Employment

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Associate/Full Professor of Freshwater Fish Ecology
Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Endowed Chair in Coldwater Fishes

We are recruiting a 9-month (academic year) tenured Freshwater Fish Ecologist at the associate or full professor rank. The successful applicant will develop a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program that addresses questions relevant to the ecology and conservation of fishes in the diverse aquatic ecosystems of California and the region. The appointee will hold the Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Endowed Chair in Coldwater Fishes. The Chair holder needs to be an enthusiastic, experienced and visionary scientist, able to work effectively with diverse interest groups and provide the science leadership to ensure the long-term viability of California’s coldwater aquatic ecosystems and their fish fauna. This position includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission- oriented research and outreach of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Teaching responsibilities will be determined in consultation with the department chair, but will include an upper division undergraduate course on the biology and conservation of fishes (WFC 120), contribute to or lead a fish/aquatic ecology field course in alternate years (WFC 102) and possibly lead an undergraduate introductory course to Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Ecology in alternate years (WFC 10). Graduate teaching and any additional courses consistent with the appointee’s expertise that contribute to the department’s mission will be at the discretion of the candidate in discussion with the chairs of both the department and appropriate graduate group. All members of WFCB offer 1-2 lectures in departmental team-taught courses. Departmental service, collegiality, and excellence in teaching are highly valued in WFCB, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, administration, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other tasks that are shared by faculty. This is a tenured academic year position open at the associate or full professor level.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in a biological discipline relevant to coldwater (freshwater) fish ecology. Evidence of research excellence and an established record in the discipline of fish ecology, and ability to obtain extramural support for research activities. Interest in developing a research program relevant to fish ecology and conservation of coldwater aquatic ecosystems of California. Evidence of ability to work effectively with diverse interest groups and provide science leadership to ensure the long-term viability of coldwater systems and their fish fauna. Demonstrated experience and an established record of outreach and extension to stakeholders. Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g., experience, awards, course reviews, letters from colleagues). Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present information to non-scientific and public audiences. Evidence of collegiality and professional service consistent with departmental, campus, and professional citizenship. Interest in training/mentoring graduate students and in advising undergraduate students. Interest, understanding, and commitment to the land-grant mission.

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the Associate or Full Professor rank at the University of California.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following

website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00876. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2016.

Materials requested to include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) publications list, 3) three publications, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to coldwater fish ecology and conservation, and 7) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Optional material: Statement of Contributions of Diversity. Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Nann A. Fangue, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair, Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA

95616, Tel (805) 680-2481, FAX (530) 752-4154, email: nafangue@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Fish Conservation Physiology and Behavior

We are seeking two highly motivated, organized, and dynamic scientists to fill Postdoctoral Researcher positions in Fish Conservation Physiology and Behavior in the lab of Dr. Nann Fangue in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California Davis (UCD). The Postdoctoral Researchers will join a collaborative and integrative team composed of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students studying the physiology and behavior of fishes with the ultimate goal of improving conservation and management activities. Broadly, the laboratory focuses on the behavioral and physiological ecology of fishes, and the integration of this information into current and future management plans. These Postdoctoral Researchers would be working on the physiological ecology of juvenile anadromous California fishes, and their behavioral and physiological responses to
environmental stressors, such as anthropogenic disturbances or climate change.

The primary responsibility of one Postdoctoral Researcher will be to oversee and perform experiments within a 3-year project in collaboration with the UCD Department of Civil Engineering, funded by the California Department of Water Resources. The goals of this project are to provide critical information about the behavior and physiology of juvenile green sturgeon near fish protection devices (such as louvers) that are used at large-scale water pumping facilities to reduce or eliminate entrainment into the pumping plants. The researcher will engage in experiments aimed to understand how changes in environmental variables (such as water velocity, temperature, time of day, etc.) or ontogeny may influence the behavior and physiology of juvenile sturgeon, and alter interactions with fish protection devices. This project also includes the study of predation risk for juvenile green sturgeon in the presence of several native and non-native predatory fish species.

The second Postdoctoral Researcher will oversee and participate in several other research projects in the laboratory, including a 3-year project (funded by the Delta Science Program ,DSP) quantifying the effects of rearing temperature and food availability on larval green sturgeon growth and development, as well as the measurement of a variety of physiological endpoints including swimming performance and aerobic scope. Temperature is a key variable driving or mediating many important physiological properties, and is also a cause for concern in highly altered environments such as the Central Valley of California. Several agencies are interested in gaining more insight into how early rearing environments may affect threatened fish populations, and variables such as temperature can be more effectively managed to improve larval and juvenile survival. These data will be incorporated into bioenergetic and river temperature models through ongoing collaboration with colleagues at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and will be used to inform managers of potential ways to improve current management actions.

For more information about the ongoing research in Dr. Fangue’s lab, visit:
http://fanguelab.ucdavis.edu/

Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Ecology, Physiology, Animal Behavior, or a closely related field.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical and computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with R and/or another statistical software program.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.

The following qualifications are preferred but not required:

  • Previous experience working with sturgeon or other anadromous fishes.
  • Previous experience managing, mentoring, or otherwise overseeing staff, graduate or undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated capability to think critically about the practical application of research outcomes.

Salary:
Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience.

To Apply:
Please apply by sending your 1) CV inclusive of publications, awards, and both laboratory and field experience, and 2) a cover letter discussing your key experimental qualifications, research interests and motivations for this position to nafangue@ucdavis.edu. Please also specifically comment on your interest and experience engaging agency partners and stakeholders given the necessity to interface frequently with our partners at NOAA, DSP, DWR etc. Applications will begin review on 15 May 2016. Start dates are flexible.

 

Junior Specialist – UC Davis, WFCB Biotelemetry Lab

The Department of Wildlife Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed.

This position will be involved in acoustic telemetry studies focusing on questions in juvenile Chinook salmon survival. This position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities. General responsibilities include: maintaining acoustic telemetry equipment in the field/lab, assisting during acoustic transmitter implantation, and assisting in QA/QC of detection files. The Junior Specialist will be attend laboratory meetings where journal articles are reviewed and they will engage in discussions on research results of the members of the laboratory.  They will be encouraged to review any research proposals, on which they are included, and any manuscripts. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in fisheries or wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, or related field with a minimum of 1 year of experience in field research
  • Ability to lift and maneuver 50 pounds throughout the day
  • Experience working on boats in rivers/streams, lakes, or ocean
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Experience with scientific data collection

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some experience with telemetric technologies, specifically JSATS
  • Experience with standard fisheries data collection (e.g. fish identification, length/weight measurement) and experience handling and transporting fish
  • Knowledge of GPS equipment, GIS software, and with R or other statistical software
  • Has taken motorboat operation certification course (MOCC or equivalent)
  • Has a working knowledge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed
  • Familiarity with MS Excel, Word, and Access or SQL

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01300. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for three recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Denise Petkus via email to metroexec@ucdavis.edu    

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Junior Specialist - The Role of Agricultural Habitats in Meeting Waterfowl Needs in the Central Valley of California

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to undertake a survey of the role of agricultural habitats in meeting waterfowl needs in the Central Valley of California.

The Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) assumes that waterfowl in the Central Valley rely on three major foraging habitats: managed seasonal wetlands, harvested rice fields and harvested grain corn fields. Because two of these three habitat types are provided by agricultural producers, it is critically important to understand how these private lands are being managed relative to waterfowl needs. Specifically, we need to understand the current contribution of agricultural sources to waterfowl food energy supplies, how that may change in the future, and what those future changes would mean to waterfowl. Our greatest areas of uncertainty center on post-harvest practices other than winter-flooding, or on post-harvest practices that precede winter-flooding. For example the CVJV's assumptions about the post­ harvest treatment of rice and corn fields that are not flooded are over 25 years old, and are based on the Joint Venture's 1989 implementation plan. Even recent estimates of food availability in rice fields are compromised by uncertainty  over these post-harvest practices (i.e. those being used in the CVJV plan update). To determine the amount of food provided by rice, we need to understand how rice fields are stratified among the various post-harvest practices used by California producers and sample waste rice in each of these post-harvest categories. There are three critical areas of information need:

(1) a clear understanding of current  post-harvest practices used by rice growers and grain corn growers and the acreage subjected to each;

(2) estimates of the current  food/energy value provided under each of these treatment types; and

(3) projection of future changes in these practices.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Raveling Waterfowl Program at UC Davis and with partners from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and California Department of Fish & Wildlife to develop and implement surveys to provide this information. The successful candidates will participate in research on the availability and importance of food in agricultural fields for wintering waterfowl. This position will also conduct research on grower post-harvest management practices and futures trends in these practices. The Junior Specialist will be required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results

The Junior Specialist will design and conduct field surveys to identify and define the post-harvest practices currently used by California rice growers and grain corn growers, and conduct a survey of locations/landowners providing a representative sample of rice and corn fields in different regions of the central valley. Duties will include working with partner agencies to develop the survey design, conducting field surveys and meeting with landowners to validate visual roadside surveys. The Junior Specialist will further conduct field sampling to assess the residual rice and corn that remains after harvest. This will require coordination with a large number of growers, sampling at multiple locations throughout the valley, leading a team of assistants and undertaking laboratory analysis of cores and clips taken from sample plots to measure residual seeds. The Junior Specialist will also help to develop a complementary mail-in survey of growers, involving development of the questions, mailings, data collection, data entry and analysis of survey results, summary and write-up of the survey findings. Some of these activities may involve site visits with partner biologists and landowners/growers, independent site visits or interviews with landowners and managers to complete the information survey, or telephone and written contacts with mangers and landowners.

Expectations for Professional Competence and Activity include: participation in appropriate technical committees and other educational and research organizations; and development of research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The Junior Specialist must have extensive field experience, be knowledgeable of agricultural practices in the Central Valley, have knowledge and training in waterfowl and wetland ecology, and be able to drive through the valley conducting field assessments

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor degree in wildlife ecology / biology
  • Field research experience, date entry and data management
  • Interest and familiarity with waterfowl management and ecology
  • Interest and experience conducting field surveys
  • Ability to work independently, outside in various weather conditions
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Drivers license
  • Ability to work with partner biologists and landowners.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience conducting independent studies and surveys in the field.
  • Strong experience and training in waterfowl & wetland ecology and management.
  • Experience working with agricultural partners and growers.

SALARY RANGE:  Step I - $37,548 (100% annual + benefits)

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by August 31, 2016. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  50-100% for 12 months October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 with possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anna Lee via email to metroexec@ucdavis.edu 

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.