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NCEAS Data Training Program Manager

Position overview

Position title: NCEAS Data Training Program Manager
Salary range:
Percent time: 100% FTE
Anticipated start: Summer 2022
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: May 26th, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Jun 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 16, 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

We seek a Data Training Program Manager to help manage our growing portfolio of data science training programs at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The Data Training Program Manager will be responsible for maintaining existing and developing new curriculum as well as coordinating and conducting data science training sessions with a team of scientists and trainers at NCEAS. These trainings will vary in style (e.g. hour-long workshops, multi-day in-person events), focus (e.g. R, Python, Cloud Computing, reproducible research techniques, team science, data viz, etc.), and audience (e.g. graduate students, researchers, industry and agency representatives). This position may support multiple initiatives within our NCEAS Learning Hub which includes a diversity of programs from our Data Science Short Course trainings and modules, to Openscapes, the Arctic Data Center, the Morpho Initiative, the LTER Network Office, and the new Master’s of Environmental Data Science Program, among others. The Manager will also work with NCEAS team members to ensure that training opportunities address the needs of the broad NCEAS community of environmental scientists and ecologists and evolve with the changing landscape of these fields, which includes leading regular evaluation and assessment of training programs. This position will play a crucial community outreach and engagement role to both NCEAS residents and the broader environmental data science community, through strategic planning of website content, social media campaigns, and other communication channels.

As a successful applicant:

  • You have experience developing curriculum, coordinating, and conducting data science training sessions.
  • You understand the need for reproducible research and open science standards.
  • You are familiar with and frequently engage with environmental data science communities.
  • You understand the need for innovative and creative teaching strategies that ensure the feeling of inclusiveness.
  • You stay abreast of current trends, research, and educational and outreach opportunities in environmental data science.
  • You have an environmental science background or experience engaging with environmental science-related researchers.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Academic Coordinator position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications.
  • Full benefits package included.

RESIDENCY AT NCEAS: NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. Established in 1995, NCEAS is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and a frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world for scientific trainings and working groups. 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.

NCEAS is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science. We value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. 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:

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.)
Preferred qualifications
  • Master's degree in Environmental Science or computing related field
  • 2+ years of experience with training and development of training curricula
  • 2+ years of experience in data science and research computing, including programming in R, Python, or other similar programming languages
  • Ability to translate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to organize information (e.g. curriculum and web content) in a way that enhances accessibility and usability
  • Experience using version control (git and GitHub)
  • Familiarity with open science standards
  • Experience in data cleaning and wrangling, team science, and reproducible data science techniques
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations
  • Experience with community management or with community groups
  • Expertise with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, video conferencing, and Slack
  • Demonstrates an understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts that are broader than only one race, ethnicity, and gender

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Cover Letter including:
    -Interest in the position
    -Qualifications related to the position
    -Experience supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Name and contact information for three references.
The top candidate's references will be contacted before the final job offer.

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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. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (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