Employment

Postdoc Scholar Position in Fisheries Science (Dept of WFCB, UC Davis) (JPF03607)

Posted: June 15, 2020

The Otolith Geochemistry & Fish Ecology Laboratory (OGFL) at UC Davis has an opening for a full-time 12-month Postdoctoral Scholar beginning (as early as) August 1, 2020, with the opportunity to renew given satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be funded by an on-going 2-year project on the "Application of cutting-edge tools to retrospectively evaluate habitat suitability and flow effects on Longfin Smelt"; awarded to Dr. Levi Lewis. We are specifically looking for a Postdoctoral Scholar with a strong background in fisheries and/or quantitative ecology, with experience in modeling variation in the abundance, movement, and vital rates of aquatic organisms, preferably in R. Experience in conducting otolith-based analyses, including age/growth and laser-ablation chemistry is preferred, but not necessary.

About the OGFL at UC Davis

The OGFL at UC Davis (www.ogfishlab.com) specializes in using state-of-the-art techniques to examine growth rates, hatch distributions, movement patterns, life-history diversity, and basic ecology of exploited and endangered fishes in the San Francisco Estuary, California. The lab is housed in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (under Dr. Nann Fangue, https://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/), where field operations are based and laboratory processing of specimens and otoliths is conducted. The OGFL partners with researchers at the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (http://icpms.ucdavis.edu/) to analyze otolith chemistry using laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). We also have on-going collaborations with the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA), Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL), School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Santa Cruz, and several federal (US Bureau of Reclamation) and state (California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Water Resources) agencies, all working to quantify the essential habitat needs and vital rates of endangered fishes throughout the estuary.
 
Position Description

At UC Davis, a postdoctoral scholar is one who trains under the direction of a (research) mentor in a substantial full-time program of advanced research and training beyond the doctoral level, in preparation for an independent career. Postdoctoral scholars may expect the opportunity for collaborative and independent research and publication as determined by mutual agreement with their mentor. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be expected to work in collaboration with Dr. Lewis (PI) to draft reports, develop proposals, mentor junior staff, conduct statistical analyses, and draft papers/reports. Analyses will include modeling the abundance and responses of endangered estuarine fishes in the San Francisco Estuary, both in space and time, and in relation to environmental conditions, including otolith-based estimates of growth and migration. The primary worksite location will be in the Otolith Geochemistry and Fish Ecology Laboratory within the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, at the West Entry Trailer offices. Additional work sites may include the CABA and FCCL facilities, and field sites in the San Francisco Estuary.

Benefits

UC Davis Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the UC Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan (PSBP), which includes medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, disability insurance, and workers’ compensation, and which satisfies U.S. visa requirements. Families are also eligible to participate in the medical, vision and dental plans. In addition to all holidays observed at UC Davis, an additional 24 days of personal time off (PTO) per year, and up to 12 days of sick leave per year are provided.

University of California postdoctoral scholars are exclusively represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). Details concerning benefits as a Postdoctoral Scholar are set forth in Article 3 “Benefits” of the UC-UAW Local 5810 Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) (http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/px/index.html).
All offers are contingent upon evidence of the doctoral degree and documentation of employment eligibility in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies is the administrative home for postdoctoral scholars. Relevant information for postdoctoral scholars can be found at http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/postdocs. In addition, there is a Postdoctoral Scholars Association at UC Davis. Information on this organization can be found at http://postdocs.ucdavis.edu.

For further information or to apply, contact:

Levi Steele Lewis, PhD
Otolith Geochemistry & Fish Ecology Laboratory | ogfishlab.com
UC Davis | Dept. of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616
cell: 707-338-4145 | email: lslewis@ucdavis.edu
 
RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Manage large datasets of fish, and otolith data using Access and R, including QAQC
•    Conduct analyses and draft manuscripts for peer review.
•    Assist with fish dissections and otolith preparation and analysis for age and chemistry
•    Assist with otolith image analyses for annual and daily age and growth
•    Assist with trace element and stable isotope analysis of otoliths
•    Assist with field collections of native and non-native fishes
•    Assist in leading teams and mentoring staff in the laboratory and field
•    Assist with laboratory experiments using small fishes MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
•    Ph.D. in aquatic ecology, oceanography, environmental chemistry, limnology, or related field
•    Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers
•    Demonstrated ability to model variation in the abundance, movement, and vital rates of aquatic organisms, preferably in R
•    Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines
•    Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants with:
•    Familiarity with managing large datasets using Access and R, including QAQC
•    Experience in fish dissection and otolith preparation and analysis for age and chemistry
•    Experience conducting otolith image analyses for annual and daily age and growth
•    Experience conducting trace element and stable isotope analysis of calcified structures
•    Knowledge of CA native fishes (larval and adult identification)
•    MOTC Boating Certification and experience piloting small water craft for research
•    Experience with managing teams in the laboratory and field
•    Experience in conducting laboratory experiments using small fishes SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT

The position is 100% for 12 months initially, renewable for an additional 12 month period contingent on satisfactory progress.

The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of August 1, 2020 or sooner. APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03310. Applicants should submit the following:
a)    a one‐page cover letter,
b)    CV and
c)    names and contact information of at least 3 references familiar with your work.

CONTACT

Email any questions to Dr. Levi S. Lewis (lslewis@ucdavis.edu) with ‘Post-doctoral Research Position: Otolith Geochemistry & Fish Ecology Lab" in the subject.

Lecturer Position

Posted: January 16, 2019

Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation BiologyUniversity of California, Davis

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology offers a temporaryLecturer position in Population Dynamics and Estimation

APPOINTMENT DATE:

Spring Quarter 2020: 04/01/2020 to 06/30/2020

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach one upper division course in Population Dynamics and Estimation: 122

QUALIFICATIONS: Appropriate professional degree, e.g., doctorate or master’s degree (or 30 unitsof graduate coursework); demonstrated teaching ability; a developing record of scholarly or professional achievement in an area of expertise related to the subject area of the course.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Temporary lecturers are selected to fill specialized positions that requireprofessional as well as academic expertise.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

COURSE AVAILABILITY: The following course is available for Spring quarter 2020:

  • Population Dynamics and Estimation: 122

See link below for full course description. http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/WFC/WFCcourses.html

APPLICATIONS: For full consideration, applications must be received by 01/28/2020. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, evidence of teaching proficiency and three names of reference. Candidates may be asked for further evidence of scholarship or teaching effectiveness at a later date. Candidates must apply online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03358.

This position is covered by collective bargaining agreement. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equalemployment 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.

Announcement PDF

Junior Specialist

Posted: November 1, 2019

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology (WFCB) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists in UC Davis WFCB Labs (Hobbs Laboratory, Fangue Laboratory, Rypel Laboratory, Todd Laboratory, the Biotelemetry Lab, WFCB Museum). Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies each year, depending on the needs of the laboratory.

First screening of applicants will start 11/15/2019.
Appointments will vary in length up to a 12 month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding and performance.

SELECTION CRITERIA
For a Junior Specialist

a)   Performance in research in specialized areas. b)   Professional competence and activity.
c)    Bachelor degree in physiology, biology, conservation, marine science, or a related field. d)   Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
e)   Excellent communication skills.
f)    Experience in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) or other appropriate computer
programs (GIS, R, SQL, MARK) to organize, summarize and analyze data. g)   Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
h)   Ability to work independently and as part of a team. i)    Ability to effectively manage a small team.
j)    Valid driver’s license issued in the United States.

View Position Descriptions for each lab: Full AD - Position Descriptions

APPLICATION DETAILS: Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology Department Labs

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 (100% annual + benefits)

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03251. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating your lab(s) interest and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Rachel Geier 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.

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Posted: September 13, 2019

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Teaching (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE)). This position is comparable to a tenure-track assistant professor appointment. Professors of Teaching faculty are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education, and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching methods. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching both lower and upper division undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses with 4-6 courses per year (on a quarter system; 1-2 courses per quarter). Courses may include WFC 10 (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), WFC 50 (Natural History of California’s Wild Vertebrates), BIS 2B (Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution) and up to 3 other courses to be determined in consultation with the chair and pending the candidate’s background and interests. The successful applicant will also be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, work with other faculty to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives, support student internships in the department, and develop a successful discipline-based educational research program. Qualified applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences or related disciplines relevant to the field of wildlife, fish & conservation biology, preferably with postgraduate experience.

Other preferred qualifications include documented success in some or all of the following areas: teaching large undergraduate classes, experiential learning, use of evidence-based teaching practices, use of modern instructional technology including virtual models, ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations, experience conducting education research, as consistent with a successful discipline-based education research program. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials must be received by October 24, 2019 to be assured full consideration. Applicants should submit materials online at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu .

Please include your curriculum vitae, a description of your research background (not to exceed two pages), statement of current and proposed teaching and science education plans (not to exceed four pages), and a statement describing your past experience in and future plans for activities that promote diversity and inclusion. Applicants should request letters of reference from 3 referees familiar with the applicant’s teaching abilities to be submitted directly to  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu by October 24, 2019. For more information on this position and UC Davis in general, please visit the following web site:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu or contact the search committee chair, Professor John Eadie, at  jmeadie@ucdavis.edu or (530) 754-0145.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.  https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/work-life

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work- life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.  http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/worklife/index.htm

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is a  U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full- time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

Posted. June 6, 2019

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting for an Assistant Adjunct Professor.

The appointee is will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. In addition, the appointee will participate in advising graduate students as well as maintaining an active research program.

TEACHING: The candidate will regularly participate in teaching courses that support the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology undergraduate major offered by the department and may participate in graduate level teaching, likely in service to the graduate group in ecology.

In addition, the department anticipates that there will be multiple opportunities to participate as instructor, co-instructor, or guest lecturer in several other courses as well, e.g. WFC 10 or WFC 100.

RESEARCH: Appointee will be performing cutting edge research on fish and aquatic vertebrate ecology, stream ecology, hydrology, and conservation biology that fits well within the mission of WFCB,

SERVICE: Appointee to participate in advising graduate students, including as a major professor, thesis/dissertation committee member, and qualifying exam committee member. Appointee will also be expected to supervise undergraduate research and to serve on departmental and graduate group committees.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Ph.D. in Ecology or a related field. The candidate should have the experience to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and experience in teaching and mentoring students. Evidence of research excellence is expected. Candidate research and teaching experience to be oriented to fish and aquatic vertebrate ecology, stream ecology, hydrology, and conservation biology.

SALARY:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding and grants to cover salary.

This position is WOS.  Candidate can cover salary by securing their own extramural funding and grants.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by July 5, 2019. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply. Applicants should submit the following materials:

1.   Curriculum Vitae (required)
2.   Cover Letter (optional, indicating how they meet the minimum and desirable qualifications,
3.   Statement of Research (required, Statement of Research Accomplishments)
4.   Statement of Teaching (required, Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy)
5.   Statement of Contributions to Diversity (required)
6.   Letters of Recommendation for 4 recent references (required). 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

Junior Specialist

Posted July 24, 2019

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology (WFCB) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists in UC Davis WFCB Labs (Hobbs Laboratory, Fangue Laboratory, Rypel Laboratory, Todd Laboratory, the Biotelemetry Lab, WFCB Museum). Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies each year, depending on the needs of the laboratory.

First screening of applicants will start 8/8/2019.
Appointments will vary in length up to a 12 month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding and performance.

SELECTION CRITERIA
For a Junior Specialist


a) Performance in research in specialized areas.
b) Professional competence and activity.
c) Bachelor degree in physiology, biology, conservation, marine science, or a related field.
d) Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
e) Excellent communication skills.
f) Experience in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) or other appropriate computer programs (GIS, R, SQL, MARK) to organize, summarize and analyze data.
g) Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
h) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
i) Ability to effectively manage a small team.
j) Valid driver’s license issued in the United States.

 

View Position Descriptions for each lab:  Full Position Description

APPLICATION DETAILS: Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology Department Labs

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 (100% annual + benefits)

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02970. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating your lab(s) interest and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Rachel Geier 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.