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UCSB-TNC Postdoctoral Researcher–Species Recovery-Conservation Aquaculture - Marine Science Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 13th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Dec 4, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 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.

Description

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work collaboratively with researchers from The Nature Conservancy and University of California, Santa Barbara on a large-scale project aimed at advancing the science of ocean species recovery. The Nature Conservancy and UCSB are teaming up to address this challenge through a solutions-focused effort to restore our ocean through assisted species recovery.

The global ocean is experiencing unprecedented threats from a changing climate and centuries of poor management. The health and function of our oceans are compromised by widespread declines of critical species. The Nature Conservancy and UCSB are teaming up to address this challenge through a solutions-focused effort to restore our ocean through assisted species recovery. The postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with researchers from The Nature Conservancy and University of California, Santa Barbara on a large-scale project aimed at advancing the science of ocean species recovery. Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will explore the following topics:
a. A call to action for ocean species recovery through a comparison of terrestrial vs ocean species restoration and recovery. The researcher will highlight the need for ocean species recovery and identify the similarities and differences, investment of public and private dollars, the socio-economic costs, different strategies, knowledge gaps, scientific frontiers, and the success and failure of terrestrial species recovery vs ocean species recovery. Research will be focused on identifying unique challenges of ocean species recovery relative to terrestrial (permitting, connectivity, etc.), key trade-offs, as well as providing guidance and recommendations to the scientific community regarding the future of ocean species recovery.
b. Informed by the first objective, researcher will work with the project team to identify a subset of key harvested fish and invertebrate species in North America that would be candidates for a conservation aquaculture approach for recovery. Criteria for inclusion may draw from aquaculture potential, life history theory, vulnerability to key stressors, and other factors. The researcher will work with the project team to develop key questions centered on the recovery potential of these key species and the challenges and bottlenecks to recovery, as well as solutions to overcome these challenges.

Basic Qualifications:
Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent) program in the field of interdisciplinary conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, and/or resource management or a closely related discipline at the time of the application.

Additional Qualifications:
PhD in the field of interdisciplinary conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, and/or resource management or a closely related discipline at the time of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Experience in a previous postdoctoral position (or equivalent‡).
● Experience with coding in R, Python, or other coding languages.
● Experience working with spatial data.
‡Postdoctoral equivalent: comparable time and effort spent in a research capacity in an academic, government, industry, or non-profit organization (e.g., Aquaculture specialist).

Salary: Competitive with other universities and commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications. Postdoctoral benefits are included (https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/uc/plans_benefits).

Expected appointment begin date: Start date is negotiable but may begin as early as December 15, 2020 and no later than January 15, 2021. TNC and UCSB strive to create an adaptive, supportive environment, especially during circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, this postdoctoral researcher may be remote for the beginning of this appointment.

Expected appointment end date: contingent on the start date. The initial appointment is for one year with the potential for renewal based on performance and availability of funding. Opportunities for the postdoc to apply for their own funding is also encouraged.

To Apply: Please submit your CV, cover letter, one peer-reviewed publication and contact information for 3 references to the link below. In your cover letter, please highlight the ways you have incorporated diversity and inclusion into your scholarship, mentorship, and service.

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01831

For primary consideration, apply by December 4, 2020

Position will remain 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.

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, California

Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please highlight the ways you have incorporated diversity and inclusion into your scholarship, mentorship, and service.

  • Peer reviewed publication

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)