Researcher in Geochemistry

University of California Davis

Assistant Specialist for Otolith Geochemistry & Fish Ecology Laboratory, Dept of WFCB, UC Davis

Job #JPF04278
  • WILDLIFE & FISHERIES BIOLOGY / Agricultural and Environmental Sciences / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: July 9th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Jul 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 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 Otolith Geochemistry & Fish Ecology Laboratory, within the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology (WFCB) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of Assistant Specialists to join research efforts related to the conservation and ecology of California’s native fishes.

The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.

ASSISTANT SPECIALIST POSITION DESCRIPTION

Major Responsibilities and Designated Areas of Expertise

  1. Research in Specialized Areas (90% effort)
    a. Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities focusing on the development, assessment, and application of otolith-based aging and geochemical approaches to study California native fishes, including but not limited to data collection, data analysis, proposal preparation, manuscript preparation, or preparation of content for presentation at professional meetings related to the following: phenological, migratory, population dynamical, and vital responses of native estuarine fishes to environmental variation and climate change in the San Francisco Estuary. Evaluation of performance in research activities or in outreach activities as deemed applicable to the individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following:
    i. Publications that acknowledge the Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work.
    ii. Publications on which the Specialist is an author.
    iii. Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Specialist contributed to publishable research.
    iv. Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through informal instruction, presentations, or other means stemming from the Specialist's research accomplishments.
    v. Other evidence of recognized expertise may include formal documentation of intellectual effort and participation in publishable research activities, first authorship on publications/patents, presentation of research at regional/national meetings, invitations to review grant proposals and/or journal articles, invitations to participate in research projects, and/or service on advisory panels.
    b. Serve as a research coordinator for other ichthyology-related projects conducted by PIs in the department, as resources permit. Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual laboratories,assistance with logistics planning, data management and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the requesting individual(s).

  2. Professional Competency and Activity (5% effort)
    a. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
    b. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

  3. University and Public Service (5% effort)
    a. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations,state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise.
    b.Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

• 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 by start date.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

• Ability to lift and maneuver 30 pounds throughout the day.
• Experience in field and laboratory research.
• Strong organizational and communication skills.
• Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, R and/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.
• Must hold a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record to drive work trucks.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Knowledge and experience in standard fisheries sampling methods, fish handling, data collection, and identification of California estuarine fish species
• Knowledge and experience in otolith preparation for age, growth and laser ablation geochemistry
• Knowledge and experience in conducting otolith laser ablation geochemistry
• Knowledge and experience in identifying and handling planktonic organisms from the San Francisco Estuary.
• Experience working on or handling boats in rivers, estuaries, and marine waters, including boat operator training and certification (MOCC).
• Knowledge and experience in using GPS equipment and GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS).
• Knowledge and experience in data management, QAQC, and statistical analysis using common software (R).

APPLICATION DETAILS:

SALARY RANGE (100% annual + benefits):
• Asst. Specialist, Step I - $54,900

TO APPLY: Please go to the following link: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04278]. 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].

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Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

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 by start date.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Ability to lift and maneuver 30 pounds throughout the day.
• Experience in field and laboratory research.
• Strong organizational and communication skills.
• Experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, R and/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.
• Must hold a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record to drive work trucks.

Preferred qualifications

• Knowledge and experience in standard fisheries sampling methods, fish handling, data collection, and identification of California estuarine fish species
• Knowledge and experience in otolith preparation for age, growth and laser ablation geochemistry
• Knowledge and experience in conducting otolith laser ablation geochemistry
• Knowledge and experience in identifying and handling planktonic organisms from the San Francisco Estuary.
• Experience working on or handling boats in rivers, estuaries, and marine waters, including boat operator training and certification (MOCC).
• Knowledge and experience in using GPS equipment and GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS).
• Knowledge and experience in data management, QAQC, and statistical analysis using common software (R).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04278

Help contact: jcagonzalez@ucdavis.edu

Job location

Davis, CA