Employment Opportunities

 

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.

Communications Officer

Recruitment period:

Next review date: January 9, 2017 (Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.)

Final date: February 28, 2017 (Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only   be considered if the position has not yet been filled.)

A Communications Officer position is available at the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The Communications Officer will work with the NCEAS Executive Director, Deputy Director and other NCEAS staff and scientists to administer and expand communication and outreach of Center activities and outputs.  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 Network Communications Office (LTER-NCO), the Ocean Health Index (OHI) and an emerging initiative in support of a Masters in Environmental Data Science (MEDS).  Up to 50% of the time will focus on communication and outreach in support of Ocean Health Index projects in British Columbia, Canada and New England, USA.

Responsibilities:

  • Communicate the impact and success of Center initiatives, inclusive of outputs from working groups, post-docs, and other Center residents
  • Develop and support communication and outreach strategies for partner organizations, policy makers and local stakeholder groups in B.C., Canada and New England, USA about the ongoing Ocean Health Index project
  • Evaluate and improve current communication content and strategy, including
    • website content and presentation
    • media outreach and placement
    • promotional materials
    • social media
  • When needed, hire and manage communication interns

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters in Environmental Science, Ecology, Science Communication or related field
  • 1-2 years work experience in science communication

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in media, journalism, communication, public relations, social media, or other related field;
  • 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;
  • Ability to translate complex scientific information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public;
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations.
  • Experience working in the scientific, policy or NGO communities in B.C. or New England.

Salary and Benefits: Academic Coordinator Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications (Likely $50,578 - $55,095 at 100% time) Full benefits package included.

Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00949
Required Documents to Apply:
• Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated C.V.
• Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position
• List of References: 3 non-peer references (name and contact information only at this point)
• Writing sample

Anticipated Start Date: February 2017

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.


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.