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Assistant Project Scientist in Microbial Oceanography, Marine Science Institute, UCSB

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Project Scientist
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 2022
Position duration: December 2023

Application Window

Open date: December 3rd, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Dec 17, 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 highly motivated, independent and qualified individual to join an international microbial oceanography program. The goal of the field-based research program is to examine microbial interactions with dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the oceanic water column. The complex food web processes that produce and consume dissolved organic matter (DOM) can result in long-term storage of organic matter, or efficient recycling, depending on the chemistry of the DOM molecules, their physical location in the oceans, and the capacity of the microbial community to harvest organic compounds as resources. The position will involve both microbial and biogeochemical field-based measurements and associated sample and data analysis. Candidates with established records in microbial ecology, molecular microbiology and marine chemistry will be considered. The Assistant Project Scientist will be expected to independently design, implement and lead experimental and field studies. The Assistant Project Scientist will be responsible for developing and/or optimizing best practices for methodological approaches used in their studies.

Candidates should have training in molecular biology with strong bioinformatics skills as well as a background in ocean DOM biogeochemistry and molecular characterization of organic matter. The candidate will be expected to lead, as Chief Scientist, a portion of sea going oceanographic field expeditions as well as lead laboratory-based studies.

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.

Special Conditions
• Ability to travel and work at sea

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.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD in microbial oceanography, marine microbial ecology, chemical oceanography or equivalent is required at the time of the application.

Preferred qualifications

Five years of postdoctoral experience in microbial oceanography, marine microbial ecology, chemical oceanography or equivalent experience post Ph.D.

Experience with interdisciplinary research involving microbial and chemical oceanography with training in the following areas 1) genomic, transcriptomics or proteomic approaches to assessing microbial community structure and function, 2) DOM biogeochemistry and chemical characterization of organic matter in ocean system, and 3) a mix of computational analyses, statistical analysis .

Experience with stable isotopic probing and high-performance liquid chromatography.

Programming skill in R or equivalent.

Sea going experience and ability to lead a research team on the high seas.

A proven track record of scholarly research productivity published in peer-reviewed journals.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Application Requirements

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

  • Statement of Research - Description of research interests (up to two pages) including a statement regarding contributions to diversity

  • Publication 1 - At least one but up to three of the most relevant publications

  • Publication 2 - At least one but up to three of the most relevant publications

  • Publication 3 - At least one but up to three of the most relevant publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

The search committee will contact references of the top candidate(s) 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. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA