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Fisheries Research Specialist (Associate Specialist or Specialist), Marine Science Institute, UCSB

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 8th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Dec 6, 2019 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: Sunday, May 31, 2020 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 Market Solutions Lab (emLab) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at UC Santa Barbara dedicated to bringing market-based solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems. emLab conducts cutting-edge research and develops innovative policy solutions related to oceans and fisheries, land and freshwater, and climate and energy. Building on the success of the Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG), emLab’s oceans and fisheries program generates insights into the economics, ecology, and politics of oceans and fisheries to spur innovation in fisheries management, strategic marine spatial planning, and the blue economy.

emLab is seeking a highly motivated Fisheries Research Specialist with a background in fisheries science, conservation planning and/or natural resource economics to conduct research and analyses to help solve real-world challenges through our partnership with the Blue Prosperity Coalition. The Blue Prosperity Coalition (BPC) is a network of global experts led by the Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute. The BPC engages with governments around the world to implement marine spatial planning with a focus on the conservation and development of sustainable blue economies. We provide scientifically robust analyses to inform on-the-ground implementation of sustainable ocean planning and fisheries monitoring, management, and assessment. Countries in our current portfolio include Curaςao, the Azores, Tonga, Bermuda, the Maldives, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Fisheries Research Specialist will be responsible for a variety of tasks that will likely include managing and analyzing data, conducting fisheries assessments, working with fisheries agencies to develop and improve fisheries monitoring and management programs, developing bioeconomic and/or management strategy evaluation simulation models to assess the upsides of management and conservation plans, creating spatial conservation planning and prioritization models, leading and co-authoring research papers for peer-reviewed journals, presenting research results, and writing science-backed policy briefs and reports to help inform decision-making.

We are seeking an ambitious and adaptable researcher who is a creative problem solver and able to meet rapid deadlines and balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. The successful candidate will have the ability to identify, adapt, and develop new methods and analyses as priorities and needs change over time. They must be self-directed and independent to keep up with a dynamic workstream, while also able to work well with a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary team. The ideal candidate has strong technical and analytical skills and can effectively communicate their work to stakeholders, scientists, and policymakers.

Qualified applicants must have:

Master’s degree in fisheries science, marine ecology, conservation planning, natural resource economics, or a related field.

In addition, the candidate must have 3 years of professional experience in marine conservation, fisheries, or marine policy by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
● Proficiency in R programming language;
● Experience coding fisheries and/or conservation planning models;
● Strong data management and analysis skills, including demonstrated knowledge of basic descriptive and applied statistics;
● Experience conducting spatial analysis using arcGIS or other mapping software;
● Experience collaborating using GitHub;
● Lead author on at least 1 peer-reviewed publication;
● Excellent writing and oral communication skills;
● Ability to review and synthesize diverse literature and data sources for a general audience;
● Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and time management skills;
● Ability to take initiative, self manage, and work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team;
● Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with academic, NGO and government partners;
● Willingness to and interest in traveling internationally;
● PhD in fisheries science, marine ecology, conservation planning, natural resource economics, or a related field;
● Passionate about ocean conservation.

Employment at a Specialist level may be considered for applicants with a PhD or at least 10 years of experience demonstrating expertise in a relevant specialization.

This position is a 100% time appointment for one year from the start date with the possibility of reappointment, contingent upon performance and funding. The position start date is negotiable but ideally would start by January 15, 2020. 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.

Electronic applications including a CV, cover letter and contact information for 3 references should be submitted via:

For primary consideration apply by December 6, 2019

Position open until filled.

The University 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.

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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)