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Junior or Assistant Specialist – Marine Science Institute

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Junior or Assistant Specialist – Marine Science Institute
(1 position - Single hire recruitment)

The Marine Science Institute is seeking a highly qualified Junior or Assistant Specialist 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; and have a strong desire to work on highly interdisciplinary problems with a diverse team of investigators, postdocs, and students.

Basic qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences or related field.

Additional qualifications: Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Marine Sciences or related field is required should the applicant be offered the position at the Assistant level.

Preferred Qualifications:
-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

The positions 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.

Salary and benefits will depend on academic background and experience. 100% time appointment for one year from start date with possibility for second year renewal.

Electronic applications (including a CV and names only of 3 references) and a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests should be sent to:

The position is available immediately. For full consideration, please apply by December 22, 2017. Position will be open until filled.

MSI is 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


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

  • Cover Letter - State research accomplishments and interests

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)