Employment Opportunities



Postdoctoral Researcher

Global potential and best practices for sustainable offshore aquaculture

NCEAS is seeking a post-doc as part of a recently funded SNAP project addressing sustainable production and best practices in global offshore aquaculture. SNAP (Science for Nature and People) 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.

The post-doctoral researcher will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA and will lead or be centrally involved in: 1) a review of high-value aquaculture (e.g. shrimp, salmon) and related key offshore species (e.g., cobia) to determine best practices and assess the role of certification in sustainability; 2) identifying and mapping globally areas with the greatest potential for ‘smart aquaculture’; 3) working with 2-3 case study locations to test best practices and enabling conditions with a focus on innovative offshore operations; 4) developing and testing different future scenarios for aquaculture growth with preliminary action plans for key geographies, and 5) full participation in the SNAP Working Group (see website for group membership). This full time position offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 1 year with the high probability of an additional year. The successful candidate will be directly mentored by Ben Halpern and integrated with his research lab and work closely with Dietmar Grimm, Managing Director for Conservation Strategy at TNC.

The working group affiliated with this project is comprised of global leaders in aquaculture and marine resource management from academia, industry, agencies and NGOs, offering a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with a diverse set of thought leaders. Interaction with other NCEAS residents and related SNAP working groups will provide additional opportunities.



  • PhD in coastal ecology, natural resource economics, or related discipline
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and complex information
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to design, manage, and help lead workshops to bring disparate groups to consensus
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge in policy, economics, and/or other social science relevant to the coastal zone


  • Strong publication record
  • Experience working with groups outside of academia (industry, NGOs, etc.)

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: One year with the possibility of a second year.

SALARY RANGE: $47,000/year - $57,000/year, commensurate with qualifications and experience

POSITION AVAILABLE: Start date May 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

TO APPLY: Applicants should send: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) a one-page statement of research interests, and 3) contact information for three references to: proposals [at] nceas.ucsb.edu. You will receive an email that your electronic submission has been received; please inquire if you do not receive verification.

CLOSING DATE: Prefernce will be given to applications received by March 16, 2015.
Position is open until filled.

Director of Development, NCEAS

UC Santa Barbara seeks a dynamic and charismatic leader as Director of Development (Director) for National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS). As the leader for NCEAS fundraising, the Director directs and manages a complex and ambitious fundraising program, leads and oversees all levels of fundraising activities and provides vision and strategic counsel to the NCEAS Director, as well as other campus leaders and the Foundation.

A complete list of the desired qualifications and characteristics for the Director of Development can be found at UCSB NCEAS Director of Development.pdf.

The Role of the Director of Development, NCEAS
This University Major Gifts Development Officer serves as Director of Development ("Director") for NCEAS, a vibrant university research center addressing the world’s major environmental challenges. This unique Center provides a dynamic career opportunity for those interested in both the science and policy of the environmental arena. The Director of Development will utilize their passion for the environment in achieving the goals and objectives of NCEAS. The Director of Development works to optimize philanthropic support for NCEAS, in response to priorities established by the NCEAS Director. As a member of the Development Office staff, fund raising efforts are devoted primarily to NCEAS with the remaining time to other University initiatives, as appropriate. The Director also serves as a member of the Ecological & Environmental Sciences Development team.

Major Functions and Responsibilities
The Director focuses about eighty percent time on major gift ($100k+) fund-raising activities. Twenty percent is focused on other activities related to fund raising, including some lower level gift solicitations, and administrative duties such as planning, coordinating, and executing aspects of the NCEAS development program.

With regard to major gift fund raising, the Director is responsible for designing and executing planned strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing, and stewardship of gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Director works personally with top donor prospects and supports the NCEAS Director, other NCEAS leaders, affiliated program directors, and volunteers in top prospect relationships, in order to maximize philanthropic support for NCEAS and UCSB, raising gifts to meet identified fund raising priorities. The Director works to ensure that all aspects of his/her development program are internally consistent, thematically related, and compatible with the policies and priorities of NCEAS, the Development Office and University.

Inquiries, Nominations, and Applications
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants should file three separate documents: a detailed letter of application, a cover letter; and a curriculum vita or resume. Please reference Director of Development, NCEAS Job #20140416. For more information see: UCSB NCEAS Director of Development.pdf.


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.