Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
FCP Staff Research Associate
Location: Santa Cruz Job ID: 10390
Initial Review Date (IRD) Initial Review Date (IRD): 09-24-2020
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Dept Marketing Statement The Institute of Marine Sciences [https://ims.ucsc.edu/] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), working in conjunction with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries), invites applications for the position of Staff Research Associate, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dudley, the staff research associate will join a team developing a model to assess the effect of habitat alterations on anadromous fish on large rivers. Humans have and continue to alter many large rivers both for human and wildlife needs. Agencies need to assess how these human actions affect the resident fish if managers are to mitigate the effects of human actions, recover populations of threatened fish species, and effectively manage native fish populations. We are developing a modeling tool which will allow agencies to predict the effect of proposed habitat altering actions on native anadromous fish populations. This modeling tool will be spatially explicit and use an individual based modeling framework. The staff research associate will aid in model development by mining scientific literature and reports for data, aggregating and synthesizing the data necessary for model development, maintaining a database, conducting basic statistical analysis especially regressions, and performing basic geographic information analysis as necessary. These tasks require the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and extract data from it based on understanding of experimental methods, statistical analysis, and scientific modeling needs. If the data found is of sufficient quality, the staff research associate will have the opportunity to assist in the publication of a meta-analysis peer reviewed article. This is an exciting opportunity to both conduct fundamental scientific research into the effects of habitat alteration of resident fish and help in developing a tool which government agencies will use to assess the effects of their habitat alterations on resident fish populations. While the goal is to have a model that will be general enough to operate on many rivers, the initial use will be on rivers in the Sacramento Basin, California.
Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
Experience searching literature using web portals such as Web of Science and Google Scholar
Experience critically synthesizing scientific literature and inputting information into spreadsheets or databases
Experience using scientific models
Experience with basic statistical techniques or knowledge of R (statistical programing language)
The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) is an organized research unit whose mission is to increase knowledge of the world's oceans and inhabitants to better understand their economic importance and the impact people have on them. Through this effort, IMS maintains the responsibility to encourage, develop, and support marine research and education and does this by providing research opportunities, resources, facilities, and support for scientists within the institute and with other marine research institutions.
As part of its mission's efforts, IMS launched the Fisheries Collaborative Program (FCP) to help fosters research collaborations between NOAA scientists, UCSC faculty, IMS researchers, and students. The FCP's research activities include field and laboratory experiments, modeling, and computational studies and they involve marine and freshwater species and habitats where comprehensive studies are being conducted on the ecology and life history of Pacific salmonids and other fishes. The FCP serves to support and resource managers (e.g., Pacific Fisheries Management Council), fisheries, and resource science in general.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $58,727.18/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus
Union Representation: Yes - RX Union
Job Duties 40% - Literature search Conduct comprehensive searches of scientific literature, white papers, and reports.
25% - Data organization and synthesis Mine data from scientific literature, white papers, and reports and put in a spreadsheet or database in an organized manner.
15% - Statistical analysis Conduct basic statistical analysis of data.
10% - Present work Give presentations of teams work both internally to our lab and to broader audiences.
10% - GIS work Perform basic GIS tasks as necessary.
Knowledge such as attained in upper division coursework leading to a Bachelor Degree in Biology, Fisheries, Fisheries Science, Wildlife, Zoology, or other related field or combination of education and work experience.
Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Good organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
Ability to exercise flexibility, initiative, good judgment and discretion.
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Computer skills or knowledge should include Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access.
Ability to conduct comprehensive literature searches using web portals such as Web of Science and Google Scholar.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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