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Junior, Assistant, or Associate Specialist - Marine Ecology

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The Marine Science Institute is seeking to hire a highly qualified Specialist at the Junior/Assistant or Associate level in marine ecology to work with the Santa Barbara Channel Biodiversity Observation Network. The overall objective of this project is to assess biodiversity of a broad suite of marine organisms across space and time in benthic and pelagic habitats of the Channel using diverse methodologies.

The qualified individual will work closely with the project’s investigators in the development and implementation of the project’s research activities. Principal duties include: organize and lead a diverse team in subtidal and oceanographic field research; manage laboratory activities such as equipment maintenance, sample processing, data entry and quality assurance, and protocol documentation; manage large data sets and perform an assortment of data analyses; conduct literature searches and assist in manuscript preparation; supervise and mentor undergraduate student assistants.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant scientific field and extensive field experience in marine habitats. Desired skills include: advanced training in research diving and boating with AAUS certification; in-depth knowledge of taxonomy and identification of southern California marine algae, invertebrates, and fish; experience in designing sampling protocols; familiarity with biological oceanographic and deep-sea sampling techniques; experience using underwater imaging systems; ability to manage, analyze and synthesize diverse types of ecological and environmental data; strong organizational and communication skills; experience mentoring and supervising research assistants; and a strong desire to work on highly interdisciplinary problems with a diverse team of investigators, postdocs, and students.

The position will be located on the UCSB campus and field research will take place in the Santa Barbara Channel. Some multiday research cruises may be required. The appointment is full time with competitive health and retirement benefits. The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Primary consideration is December 1, 2014

Please include a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for references.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. 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, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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

  • Cover Letter - Please state research accomplishments and interests

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)