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Deputy Director

Job description

The Deputy Director position is available at the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). NCEAS facilitates synthesis research and collaboration in environmental science, ecology, and environmental data science, conducted as part of research initiatives led by NCEAS and Center Fellows. Center-level initiatives include the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), the Long Term Ecological Research National Communications Office (LTER-NCO), State of Alaska Salmon and People (SASAP), TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project, and an emerging initiative in support of a Masters in Environmental Data Science (MEDS). Each year NCEAS hosts more than 500 visiting scientists and practitioners and over 30 resident scientists, including an estimated 10 post-doctoral associates, 8 Center Fellows, and 15 Researchers, and has a staff of approximately 25 administrative, scientific computing and informatics staff coordinated by the Executive Director and Deputy Director. The resident scientist community will grow over the next few years.

The Deputy Director will work with the NCEAS Executive Director, the SNAPP Executive Director, other Initiative Directors, and other NCEAS staff and scientists to support and promote the mission of the Center. As part of the role in support of SNAPP, s/he will also serve as SNAPP Deputy Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Support project reporting and administration for Center-led initiatives, in particular for SNAPP as SNAPP Deputy Director (up to 70% time), TomKat Carbon Neutrality, SASAP, and MEDS (expected 2017)
  • Provide financial oversight (in collaboration with financial managers at partner organizations)
  • Coordinate and compile mid-term and final reports from project activities (in particular working groups and post-docs)
  • Liaison between working group PIs, Project Directors at NCEAS, and other SNAPP staff as needed
  • Manage RFP processes and interactions with SNAPP Science Advisory Council
  • Manage inquiries
  • Assign proposals to SAC
  • Work with funded PIs to revise and finalize proposed activities
  • Follow up with all proposal PIs
  • Serve as a key member of the SNAPP Management Team, helping provide strategic direction
  • Collaborate with SNAPP Director on SNAPP Board of Directors reporting, meeting coordination, and preparing Board packets
  • Track expenses and budget (in collaboration with NCEAS Business Officer)
  • Coordinate logistics (in collaboration with NCEAS Events and Travel Coordinators)
  • Collaborate with SNAPP Executive Director in development of legally binding SNAPP agreement across principal and consortium partners
  • Lead production of project reports (project summary, working group stats, post-doc outcomes, etc.) to funding agencies/partners
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, develops new funding initiatives to support NCEAS activities, including writing grant proposals
  • Responsible for a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Center’s scope and detailed daily workings. Represent NCEAS and SNAPP at national and international meetings and conferences, when necessary

 

Minimum Qualifications: Masters in Environmental Science, Ecology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications: 3-5 years work experience in a related field with project management and reporting responsibilities; Demonstrated experience in developing budgets and tracking expenses in Excel and related systems; Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication, including the ability to deliver effective presentations to diverse audiences and be an effective spokesperson for NCEAS and SNAPP initiatives; Outstanding organizational skills; 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, academic institutions, and community representatives; Able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively; and Experience in grant-writing, in particular to government agencies and foundations.

How to Apply

Open until filled. Next review date is November 14, 2016 with a final review date of December 31, 2016. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00862

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.

Scientific Programmer

Job description

NCEAS seeks a scientific programmer to consult with and advise NCEAS' researchers on efficient, appropriate, and powerful computational and informatics approaches for advancing scientific investigations; develop, test, and support analyses and informatics products using best-of-class and open-science inspired technologies; instruct and assist in use of these solutions; and work with NCEAS' developers and cyberinfrastructure collaborators to optimize interoperability and long-term sustainability of these codebases and datasets as generalized resources for ecological and conservation science researchers.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree or higher in ecology, earth and environmental sciences, conservation sciences or related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong quantitative background in analysis, statistics, programming, and database development. Strong familiarity with collecting, organizing and analyzing natural science data, especially relative to ecological, conservation, and geospatial data. Proficiency working with one or more of the following software programs or languages: R, Python, SQL, SAS, Matlab, ArcGIS, GRASS/GDAL, Javascript, JSON, C/C++, Java, HTML, XML and RDF. Candidates with backgrounds in engineering/computer sciences will also be considered if complemented by strong prior experience organizing and analyzing earth, conservation, and environmental science data. Must have exceptionally strong communication skills, and work well with other scientist/researchers in intensive face-to-face and remote collaborations.

Desired Requirements: Advanced degree in ecology, conservation science, or related earth/environmental science field, or engineering degree with a strong applied focus on analyzing earth science data. Advanced quantitative skills in statistical and informatics areas, especially relative to modeling of earth/atmospheric/hydrological/biodiversity data, facilitating data integration, semantic web technologies, and data and text-mining approaches.

How to Apply

Open until filled. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé along with your online application at https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job #20160505.

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.

 

Training and Outreach Coordinator

Job description

The Training and Outreach Coordinator manages a training and outreach program to support synthesis research and open science at NCEAS, including programs for the Arctic Data Center, the LTER Network Communications Office (NCO), and other NCEAS initiatives. The coordinator is responsible for facilitating, coordinating, designing, conducting, and integrating multiple training and outreach initiatives across programs (such as NCEAS' Open Science for Synthesis trainings, and data science trainings for Arctic science researchers and LTER researchers). This individual works closely with the Principal Investigators for the Arctic Data Center, the NCO, and other programs to successfully build a nationally-recognized training and outreach program that meets the needs of NCEAS’ funded projects as well as the broader ecological research and communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, design, and deliver training in open science serving the needs of NCEAS, the Arctic Data Center, the Network Communications Office, and other programs;
  • Collaborate on and develop training content and community training resources to be shared openly via the Arctic Data Center web site and other mechanisms;
  • Support outreach and general program promotion for the Arctic Data Center;
  • Partner with other community programs (e.g., Data Carpentry) on the development of cross-cutting training programs, resources, and funding;
  • Contribute to proposal writing to enhance the open science training mission at NCEAS;
  • Lead a team in delivery of a community-wide training and outreach program;
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate interns working on training and outreach projects;
  • Contribute to and participate in training events for the LTER Network Communications Office serving the broader LTER community;
  • Develop and conduct assessments and usability evaluations for tools, services and trainings;
  • Collaborate with other staff in research, education, and training; and program evaluation.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Required M.S. degree in science, information science, or other relevant field; Experience with training and development of training curricula.

Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication; Outstanding organizational skills; Able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively; Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances accessibility and usability; Ability to manage several projects at the same time; Ability to translate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public; Expertise in data science and research computing, including programming in one or more research computing languages (e.g., R); Expertise with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, new platforms for science publishing, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong preference for terminal degree (e.g., PhD) in science, information science, or other relevant field; prior experience and success with grant proposal writing; strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations; able to work well with a wide range of constituencies, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities; expertise with open science platforms such as GitHub; familiarity with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software; experience with survey and other assessment methodologies; experience with research in ecological, environmental, and/or sociological research.

How to Apply

Open until filled. Next review date is November 4, 2016 with a final review date of December 31, 2016. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00868

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.

Projects Data Coordinator

Job description

The Projects Data Coordinator manages ecologically and environmentally relevant data for projects at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), including for the Arctic Data Center, the Data Task Forces For Better Synthesis Studies, and other funded projects. 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 Programmers to identify fruitful approaches to data analysis and visualization, and with scientists from targeted projects to gather data and metadata. The Coordinator also organizes and mentors graduate student interns who contribute to the data management goals of the Center, and participates in data science training activities.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master's degree or equivalent in environmental, ecological, related science fields, or data and information sciences.

Desirable Qualifications: Some experience working in one or more scripted statistical frameworks such as R or Matlab, and experience with data management.

Preferred Qualifications: A PhD in environmental, ecological, related science fields, or data and information sciences. Extensive knowledge and skill in data management, R, statistics, and modeling. Excellent writing and speaking skills in English allowing communication of complex technical topics to a science audience. Understanding of other programming languages.

How to Apply

Open until filled. Next review date is October 31, 2016 with a final review date of November 23, 2016. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00865

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.