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.

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.

Desirable requirements: Training or experience in scientific/environmental/ecological research and analysis.

How to Apply

For primary consideration apply by 4/21/16, thereafter 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.

Data-Limited Fisheries Management Project Specialist Position

Job description

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) invites applicants for a 100% time Specialist Position with the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Data-Limited Fisheries Management project.

This multi-year project is a collaborative research project whose objective is to develop 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. Over the course of this project, the framework will be developed into an online software package, applied and adopted at case study sites and countries, and incorporated into global certification processes.



  • Use Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) modeling to compare alternative management strategies and conduct stock assessments on key fisheries at 3-4 case study sites, using R
  • Develop and conduct trainings in data-limited stock assessments and MSE results for case study sites and partners
  • Contribute to scientific products related to the development, enhancement and application of a framework for assessing and managing data limited fisheries
  • Lead a process for integrating a decision framework into an existing process for fishery improvement and certification
  • Act as primary liaison with seafood certification partners
  • Lead writing efforts for publications in scientific journals and grant proposals
  • Collaborate with a large team of international scientists and industry partners
  • Participate in the development, testing and enhancement of an online software tool




  • PhD (or Master’s Degree + 5 years of experience) in fishery science or related discipline
  • Record of publications in scientific journals


  • Experience with GitHub, markdown
  • Strong quantitative fishery science skills (e.g. stock assessment and simulation modeling)
  • Extremely strong programming skills in R with experience using data packages, visualization packages, and fishery specific packages (e.g. DLMtool)
  • Experience developing MSE models and stock assessments for data-limited fisheries in R
  • Strong knowledge of data-limited stock assessments, including methods and requirements
  • Ability to design, manage, and help lead workshops to bring disparate groups to consensus
  • Demonstrated experience making connections with and presenting data-limited methods to the sustainable seafood and certification industries
  • In-depth knowledge of seafood certification processes and assessment criteria
  • Record of publications in scientific journals
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team


  • Knowledge in policy, economics, and/or other social sciences relevant to fishery management


Start date is June 1, 2016.

Salary and Benefits: Specialist Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. Full time appointment for two years from start date. Full benefits package included.

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00698

For full consideration, please apply by 3/31/16. Otherwise, open until filled.

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.


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.