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and a list of three non-peer references.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 18 months with the possibility of an additional 6 months.

SALARY RANGE: $50,000/year - $58,000/year, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2015.

TO APPLY: Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00482

CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled.

The department 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.

 


Assistant Specialist Position

Assistance Specialist Position with the Arctic Options Research Team
NCEAS, Santa Barbara, CA

This multi-year project is an NSF-funded collaborative research project whose objective is to develop and demonstrate a science-guided process that will enhance the practice of governance for sustainability in Arctic coastal-marine systems. This international effort involves interdisciplinary data aggregation; geospatial analysis to reveal plausible development scenarios, international workshops to generate infrastructure and policy options, and applications to current issues of Arctic governance.

Responsibilities:

  • Discover, gather, manage and analyze spatial and time-series data and associated metadata using already developed and novel approaches with R, Python and ArcGIS
  • Maintain detailed, organized and clear documentation for all data analyses and products
  • Lead writing efforts for publications in scientific journals
  • Produce maps for a variety of audiences including scientific publications, reports, presentations and communication material

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in environmental science or related field with a coastal or marine focus
  • Extremely strong programming skills in R with experience using data packages such as dplyr, reshape, tidyr as well as data visualization with ggplot, ggvis, Shiny, Leaflet and others
  • Experience performing spatial analyses in R using packages such as raster, sp, rgdal and more
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Python, SQL
  • Familiarity with GitHub, markdown
  • Ability to multi-task

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Record of publications in scientific journals

Start date is negotiable, but ideally June 1, 2015.

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit

Required Documents to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three references

The department 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.


Projects Data Coordinator

NCEAS, Santa Barbara, CA

The Projects Data Coordinator manages ecologically and environmentally relevant data from funded projects at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The coordinator contacts data providers and consults the literature to gather metadata to make the data understandable and useful for synthesis activities. The coordinator also performs a wide variety of analysis and modeling activities to assess and remedy data quality issues, as well as characterize and visualize data for synthesis. The Projects Data Coordinator works closely with the Director of Informatics Research and Development to identify issues that need attention to streamline the data management process, with NCEAS' Scientific Programmer's to identify fruitful approaches to data analysis and visualization, and with scientists from targeted projects to gather data and metadata.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental, ecological, or related science fields
  • An understanding of data management issues and procedures
  • Demonstrable analysis and modeling skills in modern statistics and modeling frameworks
  • Must have some experience working in one or more scripted statistical frameworks such as R or Matlab
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English allowing communication of complex technical topics to a science audience

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree or other higher degree in environmental, ecological, or related science fields
  • Extensive knowledge and skill in data management, R, statistics, and modeling
  • Understanding of programming in any language

Salary range: $42,144 - $48,048 per year depending on experience

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit

Required Documents to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V
Cover Letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position
Name and contact information for three non-peer references

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.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.