Research Associate in Green Sturgeon and Chinook Conservation

Categories: Employment

Date: 9/24/2020

Apply By: 09-24-2020

The Institute of Marine Sciences [https://ims.ucsc.edu/] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), working in conjunction with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries), invites applications for the position of Staff Research Associate, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dudley, the staff research associate will join a team developing a model to assess the effect of habitat alterations on anadromous fish on large rivers. Humans have and continue to alter many large rivers both for human and wildlife needs. Agencies need to assess how these human actions affect the resident fish if managers are to mitigate the effects of human actions, recover populations of threatened fish species, and effectively manage native fish populations. We are developing a modeling tool which will allow agencies to predict the effect of proposed habitat altering actions on native anadromous fish populations. This modeling tool will be spatially explicit and use an individual based modeling framework. The staff research associate will aid in model development by mining scientific literature and reports for data, aggregating and synthesizing the data necessary for model development, maintaining a database, conducting basic statistical analysis especially regressions, and performing basic geographic information analysis as necessary. These tasks require the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and extract data from it based on understanding of experimental methods, statistical analysis, and scientific modeling needs. If the data found is of sufficient quality, the staff research associate will have the opportunity to assist in the publication of a meta-analysis peer reviewed article. This is an exciting opportunity to both conduct fundamental scientific research into the effects of habitat alteration of resident fish and help in developing a tool which government agencies will use to assess the effects of their habitat alterations on resident fish populations. While the goal is to have a model that will be general enough to operate on many rivers, the initial use will be on rivers in the Sacramento Basin, California.

    Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Experience searching literature using web portals such as Web of Science and Google Scholar
  • Experience critically synthesizing scientific literature and inputting information into spreadsheets or databases
  • Experience using scientific models
  • Experience with basic statistical techniques or knowledge of R (statistical programing language)


Salary Information: $58,727.18/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

    Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge such as attained in upper division coursework leading to a Bachelor Degree in Biology, Fisheries, Fisheries Science, Wildlife, Zoology, or other related field or combination of education and work experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to exercise flexibility, initiative, good judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Computer skills or knowledge should include Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access.
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive literature searches using web portals such as Web of Science and Google Scholar.


    Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge such as attained in upper division coursework leading to a Master Degree in Biology, Fisheries, Fisheries Science, Wildlife, Zoology, or other related field or combination of education and work experience.
  • Experience using GIS software.
  • Experience with R (statistical programing language).
  • Experience using scientific models.


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