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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 4358384
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Marine Ecology Assistant Specialist in Marine Science (up to 2 positions) University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Specialist(s) in Marine Science Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 24B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,800-$63,100. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. Percent time: 100% Anticipated start: Position or positions are available immediately Position duration: This is a year to year appointment depending on funding and performance. The initial appointment is for one year from start date with possibility for additional years renewal. Application Window

Open date: July 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jul 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 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.

Position description

Applications are invited for up to two Assistant Specialist positions to participate in marine ecological research conducted as part of the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Ocean project (PISCO) and the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Project (CCFRP) at UCSB. The research broadly involves understanding anthropogenic and climate effects on nearshore marine ecosystems. Projects include (but are not limited to): 1) assessment of Marine Protected Areas on nearshore fish and invertebrates, 2) effects of climate change on nearshore marine systems, 3) spatial ecology and behavior of temperate and tropical fish species, and 4) evaluation of monitoring methods for nearshore marine ecosystems.

PISCO is a west coast consortium that studies anthropogenic effects on nearshore ecosystems in the California Current ecosystem. CCFRP is a collaborative fisheries-scientist research program utilizing commercial passenger fishing vessels to conduct MPA and fisheries monitoring. The appointee(s) will manage, schedule, coordinate students, staff and volunteers and lead field trips for the monitoring programs in all habitats (kelp forests, deep rocky reefs and rocky intertidal). The position will be located on the UCSB campus and field research will take place primarily in the Santa Barbara area.

The person appointed will work closely with the Principal investigator and researchers in the group in developing data products, synthesizing and analyzing those data for research activities that lead to peer-reviewed publications as well as grant proposals. The appointees will manage all data produced in lab projects and will be responsible for developing methods and protocols for data quality assurance and quality control.

Other position responsibilities include:
  • Working collaboratively with internal (UCSB) and external collaborators to develop new approaches for collecting ecological data.
  • Mentoring undergraduate students and junior scientists in all aspects of the research.
  • Coordination with and outreach to state and federal agencies on coastal monitoring along the California coast.
  • Participation and presentations at meetings and conferences.
  • Preparation of technical reports and scientific manuscripts for publication.

This appointment includes a competitive benefits package with medical, dental and vision insurance and a UC retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

The position is available immediately and 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 as appropriate to the position.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Master's degree or four+ years of experience demonstrating expertise in relevant field (e.g., aquatic biology, marine science, ecology, environmental management, or similar area).

  • AAUS SCUBA research dive certification with 60 foot depth certification at time of application.
    Additional qualifications (required at time of start)


    Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with basic data entry, and Quality control procedures using software such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access
  • Experience conducting subtidal and intertidal biological surveys and knowledge of taxonomy and identification of southern California marine algae, invertebrates, and fishes
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific coding using in SAS, JMP or R (or equivalent languages).
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with recreational anglers and other citizen scientists.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in operating small boats (22-28ft) in nearshore, temperate ocean conditions
  • Demonstrated experience on large vessels (>35 feet) conducting research and or fishing surveys
  • Experience and ability to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team.
  • Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously

    Application Requirements

    Document requirements
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter - Short Cover letter - 1-2 pages that describes research experience and interests relevant to the position description
    • Publication or scientific writing sample - One Publication, or other scientific writing sample.
    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)

    The search committee will contact references of the top candidate 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 Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
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    Santa Barbara, CA UCSB

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