Institute of Marine Sciences: Fisheries Acoustician and Modeler (Open until filled. Apply by 4/3/19)
Open date: March 4th, 2019
Last review date:Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Dec 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.
The Institute of Marine Sciences (https://ims.ucsc.edu) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Fisheries Acoustician/Modeler. Under the direction of the Deputy Director of the UCSC-NOAA Fisheries Collaborative Program at the Institute of Marine Sciences (Santa Cruz, CA) and the Fisheries Resource Division at NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA, the Fisheries Acoustician/Modeler will work with NOAA science advisors and UCSC researchers to generate the scientific information necessary for the conservation and management of California's living marine resources. The candidate is expected to participate in the planning and execution of acoustic-trawl surveys for monitoring populations of small pelagic fishes, as well as analyzing the collected acoustic, oceanographic, and biological data. The candidate will develop and apply algorithms to estimate abundance of small pelagic fish stocks, evaluate the uncertainty of the estimates, and study the temporal evolution of the fish communities and their relationships to the environment.
Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: advanced proficiency in the programing language R, advanced knowledge of statistical tools for biometric and habitat modeling, a deep understanding of underwater acoustics applied to fish biology and stock assessments, a demonstrated record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed research journals, and/or experience on the assessment of fish populations in the California Current Ecosystem or other upwelling ecosystems.
ACADEMIC TITLE Assistant Researcher - Researcher
SALARY Starting at $72,800 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in Fisheries, Ocean Sciences, Marine Biology/Marine Sciences, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Oceanography, Ecology, or a related field at the time of application (required)
A minimum of two years' post-baccalaureate research experience with underwater acoustic instrumentation, acoustic trawl surveys, and analysis of acoustic data as related to assessment of pelagic fish populations (required)
Experience with the acoustic data processing software Echoview, including the ability to construct filters (aimed at targeting various organisms), experience with the development of custom formulas and algorithms to process and analyze acoustic data, and the ability to detect and decode backscattering to enable analysis and biomass estimations (required)
Experience with a programing language for data analysis, such as R (required)
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
DURATION OF POSITION Initial appointment will be full-time for two years, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
Curriculum vitae, which must include a publication list (required)
Reference Requirement Applicants must provide the names and contact information of professional references (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by April 3, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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