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Postdoctoral Researcher Position State of Alaska’s Salmon and People Synthesis at NCEAS

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The University of California, Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) invites applicants for a 100% time Postdoctoral scholar position to support synthesis research and working group collaboration for a new project – State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP). The position will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA with the regular travel to Alaska anticipated. The SASAP project is jointly led by Dr. Frank Davis, NCEAS and Dr. Ian Dutton, Nautilus Impact Investing.

SASAP consists of multiple working groups of experts funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to provide an up-to-date interdisciplinary perspective on Alaska’s salmon systems and the people who rely upon them. Our mission is to create an equitable decision-making platform for all stakeholders by addressing the information gaps in Alaska’s salmon system through information synthesis, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement. SASAP seeks to answer three core questions: what do we know, what do we not know, and how can we better integrate and share what we know about Alaska’s salmon system for better decision-making?

For more information about the SASAP project visit:

• Plan, coordinate and participate in working group meetings/activities (as agreed)
• Compile, integrate and analyze diverse data sets and develop derived data sets to advance the objectives of the working groups including, but not limited to: salmon distribution and habitat, sociocultural and economic dimensions of salmon systems, current governance and management of salmon, and pressures on salmon and salmon communities.
• Contribute substantively to working group publications
• Co-design and lead the execution of a sub-project within the overall framework of SASAP that will constitute an important research contribution with one or more publications anticipated as a result.
• Opportunities will exist to concurrently pursue integrated research activities, linking SASAP with the work of other NCEAS and University of Alaska researchers and postdoctoral researchers

• PhD in ecology, geography, anthropology, fisheries, economics or related field

• Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills and experience working with diverse data sets
• Experience working with interdisciplinary academic and non-academic project teams (state & federal agencies, tribal entities, community and industry representatives, NGOs, etc.)
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Outstanding organizational skills
• Experience working with groups outside of academia
• Familiarity with Alaska’s salmon management systems and the people who depend on salmon for their livelihoods
• Expertise in use of R statistical computing software, including using spatial statistics, machine learning, multi-level modeling and development of custom R packages

Start date is October 1st, 2016

Salary and Benefits: Postdoctoral Scholar Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications.
Full time appointment for 18 months from start date. Full benefits package included.

How to apply: Please apply through UC Recruit

Required Documents to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three 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 and 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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA




3 references required (contact information only)