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NCEAS Data Training Coordinator

Application Window

Open date: April 8th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 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.

Position description

Are you passionate about teaching open and reproducible data science skills? Do you want to support and promote environmental data science communities?

Job Description
We seek a Data Training Coordinator to join the brand new Masters of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) program. The 11-month degree program is administered by UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management in partnership with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The data training coordinator will be based at NCEAS.

The data training coordinator will be responsible for designing data science trainings that vary in style (e.g. half-day workshops, multi-day bootcamps), focus (e.g. R, Python, Cloud Computing, website creation, data storytelling), and audience (primarily graduate students but also researchers and faculty). Your role will be flexible and dynamic, allowing you to adapt to the most pressing needs of the community. You will work closely with the MEDS Coordinator to identify additional opportunities for targeted data science training for students. Responsibilities also include community outreach and engagement both internally and with the broader environmental data science community, through social media and other communication channels. You will conduct regular assessments and evaluations of your training sessions.

As a successful applicant,
You have experience developing curriculum, facilitating, coordinating, and conducting data science training sessions.
You stay abreast of current trends, conferences, research, and educational opportunities in data science.
You understand the need for reproducible research and open science standards.
You are familiar with and frequently engage with data science communities.
You understand the need for innovative and creative teaching strategies that ensure the feeling of inclusiveness.
You may have an environmental background, but if not you are open to learning how to best support the environmental data science community.

We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science. We at NCEAS value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. We acknowledge the historical and present-day inequities in the fields of ecology and data science and the larger systems of power and privilege that have contributed to these inequities, and we strive to actively redress them as an institution and as individuals. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, parental status, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship status, and nationality. To see the steps we are taking to advance diversity and inclusion please see our full statement here:

Established in 1995 and located in downtown Santa Barbara, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. For over 25 years, NCEAS has been developing data science tools, supporting environmental research and training environmental scientists. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed.

Minimum Qualifications:

2+ years experience with training and development of training curricula
2+ years experience in data science and research computing, including programming in one or more research computing languages (e.g., R, Python)
Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.)

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrates an understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts that are broader than only race, ethnicity, and gender.
Demonstrates self-awareness, in terms of understanding their own culture, identity,
biases, prejudices, power, privilege and stereotypes.
Demonstrates awareness of generational differences in work styles.
Demonstrates willingness to challenge and change institutional practices that present
barriers to different groups.
Ability to translate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences
Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations;
Experience with community management or with community groups.
Familiarity with open science standards

Salary and Benefits:
Academic Coordinator Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications.
Full benefits package included.

How to Apply:
Please apply through UC Recruit:
Apply on or before May 19, 2021 for primary consideration. Open until filled.

Required Documents to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V
Cover Letter - Please address your experience in the diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts outlined in the Preferred Qualifications section.
Name and contact information for three references

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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA