Junior Specialist in a Marine Ecology Laboratory; Marine Science Institute, UCSB

Job Title: 
Junior Specialist in a Marine Ecology Laboratory
Job Location: 
Santa Barbara, CA
Full-Time / Part-Time; 9 months
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks a Junior Specialist to assist in experimental field marine ecology within a Marine Ecology Laboratory. The Junior Specialist will assist in laboratory work and field work for the Moorea Coral Reef LTER in addition to designing and running their own ecological experiments as part of our research program. This work will include a significant amount of coral reef ecology fieldwork in Moorea, French Polynesia. 

Research will include SCUBA diving via small boats to gather data on fish and coral communities and to set up ecological experiments. This position will entail significant detailed analyses of videos on fish foraging and photographs of coral communities to quantify organism e.g. coral, algae, etc) identity and abundance, which requires specialized knowledge and expertise in fish behavior, the taxonomy of fishes, corals, and algae, and specific computer programs for video and photo analyses. 

The Junior Specialist will also be responsible for physical oceanography data collection using a variety of instruments and be expected to participate in field expeditions without the PI, which will entail them using their creativity to set up their own experiments to expand our ongoing work in Moorea. 

Basic qualifications: 
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, ecology, or 3 years of equivalent experience required at the time of application
• SCUBA and AAUS certification with 100’ depth certification. 

Additional qualifications: 
• 2 years experience handling small vessels in near-shore systems. 
• 2 years experience with physical oceanography instrumentation.
• 1 year experience with basic data management and analyses including the use of computer software packages such as PGAdmin, Excel and SeaTerm. 

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience in field marine ecology, Indo-Pacific coral reef biology and taxonomy, and oceanographic processes. 
• Demonstrate skills to design and conduct their own experiments in coral reef ecology. 

Special Requirements:
• Applicants must have a good driving record with a California driver’s license
• Must possess or be able to obtain the necessary documentation, e.g. US Passport, required to allow travel to French Polynesia and be able to travel and reside outside of the United States for extended periods of time.

Please note this position is a combination of 100% time some months, and part-time some other months

The anticipated start date of the position is January 2019 and it is for 9 months total from January 2019 to September 2019. It will be full time for January, June, July and August and 65% (26 hours/week) for February, March, April and May with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding availability. 

Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Electronic applications (including a cover letter, CV and names only of 3 references) should be sent to:


For full consideration, please apply by December 13, 2018. Thereafter, position will be open until filled. 

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the 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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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