Institute of Marine Sciences: Habitat Posdoctoral Scholar (Open until filled. Apply by 9/11/2020)
The Institute of Marine Sciences 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 postdoctoral scholar. Under the direction of Dr. Peter Dudley, the postdoctoral scholar will develop a modeling toolkit 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 resident fish populations if managers are to mitigate the effects of human actions, recover populations of threatened fish species, and effectively manage resident fish populations. We are developing a mechanistic ecological modeling tool which will allow agencies to predict the effect of proposed habitat altering actions on native fish populations. This modeling tool will be spatially explicit and will use an individual based modeling framework. This call is to fill two postdoctoral scholar positions and one will focus on the development of a portion of this modeling toolkit for green sturgeon, while the other will focus on two salmonids (steelhead and Chinook salmon). While designing and implementing the model, the postdoctoral scholar will investigate the biological mechanisms of how habitat alterations affect the fish, determine the best methods for modeling these mechanisms, aggregate and synthesize literature and data necessary for the chosen methods, and code and test the model and modeling framework. This is an excellent opportunity to both conduct fundamental scientific research into the effects of habitat alteration of resident fish and to help develop a tool, which government agencies will use to assess the effects of their actions on resident fish populations. While the model will be general enough to operate on many rivers, the initial use will be on the California Sacramento River. The position is currently funded for two years.
Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
Demonstrated knowledge of lotic fish ecology
Experience in mechanistic ecological models
Experience in individual based models and related programs and languages
Demonstrated record of scientific publishing and oral presentation
Experience in GIS
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.
ACADEMIC TITLE Postdoctoral Scholar
SALARY Commensurate with qualifications and experience with a minimum annual salary $61,000. Annual salary rates are made based on the individual's Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at https://apo.ucsc.edu/compensation/salary-scales/index.html
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in the field of fisheries biology, fisheries management, natural resources management, ecology, or other related field of study at the time of initial appointment.
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
MAXIMUM DURATION OF SERVICE IN A POSTDOCTORAL TITLE Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 11, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.
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. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.
Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).
UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at email@example.com (831) 459-4602.
UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.