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Position: Project Researcher (Associate/Assistant Specialist; 50% time)

Description: The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)’s Marine Science Institute invites applications for a 50% time Associate/Assistant Specialist position with the Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG). A Master’s degree or above in a relevant field is required.

SFG is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science, particularly using bioeconomic modeling and spatial analysis, and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment. Our applied projects include work throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Bermuda, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and the United States. Travel to some of these locales would likely be part of the position.

Qualifications: SFG seeks an individual who can, with limited supervision, lead complex data collection and database management projects and perform bioeconomic analyses and fisheries modeling using computer models and statistical programs. The applicant should have the technical skills to refine existing models used by the SFG and develop new models. Model development may include data collection for parameterizing and ground-truthing of the models.  Strong coding skills preferred and working knowledge of Matlab and/or R are required. The applicant will be required to carry out both theoretical work and applied analysis related to diverse geographical regions. The successful applicant will possess relevant academic and/or practical experience with fisheries modeling, stock assessment, quantitative ecology, bioeconomic models, and/or natural resource economics. The candidate should also have strong communication skills to document methods, contribute to peer-reviewed scientific publications, and deliver presentations on model development, analyses, and results, and strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners and to work effectively as part of collaborative research team.

Salary and Benefits: Associate/Assistant Specialist position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. 50% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance. Start date is negotiable, but is anticipated to be no later than February 1, 2015. Full benefits package included.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2-3 references online at:

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00386

Position will remain open until filled, but please apply by October 24, 2014 for primary consideration.

 

Position: Project Researcher (Associate/Assistant Specialist)

Description: SFG is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science, particularly using bioeconomic modeling and spatial analysis, and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment. Our applied projects include work throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Bermuda, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and the United States. One of the primary responsibilities of this position would be to provide research support for a partnership with the Waitt Institute focused on collaborations with local governments and communities to create comprehensive ocean zoning and fisheries management solutions that improve sustainability and productivity.

SFG seeks an individual who can provide analytical and research support on diverse research projects, including but not limited to: leading economic analyses and biological assessments of marine resources, conducting literature reviews and syntheses in fisheries, ecology and natural resource economics, and running bioeconomic models and tradeoff analyses in order to provide scientific input to multi-use marine spatial planning initiatives. The applicant would ideally have the technical skills to refine existing models used by SFG and develop new models independently. Ideally, the applicant would also have interest in assisting with content development for and technical oversight of the SFG website.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s in marine science, ecology, natural resource economics, fishery science or related field preferred and at least 1-3 years of experience providing research support to applied projects.
  • Excellent quantitative, statistical and modeling skills, ideally including experience using models related to fisheries management, stock assessment, and/or marine spatial planning.
  • Coding skills and proficiency with Matlab and/or R required; experience with GIS preferred.
  • Relevant academic and/or practical experience with fisheries modeling, stock assessment, quantitative ecology, bioeconomic models, and/or natural resource economics.
  • Excellent communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners and to work effectively as part of collaborative research team.
  • Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

 

Salary and Benefits: Assistant or Associate Specialist position, with level and salary step commensurate with qualifications. 100% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance. Start date is negotiable, but is anticipated to be no later than February 1, 2015. Full benefits package included.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2-3 references online at:

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00392

Position will remain open until filled, but please apply by November 9, 2014 for primary consideration.

 

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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.