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Junior or Assistant Specialist in Marine Ecology, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title: Junior or Assistant Specialist
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Ideally November 1, 2021
Position duration: The appointment is for one year from the start date with possibility for additional years of employment contingent upon performance and funding.

Application Window

Open date: August 20th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Sep 6, 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 is seeking a highly qualified Junior or Assistant Specialist in marine ecology to work with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project and related projects. The overall objective of this work is to understand the ecology of coastal marine ecosystems, particularly kelp forests, in southern California.

The qualified individual will work closely with the project’s investigators and other research staff in the implementation of the project’s research activities. Principal duties include: subtidal and oceanographic field research and laboratory activities such as sample processing, equipment maintenance, instrument programming, data entry and quality assurance, protocol documentation, and supervising and mentoring undergraduate student assistants.

Special conditions:
Ability to work long work days (10+ hours) and a variable schedule including occasional weekends.
Physically capable of loading 50 lbs. of field equipment with or without accommodations.
Valid Driver’s license

The position will be located on the UCSB campus and field research will take place mostly in the Santa Barbara area.

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 in a relevant field (environmental studies, marine science, ecology, biology, earth science or a related field) and 1 year minimum field experience in marine habitats at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field (environmental studies, marine science, ecology, biology, earth science or a related field) by the time of appointment;
    5 years of experience demonstrating expertise in the required skills should the applicant be offered the position at the Assistant level by the time of appointment.

    Proof of training in research SCUBA diving with current AAUS certification or equivalent.

Preferred qualifications

    In-depth knowledge of taxonomy and identification of southern California marine algae, invertebrates, and fish; experience in and familiarity with subtidal and oceanographic sampling protocols; experience using underwater imaging systems; ability to manage, analyze and synthesize diverse types of ecological and environmental data; R coding experience; experience in basic tool use and fabrication of field gear; strong organizational and communication skills; experience mentoring and supervising research assistants. Nitrox SCUBA certification, CA boating card, 100+ research SCUBA dives.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - State your research accomplishments and interests. Also, include past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

The search committee will 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

Primarily in Santa Barbara, CA