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Junior Specialist in Marine Ecology, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 10/15/21
Position duration: Expected appointment end date: October 14, 2022, with possibility for additional years of employment contingent upon performance and funding.

Application Window

Open date: August 5th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 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: Friday, Dec 17, 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

The Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks a Junior Specialist to assist in experimental field marine ecology within a Marine Ecology Laboratory. The Junior Specialist will assist in laboratory work and field work in the Burkepile Lab and the Moorea Coral Reef LTER. This work will include a significant amount of subtidal fieldwork in Moorea, French Polynesia. Research will include SCUBA diving via small boats to gather data on fish and coral communities and to set up ecological experiments. This position will entail significant detailed analyses of videos on fish foraging and photographs of coral communities to quantify the identity and abundance of organisms (e.g. coral, algae, etc.), which requires specialized knowledge and expertise in fish behavior, the taxonomy of fishes, corals, and algae, and specific computer programs for video and photo analyses. The Junior Specialist will also be responsible for data processing and analysis. The Junior Specialist will be expected to participate in field expeditions without the PI.

Special Conditions
• Valid Driver’s license
• Ability to travel internationally
• Ability to work long work days (10+ hours) and a variable schedule including occasional weekends. Additionally, the selected candidate must be physically capable of loading 50 lbs. of field equipment with or without accommodations.
• The position will be located on the UCSB campus and field research will occur in Moorea, French Polynesia.

The position is available immediately.

Position will be 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.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in aquatic biology, marine science, ecology, environmental management or related field, or relevant Associate's degree plus 2 years research experience at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • Must provide proof of training in research SCUBA diving with AAUS certification or equivalent
    • Must provide evidence of experience in working from and operating small boats or presentation of training via a small boating course such as MOCC
    • Must provide evidence of training in data management and analysis skills or use of Excel/R via courses or scientific publications

Preferred qualifications

    • Experience with subtidal survey and collection protocols
    • Knowledge of taxonomy of Indo-Pacific fishes and corals
    • Experience analyzing video of fish behavior and photographs for organism abundance
    • Strong organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Please state research accomplishments and interests

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

The search committee may contact references of the top candidate after the interviews.

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Campus Information

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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA