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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 3654074
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Land Use Data Scientist (Associate Specialist) Environmental Markets Lab (emLab), Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

Job #JPF02387
  • Marine Science Institute / Office of Research / UC Santa Barbara

    Position title: Land Use Data Scientist
    Percent time: 100% time
    Anticipated start: Start date is negotiable, but ideally no later than January 9, 2023.
    Position duration: Appointment for 1 year from start date, with possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance and funding.


    Open date: November 18, 2022

    Next review date: Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
    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.


    The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) is seeking a highly motivated Land Use Data Scientist (Associate Specialist) to conduct research and analyses on a variety of land management and ecosystem service valuation projects. The research projects include, but are not limited to, quantifying the value of ecosystem services on military bases and exploring the economics and sustainability of wetland restoration scenarios. The Land Use Data Scientist (Associate Specialist) will be responsible for a variety of tasks including preparing, processing, synthesizing, and visualizing data; conducting cost benefit analyses, ecosystem service valuations, and spatial analyses; developing efficient and reproducible workflows to implement best practices for data acquisition and analysis; and working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers.

    emLab is an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at UC Santa Barbara that conducts cutting-edge, data-driven research on the power, limitations, and design of market-based approaches to tackle the world's most pressing environmental problems. In collaboration with implementing partners, emLab aims to better align environmental objectives and economic incentives in support of sustainable livelihoods and a resilient planet.

    The successful candidate will have strong quantitative skills, a creative and solutions-oriented mindset, ability to learn and work in new modeling environments, and the ability to effectively communicate scientific results to stakeholders, scientists, and policymakers.

    Salary and Benefits: Land Use Data Scientist (Associate Specialist) position with salary step commensurate with qualifications. Full benefits package included.
    The position is available immediately.

    Position will be 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.


    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
    Bachelor's degree in environmental science and management, data science, statistics, natural resource economics, or a related field.

    Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
    In addition, the candidate must have:
    At least 5 years of professional experience providing analytical research support to projects related to environmental science and management, data science, environmental economics, or a related field;
    A Master's degree in environmental science and management, data science, statistics, natural resource economics, or a related field at the time of appointment.

    Preferred qualifications
  • Excellent quantitative skills including experience collecting, managing, processing, and analyzing large datasets;
  • Proficiency with coding languages such as R and/or Python and experience working with GitHub;
  • Ability to learn and work in new modeling environments;
  • Experience conducting ecosystem service valuation for terrestrial ecosystems;
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate scientific methods and results to a variety of partners and stakeholders;
  • Excellent creative problem solving and troubleshooting skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to take initiative, self manage, and work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and time management skills.


    Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

    Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

    The search committee will contact references of the top candidate(s) after the interviews. After references are checked, a top candidate will be chosen.

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    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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