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Digital Assets for Nature Data Analyst at NCEAS

Position overview

Position title: Digital Assets for Nature Data Analyst
Salary range: This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 24B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% is $60-$65k annual. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. Full benefits package included.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: The position is expected to start as early as June 2023 and no later than October 2023.
Position duration: The initial appointment is for 12 months, with the possibility of extension pending available funds and strong performance.

Application Window

Open date: May 17, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Jun 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 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 seeks a data analyst to support a newly funded project to assess the question: what percent of nature has digital assets to assess or monitor it. As part of this project you will also participate with a working group of experts that will be addressing related questions, focused on biodiversity data science. This position will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California.

Position Description

As a successful Data Analyst you will use your analytical skills and knowledge to discover, evaluate and synthesize available digital assets on a wide range of aspects of nature, helping address the question ‘how much of nature has digital assets for it’. This position will give you significant opportunities to hone and apply a diverse analytical skillset and work at the critical interface of ecological synthesis science and applied management solutions. You will also engage closely with an expert working group to support related work focused on assessing challenges and opportunities in biodiversity data science. You will contribute to synthesis reports of the research and to data repositories that document your work to gather, organize, and synthesize data.


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 the candidate will contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere. The candidate 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 across the Western US and Canada.

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)
  • Baccalaureate degree in environmental science, earth science, ecology, environmental data science, or a related field
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Applicants must have their baccalaureate degree and 3 years of relevant experience OR have a Master's degree in environmental science, earth science, ecology, environmental data science, or a related field by the start of the appointment
Preferred qualifications
  • Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and disparate data sources
  • Ability to communicate complex information using data visualization techniques
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, paired with the ability to develop creative and efficient solutions
  • Interpersonal communication skills to collaborate with diverse scientific teams
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working with groups outside of academia (policymakers, 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 in 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 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