Employment Opportunities

 

Data-Limited Fisheries - Associate Specialist

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) invites applicants for a one-year appointment at 100%-time as an Associate Specialist Position with the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Data-Limited Fisheries Management project. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with scientists and conservation practitioners from The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

This multi-year effort is a collaborative research project whose objective is to develop and implement FishPath, an integrated framework to guide fisheries management decision-making in data- and/or capacity- limited fisheries. The working group affiliated with this project is comprised of global leaders in fishery science and marine resource management from academia, government and NGOs. Our team is hiring a quantitative modeler/assessment scientist that is fluent in Spanish to lead these efforts primarily in Peru and Mexico, with likely expansion to other countries in the region (e.g., Chile, Caribbean).

Responsibilities:
• Work with The Nature Conservancy’s global team to build fisheries science and management capacity in target countries.
• Lead weeklong training workshops in host countries with government/fisheries agency staff and TNC conservation practitioners.
• Build training modules for fisheries science and data limited stock assessment.
• Assist Peruvian and Mexican scientists, practitioners and TNC staff in fisheries modeling, stock assessment and on-the water demonstration of management improvements.
• Assist TNC scientists and program staff to demonstrate fisheries management improvements in association with local fishing communities.
• Perform data limited stock assessments and data analyses and prepare scientific reports.
• Publish findings in the peer reviewed literature in collaboration with government and TNC program staff.
• Coordinate scientific efforts with TNC country programs and government fishery scientists.
• Design, manage, and help lead trainings and workshops
• Travel internationally up to 33% time
• Take initiative and works independently and as part of a team

Qualifications

Minimum
• PhD (or Master’s Degree + 5 years of experience) in fishery science or related discipline
• Record of publications in scientific journals related to fishery science (e.g. stock assessment, population dynamics, management strategy evaluation, etc.)

Additional
• Fluent in Spanish
• Extremely strong programming skills in R with experience using data packages, visualization packages, and fisheries specific packages
• Strong knowledge of data-limited stock assessments, including methods and requirements

Preferred
• Demonstrated experience leading and teaching instructional courses in fisheries science

Location:
• Approximately 66% time in Santa Barbara, CA at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
• Travel is expected for up to 33% of the time working on case studies in Mexico and Peru, with additional likely case studies developing in Chile, and the Caribbean.

For full consideration, please apply by 1/31/17. Otherwise, open until filled.  Preferred start date is March 1, 2017.

Salary and Benefits: Associate Specialist Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. Full time appointment for one year from start date, with possibility of additional one-year appointment. Full benefits package included.

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00951

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.

 

NCEAS Postdoctoral Researcher: Managing Soil Carbon

NCEAS seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Scholar position as part of a recently funded SNAPP working group project aimed at developing quantitative targets to manage soil organic matter for environmental and human outcomes. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is a collaboration between 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 challenges that threaten the integrity of nature and human wellbeing.

The post-doctoral researcher will be integrally involved in: 1) analysis to determine “hot spots” of potential to build up soil organic matter in California rangelands and Midwestern row crop agriculture; 2) an empirical literature review to predictively quantify environmental and human benefits of soil organic matter for two Nature Conservancy programs—California rangelands and the Soil Health Partnership, a collaboration between the Conservancy and the National Corn Growers Association to promoted sustainable soil management practices in the Midwest; 3) working with TNC staff and other practitioners to develop specific strategies to manage soil for environmental and human outcomes in California and through the Soil Health Partnership; and 4) participation in the SNAPP working group meetings.

The successful candidate will work with workshop PI Stephen Wood and participant Mark Bradford, both at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The SNAPP working group is comprised of global leaders in soil science, rangeland management, agriculture, and economics from academia, government, and NGOs, offering a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with a diverse set of thought leaders. More information on the working group can be found here: http://snappartnership.net/groups/managing-soil-carbon/.

RESIDENCY AT NCEAS:
NCEAS (nceas.ucsb.edu) is a unique research center at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara. The Center is known for fostering collaboration and data driven analysis. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects across a diverse range of initiatives. Postdocs contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere of the Center.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum
• PhD in soil ecology, ecosystem ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or related discipline

Additional
• Strong experience with applied issues related to soil in agriculture, rangelands, and conservation
• Strong interdisciplinary experience with fields relevant to soil conservation, especially economics
• Strong analytical skills, including expertise in R and some familiarity with spatial analysis
• 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

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

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:
One year with the possibility of reappointment.

SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Full benefits package included

POSITION AVAILABLE:
Start date Spring or Summer 2017.

TO APPLY:
Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00921

Primary consideration given to completed applications submitted by January 31, 2017. Otherwise, open until filled

Required Documents to Apply:
• Curriculum Vitae
• A one-page statement of professional interests and expertise
• 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.

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.