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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 Researcher

Multi-objective planning for ecosystem services, biodiversity and economic development

We are seeking a researcher who will be based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara to participate in the project, “Land-use Change and Conservation Policy in Brazil and the US for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Economic Returns.”  Funded through Science for Nature and People (SNAP), the project will develop and apply spatially explicit, integrated models of land-use change, habitat for biodiversity, ecosystem service provision and economic productivity in Brazil and the United States with the goal of identifying spatial arrangements of land use that are optimal with respect to multiple objectives. 

The project is led by Dr. Stephen Polasky (University of Minnesota), Dr. Derric Pennington (World Wildlife Fund), Dr. Joe Fargione (The Nature Conservancy), Dr. Carlos Cesar Durigan (Wildlife Conservation Society), and Dr. Andrew Plantinga (University of California, Santa Barbara), and involves a multi-disciplinary Working Group with participants from the U.S. and Brazil.  The successful applicant will work within the group to 1) assemble data on land use, determinants of land use, and ecosystem services, 2) develop land-use models, 3) integrate land-use models with models of ecosystem service provision, 4) write research papers, 5) interact with working group participants, and 6) organize the content of and help to facilitate working group meetings.  Dr. Andrew Plantinga at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will serve as the immediate supervisor and mentor. This full time position offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 18 months with the possibility of an additional 6 months.

SNAP 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 (www.snap.is).

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in ecology, geography, economics, regional planning, operations research, or other relevant field
  • Strong spatial analytical skills
  • Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and complex information
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience developing and/or familiarity with using complex databases
  • Familiarity with Amazonian forest ecosystems or North American sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Required Documents to Apply

To apply please prepare and uploace your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and a list of three non-peer references.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 18 months with the possibility of an additional 6 months.

SALARY RANGE: $50,000/year - $58,000/year, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2015.

TO APPLY: Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00482

CLOSING DATE: 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. 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.

 


Assistant Specialist Position

Assistance Specialist Position with the Arctic Options Research Team
NCEAS, Santa Barbara, CA

This multi-year project is an NSF-funded collaborative research project whose objective is to develop and demonstrate a science-guided process that will enhance the practice of governance for sustainability in Arctic coastal-marine systems. This international effort involves interdisciplinary data aggregation; geospatial analysis to reveal plausible development scenarios, international workshops to generate infrastructure and policy options, and applications to current issues of Arctic governance.

Responsibilities:

  • Discover, gather, manage and analyze spatial and time-series data and associated metadata using already developed and novel approaches with R, Python and ArcGIS
  • Maintain detailed, organized and clear documentation for all data analyses and products
  • Lead writing efforts for publications in scientific journals
  • Produce maps for a variety of audiences including scientific publications, reports, presentations and communication material

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in environmental science or related field with a coastal or marine focus
  • Extremely strong programming skills in R with experience using data packages such as dplyr, reshape, tidyr as well as data visualization with ggplot, ggvis, Shiny, Leaflet and others
  • Experience performing spatial analyses in R using packages such as raster, sp, rgdal and more
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Python, SQL
  • Familiarity with GitHub, markdown
  • Ability to multi-task

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Record of publications in scientific journals

Start date is negotiable, but ideally June 1, 2015.

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit

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.


Projects Data Coordinator

NCEAS, Santa Barbara, CA

The Projects Data Coordinator manages ecologically and environmentally relevant data from funded projects at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The coordinator contacts data providers and consults the literature to gather metadata to make the data understandable and useful for synthesis activities. The coordinator also performs a wide variety of analysis and modeling activities to assess and remedy data quality issues, as well as characterize and visualize data for synthesis. The Projects Data Coordinator works closely with the Director of Informatics Research and Development to identify issues that need attention to streamline the data management process, with NCEAS' Scientific Programmer's to identify fruitful approaches to data analysis and visualization, and with scientists from targeted projects to gather data and metadata.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental, ecological, or related science fields
  • An understanding of data management issues and procedures
  • Demonstrable analysis and modeling skills in modern statistics and modeling frameworks
  • Must have some experience working in one or more scripted statistical frameworks such as R or Matlab
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English allowing communication of complex technical topics to a science audience

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree or other higher degree in environmental, ecological, or related science fields
  • Extensive knowledge and skill in data management, R, statistics, and modeling
  • Understanding of programming in any language

Salary range: $42,144 - $48,048 per year depending on experience

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit

Required Documents to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V
Cover Letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position
Name and contact information for three non-peer references

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.

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.