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Benioff Ocean Initiative Associate Specialist or Specialist - Marine Science Institute

Company: University of California - Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: June 6, 2019

Job Description:

BENIOFF OCEAN INITIATIVE ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST OR SPECIALIST - MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE APPLY NOW TO BENIOFF OCEAN INITIATIVE ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST OR SPECIALIST - MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Job #JPF01523

* Office of Research - Marine Science Institute

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: May 29th, 2019
Next review date: Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

DESCRIPTION

The Benioff Ocean Initiative (www.boi.ucsb.edu) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks an Associate Specialist or Specialist to generate positive environmental change in the oceans.

The Benioff Ocean Initiative is an applied research center at UC Santa Barbara that aims to leverage the power of marine science to solve ocean problems and inspire the replication of these successes.

The Associate Specialist/Specialist will be required to communicate and collaborate with other research scientists who will be recruited to study ocean issues within working groups. The purpose of the research working groups will be to generate new science and review existing science to develop and execute solutions for ocean problems. Advanced expertise in marine science will be required to assemble, lead, and synthesize results from such groups. The Associate Specialist/Specialist will also be required to manage projects involving data acquisition, preparation, analysis, and visualization. A successful candidate will demonstrate flexibility and an interest in working on a diversity of ocean issues, including exploring emerging ocean technologies.

Responsibilities include:
-Identify, prepare, analyze, and visualize ocean datasets, including spatial data
-Manage or assist with the management of existing programs at the Benioff Ocean Initiative or affiliated programs with which the Benioff Ocean Initiative frequently collaborates, including:
Spotting Giant Sea Bass (https://spottinggiantseabass.msi.ucsb.edu/)
Deep Sea Mining Watch (http://deepseaminingwatch.msi.ucsb.edu/)
Global Fishing Watch (https://globalfishingwatch.org/)
-Research and report on ocean issue topic areas via concise written briefs or presentations
-Organize scientific working groups to study ocean issues
-Work with contractors and service providers to carry forward projects generated by research groups
-Build and manage teams of research volunteers to assist with projects
-Coordinate ocean-related public outreach events and activities
-Manage minor elements of website maintenance and design as needed
-Liaise with media as needed

Basic qualifications:
Master s degree or equivalent in marine science, biological science, environmental studies, data science, or a related field is required at the time of application.

Additional qualifications:
One year experience in one or more of the following areas:
-Programming, data analysis, and data visualization, including expertise in R and experience working with Git and GitHub for collaboration and version control
-Geographic information systems (GIS)
-Marine policy
-Science outreach and communication

Preferred qualifications:
-Experience conducting marine science or environmental science both inside and outside of university settings
-Experience in some of the following areas:
-Project management
-Creation and maintenance of large databases, including working with cloud hosted databases
-Programming in SQL
-Building interfaces (e.g. R Shiny apps) to interact with and summarize data
-Analysis of vessel tracking data derived from the Automatic Identification System
-Using AI or pattern recognition tools to analyze video and/or images
-UAS/drone operation
-Event planning and/or media relations

Employment at a Specialist level may be considered for applicants with a PhD or at least 10 years of experience demonstrating expertise in a relevant specialization.

This position is a 100% time appointment for one year from the start date with the possibility of reappointment, contingent upon performance and funding. Position start date is negotiable and anticipated to start in summer of 2019. This appointment includes a competitive benefits package with medical, dental and vision insurance and a UC retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with the applicant s qualifications and experience.

Electronic applications including a CV, cover letter and contact information for 3 references should be submitted via:

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01523

For primary consideration apply by June 19, 2019

Position 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.

JOB LOCATION

Santa Barbara, California

REQUIREMENTS

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