Assistant Project Scientist in Biological Modeling

University of California Santa Barbara

Assistant Project Scientist - Biological Modeling

Job #JPF02253
  • Earth Research Institute / Office of Research / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:Biological Modeling
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Start date is flexible, but ideally September 1, 2022.
Position duration: 1 year from start date, with possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance and funding

Application Window

Open date: August 15th, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Aug 29, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 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.

Position description

The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks an Assistant Project Scientist to develop mathematical models describing the ecology and evolution of organisms and biological communities. The project scientist will initially work with Professor Holly Moeller (Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology) on models of acquired metabolism, such as dynamic energy budget models, optimal control models, and community dynamic models. The project scientist will be expected develop and analyze these models, including programming (in a computer language such as MATLAB, Python, or Mathematica) and statistical analysis of model fits to data. However, future collaborations, including with other faculty at UCSB, may be possible depending on funding and interest.

The project scientist is expected to make significant and creative contributions to research, and to present their work and author papers describing their work. The project scientist will also have the opportunity to develop additional collaborations with other faculty at UCSB, depending on funding availability and interest. The project scientist will be invited to help guide undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in the research lab.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent, in an area such as biology, ecology, mathematics, applied mathematics, engineering, physics, or oceanography at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

At least two years of postdoctoral experience, or equivalent, using mathematical models in an area such as biology, ecology, applied mathematics, or oceanography.

Preferred qualifications

A record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Previous research experience in mathematical ecology, including the analysis of dynamical models, and statistical fitting of models to data.

Experience working with models of metabolism, especially models of symbiosis and/or mixotrophy.

Mentorship and/or supervision of junior researchers and students.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Published or submitted scholarly work - 1-3 samples of published or submitted scholarly work (e.g.,article, book chapter, etc.)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide the contact of three references that will be contacted if considered as one of the top candidates.

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Campus Information

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job location

University of California, Santa Barbara