Employment Opportunities



Science Software Engineers

Job description

We seek two talented Science Software Engineers to join our open science team to create a software infrastructure enabling ecological and environmental synthesis at global scales. Projects focus on federated approaches to share and manage scientific data, analysis code, and other products to enable open, reproducible science and facilitate synthetic research. Projects will include building software for data analysis and integration in systems like R and Matlab that incorporate modern approaches to semantics and provenance modeling. Current and past projects have built systems like the KNB Data Repository, the DataONE federation of repositories, the Kepler scientific workflow system, and Ecological Metadata Language, among others.

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Principal duties include: systems analysis, design, and development for server, web-based, and desktop scientific data management and analysis applications; web-design and development for web sites; creation of end-user documentation and training materials; community outreach and training. Research projects are conducted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara.

Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed. Different from the scientific tradition of solitary lab or fieldwork, NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale.

NCEAS is located in downtown Santa Barbara, just a 10-minute walk away from the beach, and in a beautiful city filled with activities--downtown, on the beaches, and in the mountains. Read more about the NCEAS Informatics program and team.

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Minimum Requirements

We're most interested in individuals with creativity and enthusiasm to advance open science, including all aspects of open data, open software, and open access publishing specifically supporting the earth and environmental sciences. The position requires expertise in software design and development using modern programming languages (e.g., Python, Java, C) for desktop and web application design and development (e.g., HTML, Javascript, JSON, XML, CSS, XSLT). Requires expertise in design and development using relational database systems. Requires experience with server (e.g., Linux) and desktop operating systems (e.g., Windows, Mac OS X) for cross platform application development. Requires thorough understanding of network, Internet, and web programming, and expertise with using software development systems, including build systems (e.g., maven, make, Eclipse), source code control systems (e.g., svn, git), and bug tracking systems. Requires excellent communication skills, including the ability to write end-user documentation about highly technical systems in a manner understandable and compelling to ecological and environmental scientists. Bachelor's degree required, preferably in computer science or an ecology/earth/environmental science field.

Desirable Requirements

Experience in or exposure to ecological and environmental science research is desirable, as is background and understanding of statistical analysis and modeling (e.g., in R, Matlab), and approaches to manipulating geospatial data. Experience with software application development for science, including familiarity with statistical, modeling, and geospatial data programming tools and techniques is desirable. In addition, understanding of and experience with technologies for provenance tracking (W3C PROV), the semantic web (e.g., RDF, OWL) and the Linked Open Data web are highly desirable.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Conditions of Employment

Position is part of grant-funded research, and so continuation beyond 1.5 years depends on future funding availability. This employment opportunity is for two open positions.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your CV or resumé, and contact information for 3 non-peer references along with the UCSB job application via the UCSB Human Resources web site (job #20150224). Apply by May 22, 2015 for first consideration, thereafter open until filled.

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.

Postdoctoral (or equivalent) Researcher

Assessment and Management of Data Limited Fisheries

We are seeking a post-doc (or other similarly qualified candidate) as part of a recently funded SNAP project addressing the assessment and management of data limited fisheries. 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 researcher will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA and will lead or be centrally involved in: 1) scientific products related to the development of a framework for assessing and managing data limited fisheries; 2) development and application of a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) model for comparing alternative assessment and management approaches; 3) working with 2-3 case study fisheries to perform data limited assessment modeling and management strategy evaluation; and 4) full participation in the SNAP Working Group. This full time position offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 1 year with the possibility of an additional year on related projects. The successful candidate will be directly mentored by Jono Wilson of the Nature Conservancy and work closely with Carmen Revenga, Fishery Strategy Lead at The Nature Conservancy as well as other members of the working group.

The working group affiliated with this project is comprised of global leaders in fishery science and marine resource management from academia, government and NGOs spanning eight different countries, offering a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with a diverse set of thought leaders. Case study countries include Peru, Kenya, Indonesia, Belize and Palau. Interaction with other NCEAS residents and related SNAP working groups will provide additional opportunities.

RESIDENCY AT NCEAS: NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, a characteristic that leads to the success of its visiting scientists. 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 SNAP initiatives. We expect that postdocs will contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere. The postdoc should anticipate spending the vast majority of their time in residence at the Center and will have the opportunity to travel to the case study location(s).




  • PhD (or Master’s Degree + 5 years of experience) in fishery science, natural resource economics, marine science or related discipline
  • Strong quantitative fishery science skills (e.g. stock assessment or simulation modeling)
  • Strong programming skills in R, Matlab, Python, or related language
  • 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 fishery management


  • Knowledge and experience in Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE)
  • Strong publication record
  • Experience working with groups outside of academia (industry, NGOs, etc.)
  • Experience working in small scale fisheries in developing countries

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

SALARY RANGE: $50,000/year - $60,000/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  jono_wilson [at] tnc.org.

CLOSING DATE: Preference will be given to applications received by April 3, 2015. Position is open until filled.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer


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.