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Postdoctoral Researcher Position: State of Alaska's Salmon and People Synthesis at NCEAS

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) invites applicants for a 100% time Postdoctoral scholar position to support synthesis research and working group collaboration for a new project – State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP). The position will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA with the regular travel to Alaska anticipated. The SASAP project is jointly led by Dr. Frank Davis, NCEAS and Dr. Ian Dutton, Nautilus Impact Investing.

SASAP consists of multiple working groups of experts funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to provide an up-to-date interdisciplinary perspective on Alaska’s salmon systems and the people who rely upon them. Our mission is to create an equitable decision-making platform for all stakeholders by addressing the information gaps in Alaska’s salmon system through information synthesis, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement. SASAP seeks to answer three core questions: what do we know, what do we not know, and how can we better integrate and share what we know about Alaska’s salmon system for better decision-making?

For more information about the SASAP project visit: http://www.alaskasalmonandpeople.org


  • Plan, coordinate and participate in working group meetings/activities (as agreed)
  • Compile, integrate and analyze diverse data sets and develop derived data sets to advance the objectives of the working groups including, but not limited to: salmon distribution and habitat, sociocultural and economic dimensions of salmon systems, current governance and management of salmon, and pressures on salmon and salmon communities.
  • Contribute substantively to working group publications.
  • Co-design and lead the execution of a sub-project within the overall framework of SASAP that will constitute an important research contribution with one or more publications anticipated as a result.
  • Opportunities will exist to concurrently pursue integrated research activities, linking SASAP with the work of other NCEAS and University of Alaska researchers and postdoctoral researchers.

Minimum Qualifications:

PHD in ecology, geography, anthropology, fisheries, economics or related field


  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills and experience working with diverse data sets
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary academic and non-academic project teams (state & federal agencies, tribal entities, community and industry representatives, NGOs, etc.)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills


  • Experience working with groups outside of academia
  • Familiarity with Alaska’s salmon management systems and the people who depend on salmon for their livelihoods
  • Expertise in use of R statistical computing software, including using spatial statistics, machine learning, multi-level modeling and development of custom R packages


Start date is October 1st, 2016

Job location: Santa Barbara, CA

Salary and Benefits: Postdoctoral Scholar Position, with salary step commesurate with qualifications. Full time appointment for 18 months from start date. Full benefits package included.

How to Apply

Apply by 9/9/16 through https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply Job #JFP00804.

Required documents to Apply:

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV
  • 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.

Scientific Web Developer/ Designer

Job description

NCEAS seeks a scientific web developer/designer to help design, create, and deploy materials that communicate moderate to complex scientific findings about ecological and environmental research efforts at the Center. Responsibilities will be primarily but not exclusively Web-based, including potentially other digital technology delivery mechanisms (e.g. Ebooks). Principal duties involve "full stack" Web skills, including: web/graphics design; front-end development and deployment; user experience evaluation; and creation of end-user documentation, and outreach and training materials. Also configuration and use of leading Content Management Systems such as Drupal or Wordpress; Web-related technologies such as HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript (e.g. JQuery, D3), JSON, and XML; and graphics production software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Knowledge of RDBMS, SQL, ER modeling, and RDF useful, as is familiarity with a programming language (e.g. Python, Java, "R").

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Sciences, Digital Media or relevant area, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong interpersonal and communication skills for interaction with highly technical as well as non-technical audience. Demonstrated proficiency in diagramming and prototyping Web sites using design tools, and in practices and tools necessary to build robust, appealing Web sites supporting understanding of potentially complex, multi-disciplinary environmental insights. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of the theory behind User Experience and Design, as well as strong knowledge of relevant industry standards for Web usability. Incumbent must have the ability to independently analyze and apply their skills to solve complex representational challenges relative to communicating insights from interdisciplinary environmental science research, to a broad audience, ranging from expert scientific researchers, to managers and the interested public. Incumbent recommends, designs, and implements Web sites that include moderate to complex scientific infographics and visualizations, involving building and maintaining advanced, dynamic, interactive, user-driven interfaces that are linked to complex underlying relational, semantic, and other database sources.

Incumbent contributes generally to providing technology assistance, especially relative to Web delivery of content generated by projects affiliated with NCEAS, that all broadly focus thematically on the areas of synthesis, collaboration, informatics, and skills training in the Environmental, Ecological, and Conservation Sciences. Ability and willingness to adapt to and learn new Web and human-computer interaction technologies as these evolve, especially in the context of communicating scientific concepts, developing interactive scientific infographics, and fostering collaborative science.

Desired Requirements: Training or experience in scientific/environmental/ecological research and analysis.

How to Apply

Open until filled. Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with your online application at https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job #20160165.

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.