Employment

Assistant Project Scientist - Fangue Lab, Dept of WFCB at UC Davis (JPF03760)

Posted: August 18, 2020

The Project Scientist provides significant, original, and creative contributions to research projects. She/he contributes to writing of grant proposals and publications, but is not required to develop an independent research program. Generally, the appointee is expected to have a broad range of knowledge and competency. The appointee will manage activities in a research lab or oversee the execution of subcomponents of a larger project, usually under a Principal Investigator. Teaching is not required in this position, but university and public service is encouraged at higher ranks.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

I. RESEARCH (90%)
This candidate is required to contribute to a research program on the ecology and conservation of fishes in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and its watershed, with an emphasis in on the movement, behavior, and physiology of native fishes. The candidate may design and execute both field and laboratory data collection, including propagation and husbandry of bay-delta fish species such as sturgeon, salmon, and their predators, as necessary. The candidate will develop research within an interdisciplinary framework, translate findings to regulatory and management agencies, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

The candidate will be expected to:

  1. Devise and conduct studies to determine: A. The ecologically relevant effects of multiple stressors facing on native fishes of the San Francisco Bay-Delta and its watershed, with an emphasis on evaluating effects of aquatic contaminants and/or thermal stress on survival, growth, behavior, and physiology. B. The behavioral and/or physiological response of sturgeon to dams and water export facilities. These studies will have application to the development of protective criteria at water diversion points, and design criteria for upstream passage facilities.
  2. Collect, summarize, and analyze data. The researcher will use standard analytical approaches including generalized linear and additive hierarchical models, machine learning techniques, etc., using R statistical software.
  3. Publishing. Publish research results in prestigious peer-reviewed journals as lead and senior author. Leading journals might include Fisheries, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Journal of Fish Biology, Environmental Biology of Fishes, and Journal of Applied Ichthyology.
  4. Reporting. Prepare technical reports to support collaborations with non-profit and agency partners (e.g., DWR, CDFW, USBR).
  5. Grant Acquisition & Management. Significantly contribute to the development of proposals and research plans resulting in the acquisition of state and federal funding to support an independent research program in fisheries science and conservation.

Other research duties include:

  1. Manage all research projects and budgets according to sound management principles.
  2. Supervise employees paid to work on funded researcher projects.
  3. Write and submit progress reports to funding agencies to satisfy grant requirements.
  4. Train, consult with, and advise graduate students, post-baccalaureate, and researchers with experimental design and data analysis of studies conducted in fisheries and aquatic ecology.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to her/his specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and give research presentations at national and international scientific meetings. When appropriate, the candidate may be requested to coordinate seminars and laboratory meetings.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)

The incumbent may assist in training or mentoring of other junior scientists or project personnel or participate in university or other groups to improve equity and inclusion in the sciences.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A PhD Degree in Aquatic Science, Animal Physiology, Ecology or appropriate related field by start date.

ADDITIONAL (met by the start date of the position):

  • Experience in laboratory and field research projects involving aquatic biology, fisheries, physiology, toxicology, natural resource management, biotelemetry, and/or related subjects.
  • Experience in writing both proposals and research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience).
  • Aptitude in communicating and extending technical information.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to facilitate collaborative research, provide information, resolve problems, and increase cooperation among individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Potential to accomplish team-based research and education programs in aquatic ecology.
  • Experience in effectively and productively interacting with multiple researchers and stakeholders.
  • Expertise in statistical and graphing programs such as R, Sigmaplot.
  • Evidence of collaborative, interpersonal- and communication- skills.

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year (starting ASAP) with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03760.

Applicants should submit the following:

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities. [https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement-nondiscrimination/]

Postdoctoral research position: Quantitative Fisheries Ecology and Management, Dept of WFCB at UC Davis (JPF03753)

Posted: September 10, 2020

The Oken Lab at the University of California Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology seeks to fill a 2-year post-doctoral researcher position. The successful candidate will have broad latitude to design a project of their own interest under the theme of quantitative fisheries ecology and management, under the mentorship of Dr. Oken. Possible topics include quantifying the benefits of different types of fishing portfolios, development and sensitivity-testing of multi-species models for management and conservation, or development and testing of statistical methods in fisheries and ecology (e.g., time series).

UC Davis has a thriving Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute which regularly hosts workshops and opportunities to meet with seminar speakers, a marine lab at Bodega Bay, a high performance supercomputing cluster the candidate would be able to utilize, and a wealth of world-class expertise in marine ecology, marine resource management, and data science. Scientists at UC Davis, including the Oken Lab, regularly collaborate with federal and local resource management agencies in the pursuit of applied research.

The scholar will receive mentoring on professional development (for careers both within and outside academia), in addition to support conducting research. The position can be held remotely for the duration of the COVID pandemic, after which location is negotiable.

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Conduct and coordinate research projects
  • Interact with and mentor graduate students in the lab
  • Be an active member of the UC Davis community, attending seminars and lab meetings
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Present research at professional meetings

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Ph.D. in fisheries, marine science, quantitative ecology, applied statistics, natural resource economics, or related field by the start of appointment
  • Experience with scientific programming in any relevant language (e.g., R, Matlab, Julia, C++, Python)
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and diversity-affirming lab community

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Research experience in marine fisheries
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers
  • Familiarity with version control systems (e.g., Git/GitHub)
  • Experience with customizable statistical packages such as TMB and Stan

SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum salary will be $55,596. Benefits for postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, as well as an employer-contributed retirement plan.

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 on or before January 4, 2021.

APPLICATION / HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03753. Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter (< 1 page)
  2. CV
  3.  Research statement (1-2 pages) describing postdoctoral research interests and goals
  4. Copy of one peer-reviewed publication
  5. Names and contact information of 3 references

Applications received by 9/25/20 will receive preference.

CONTACT

Email any questions to Dr. Kiva Oken (kloken@ucdavis.edu) with “Post-doctoral research position” in the subject.

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 at [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 for Fangue Laboratory (Dept of WFCB, UC Davis) (JPF03722)

Posted: August 26, 2020

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in the field of Eco-physiology; relating to aquatic animals’ thermal performance, swimming performance, and behavior near engineered structures.
This person may also be involved in acoustic telemetry studies in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Watersheds focusing on juvenile Chinook Salmon survival and movement behavior.

The position requires the candidate to conduct experiments with fishes, including their environmental tolerances (CTM), preferences, and behavior. This may including laboratory-based experimental research and/or field based observational research utilizing telemetry technologies. Applicant will preferably have experience with CA native anadromous fishes, specifically salmonids and sturgeons. This position will be involved in research aimed at improving our understanding of the ecology of native fishes with direct application to the conservation of these species.

General responsibilities include the care of sensitive fish species, construction/maintenance of experimental systems, and performance of high quality research in a laboratory or field setting. Working outdoors in various weather conditions; working in Quonset Hut-type laboratories where indoor temperatures can exceed outdoor temperatures; working evenings or weekends to fulfill experimental or test fish maintenance requirements, as well a working during normal working hours in temperature-controlled office and laboratories. Must be able to move coolers filled with water and fish (up to 50 lbs.); must be able to withstand the weather and temperature-related working conditions as previously described with possible work as a deckhand on a university boat. Responsibilities may also include maintaining acoustic telemetry equipment in the field/lab, assisting during acoustic transmitter implantation, and assisting in quality control of datasets. A successful applicant will be required to communicate with funding agencies, write technical reports, and contribute in the preparation of journal articles. They will attend laboratory meetings, review journal articles, engage in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, and have the possibility of presenting research findings at technical meetings and professional societies.

The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team. They will also have demonstrated the attention to detail required to successfully collect, organize and store data.

The duties of this position are designated to the following criteria:

Research (90%):

The incumbent will help design and execute studies in consultation with the PI and other project scientists. They will provide feedback on aspects of the studies. They will help with collecting and summarizing data, may assist in data analyses, and will provide information to be used for annual and related reports. They will assist the project by writing annual permitting reports and by participating in lab discussions. They will contribute to, edit, and provide feedback on any publications resulting from the work. They will be involved in animal use protocol reporting and compliance, as well as writing protocols.

Professional Competence (5%)

The incumbent may be able to participate in regional meetings. The incumbent will be expected to interact with and engage stakeholders and other agencies involved in wildlife management.

University and Public Service (5%)

The incumbent may assist in training or mentoring of other junior scientists or project personnel or participate in university or other groups to improve equity and inclusion in the sciences.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor degree in fisheries sciences, biology, conservation, marine science, neurobiology, physiology, behavior or related field by the time of the appointment.
    [In general, it is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Master’s or doctoral degree in the relevant discipline or a baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of experience with the specialized methods as a Junior Specialist.]
  • Experience with aquatic animal care.
  • Understanding of fish disease and water quality.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver 50 pounds throughout the day.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in field or laboratory research.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
  • Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems.
  • Ability to read and explain material safety data sheets (MSDS) and knowledge of laboratory safety and proper use and handling of potentially hazardous chemicals.
  • Proficient in the use of basic hand tools.
  • Provide own, reliable, transportation to and from work site; Valid CA license and acceptable driving record.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience handling native CA sturgeon and salmonids
  • Experience working independently and as a team, and in seeking more tasks as work load lessens
  • Experience with plumbing and/or construction
  • Experience with acoustic telemetry technologies (Vemco, JSATS, etc.)
  • 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
  • Experience working on boats in rivers/streams, lakes, or ocean
  • Has taken motorboat operation certification course (MOCC or equivalent)
  • Has a working knowledge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed

APPLICATION DETAILS:

SALARY RANGE: Step 1, $44,500 + benefits

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03722. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating 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 Jessica Gonzalez (or 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.

Junior Specialist & Assistant Specialist for Todd Laboratory in Herpetology & Wildlife Conservation (Dept of WFCB at UC Davis) (JPF03703)


Posted: Aug 12, 2020

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to be involved in research related to the conservation and ecology of California’s reptiles and amphibians. Opportunities will generally involve research with threatened or endangered species, including species like the Mojave Desert Tortoise.

The position requires the candidate to conduct field or lab studies with reptiles or amphibians. This may include laboratory-based experimental research/husbandry and/or field-based observational research using radio- telemetry technologies. The applicant will preferably have experience with CA native reptiles and amphibians and/or experience with radio-telemetry and sensitive-status species. This position will be involved in research aimed at improving our understanding of the ecology of native herpetofauna with direct application to the conservation of these species.

General responsibilities include the care of sensitive reptile species, construction/maintenance of experimental and husbandry systems, and performance of high-quality research in a laboratory or field setting. Working outdoors in various weather conditions, including remote field areas where temperatures can reach extremes (e.g., Mojave Desert); working evenings or weekends to fulfill experimental or test animal maintenance requirements, as well a working during normal working hours in temperature-controlled office and lab facilities. Must be able to lift equipment up to 30 lbs.; must be able to withstand the weather and temperature-related working conditions as previously described with careful attention to personal safety and avoiding weather- related illness. Responsibilities may also include maintaining telemetry equipment in the field/lab, assisting during transmitter deployment, data collection, and assisting in data entry and quality control of datasets. A successful applicant will be required to communicate with funding agencies, help write technical and permitting reports, and contribute in the preparation of journal articles. Depending on field duties and schedule, they will attend laboratory meetings, review journal articles, engage in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, and may have the possibility of presenting research findings at technical meetings and professional societies.

The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. They will also have demonstrated the attention to detail required to successfully collect, organize, and store data, as well as to communicate critical project needs, changes, or challenges to senior staff and faculty in a collaborative setting.

The duties of this position are designated to the following criteria:

Research(90%):

The incumbent will help design and execute studies in consultation with the PI and other project scientists. They will provide feedback on aspects of the studies. They will help with collecting and summarizing data, may assist in data analyses, and will provide information to be used for annual and related reports. They will assist the project by writing annual permitting reports and by participating in lab discussions. They will contribute to, edit, and provide feedback on any publications resulting from the work. They will be involved in animal use protocol reporting and compliance, as well as writing protocols.

Professional Competence (5%)

The incumbent may be able to participate in regional meetings. The incumbent will be expected to interact with and engage stakeholders and other agencies involved in wildlife management.

University and Public Service (5%)

The incumbent may assist in training or mentoring of other junior scientists or project personnel or participate in university or other groups to improve equity and inclusion in the sciences.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • For Junior Specialist: Bachelor degree in biology, conservation, ecology, wildlife or similar discipline relevant or related to the research conducted in the hiring unit.
  • For Assistant Specialist: Master’s degree in biology, conservation, ecology, wildlife (or similar relevant discipline), or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization; OR possession of a relevant baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of research experience.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver 30 pounds throughout the day.
  • Experience in field or laboratory research.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Proficiency in both written and verbal English.
  • Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems.
  • Ability to read and explain material safety data sheets (MSDS) and knowledge of laboratory safety and proper use and handling of potentially hazardous chemicals.
  • Proficient in the use of basic hand tools.
  • Provide own, reliable, transportation to and from work site; Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Commitment to a safe, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with animal care/husbandry.
  • Experience handling native CA reptiles or closely related species, including ability to obtain permits for handling desert tortoise or other similarly threatened native species.
  • Experience working independently and as a team, and in seeking more tasks as work load lessens.
  • Experience with radio-telemetry technologies.
  • Experience with standard reptile or amphibian data collection (e.g. identification, length/weight measurement) and experience handling and transporting animals.
  • Knowledge of GPS equipment, GIS software, and with R or other statistical software.
  • Experience working in remote field or laboratory locations.
  • Has basic first-aid or wilderness training and certifications.

APPLICATION DETAILS:
SALARY RANGE (100% annual + benefits):

    • Jr. Specialist, Step I - $44,500
    • Asst. Specialist, Step I - $53,300

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03697. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating 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.

Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies each year, depending on the needs of the laboratory.

Appointments will vary in length up to a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding and performance.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Jessica Gonzalez (or Anna Lee) via email to metroap@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.