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NCEAS Assistant Specialist: Anticipating climate change impacts on aquaculture

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 15th, 2019
Last review date: February 15th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: April 15th, 2019
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.


We are seeking a full-time Assistant Specialist for a funded project at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara through the Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART). The project is a continuation of current research focused on spatially mapping and quantifying the impacts, potential adaptations, and mitigation measures for aquaculture under climate change, at local to global scales. Thus, the research encompasses different types of aquaculture at different ecological scales and environments.

The candidate will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA and will engage with ongoing and emerging research projects as well as have the opportunity to pursue her/his own research related to the project theme. This position will be responsible for: 1) expanding the spatial modelling and mapping of climate change threats to global brackish and freshwater aquaculture; 2) down scaling climate change impacts to specific regions of interest (e.g., SE Asia); and 3) develop her/his own project of interest that can include, but not limited to, linkages to other food systems or focus on the land-sea interface. This full-time position offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The appointment is for 18 months, with the possibility of extension pending available funds and strong performance. The successful candidate will work with Ben Halpern and Halley Froehlich, integrated with his research lab and the CART initiative – which offers opportunities to work across other on-going and related projects, including “Environmental Impact and Sustainability of Global Food Systems.”

RESIDENCY AT NCEAS: NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, a characteristic that leads to the success of its visiting scientists. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects. We expect the candidate to contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere. This Assistant Specialist should anticipate spending the vast majority of their time working at the Center.

• MSc in natural resource management and/or aquaculture, climate change, aquatic ecology or related disciplines

• PhD in natural resource management and/or aquaculture, climate change, aquatic ecology or related disciplines
• Proficient in R programming
• Strong analytical and modeling background, particularly spatial analyses
• Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and disparate data sources
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Outstanding organizational skills
• Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team
• Strong publication record
• Experience working with groups outside of academia (industry, NGOs, etc.)

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 18 months, with the potential for extension pending funding and evaluation of performance.

SALARY RANGE: Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications, and hiring level. The UCSB salary scales may be found at

POSITION AVAILABLE: Start date March 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
TO APPLY: Please apply via UC Recruit:

Required Documents to Apply:
Applicants must submit (1) a current Curriculum Vitae, (2) cover letter describing your research background and qualifications for the position, (3) names and contact information for 3 references.

CLOSING DATE: Preference will be given to applications received by February 15, 2019. 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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

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