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Position overview

Position title: NCEAS/ NOAA RESTORE Postdoc
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: March 1, 2023 or later
Position duration: Two-year long positions with the potential for a third year

Application Window

Open date: November 2, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 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, Jun 30, 2023 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 National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UCSB and NOAA RESTORE Science Program are partnering on a five-year initiative to synthesize data, science, and knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico to inform resource management and restoration efforts. As part of this initiative we will be supporting a growing community of post-docs and synthesis teams; we seek to fill an initial two postdoctoral positions that will work collaboratively with to-be selected synthesis science working groups to address critical, interdisciplinary, environmental questions in the Gulf of Mexico. These are two-year long positions with the potential for a third year and will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California.


This new Gulf Ecosystem Initiative is a partnership between the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and The NOAA RESTORE Science Program designed to engage the Gulf of Mexico research community to tackle pressing scientific and societal challenges focused around three emerging research themes: fisheries; climate change; and the ecological impact of management actions.

Located at NCEAS, this postdoc position will offer you opportunities to participate in the research of one or more funded working groups currently being solicited (to be awarded by May 2023). You will split your time between supporting and collaborating with one or more working groups and developing your own independent synthesis project focused on a specific challenge facing the Gulf of Mexico. This position will give you significant opportunities to maximize the impact of your research and to work at the interface of ecological synthesis science and applied management solutions. You will be part of an initial cohort of two postdocs, and joined by a growing community of post-docs selected in following years.

Your proposed independent research project should focus on leveraging and reusing existing data to develop synthesis products around one or more of the initiative’s three key research themes: fisheries; climate change, and the ecological impact of management actions. Within the fisheries theme, research should be aimed at utilizing the wealth of long-term fisheries and environmental datasets available across the Gulf to elucidate linkages between various fisheries and related ecological and social drivers. Climate change focused activities are expected to leverage large climate data sets as well as downscaled climate models to analyze climate change impacts in the Gulf and produce an ecosystem perspective that can inform future management and policy responses. And the ecological impact of management action-focused research should address a previous, recurring, or ongoing management action occurring in the Gulf and produce greater understanding around the system-wide impacts of those actions. Coproduction of synthesis products with working groups, practitioners, and stakeholders across the Gulf of Mexico is highly encouraged.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research related to the Gulf of Mexico synthesis working groups (50% time)

  • This postdoctoral researcher will participate in the work of one or more Gulf of Mexico synthesis working groups, as appropriate based on experience and interest.

Independent research (50% of time)

  • This postdoctoral researcher will be afforded significant time to pursue their own research interests, publish independent research in peer review journals, and attend scientific conferences.

Residency at NCEAS

NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, a characteristic that leads to the success of its scientists. NCEAS 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 participating in working group projects across a diverse range of initiatives. NCEAS is also a leader in data science training, offering courses and expertise in reproducible workflows, data infrastructure, and environmental statistics. We expect that postdocs will contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere. The postdoc should anticipate spending the vast majority of their time in residence at the Center and will have the opportunity to travel to relevant national and international events and conferences, with a special focus on meeting and networking opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico region. Relationship building with Gulf-based researchers will also be accelerated by opportunities for postdocs to establish a regionally-based research mentor from NOAA, BOEM, USFWS or other relevant agencies.

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)
  • At the time of application, applicants must have completed all requirements expect the dissertation for a Ph.D. in environmental science, ecology, fisheries, climate science, environmental policy or a relevant discipline.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Ph.D. in environmental science, fisheries, climate science, environmental policy or a relevant discipline at the time of hire.
Preferred qualifications
  • Strong analytical and modeling skills, including data science, database management, data visualization, etc.
  • Strong publication record
  • Experience working on subjects related to one or more of three main research themes: fisheries, climate change, and the ecological impact of management actions.
  • Regional knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and people
  • Knowledge in policy, economics, and/or other social science related to marine and coastal systems
  • Ability to review and synthesis large amounts of literature and complex information
  • Ability to take initiative and work both independently and part of a research team
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to translate complex scientific information and effectively communicate with a variety of audiences
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations
  • Experience working with groups outside of academia (agency, industry, NGOs, etc.)
  • Demonstrates an understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts that are broader than only 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

  • Statement of Research - A short (3 page) proposal of research you would like to conduct as part of your independent research. We expect projects to primarily be synthesis and/or analysis research; the proposal should include a short section setting the context and motivating the work, a main section explaining the research questions, methods, and data that will be used, and a short final section that addresses expected applied implications of the work

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 Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (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