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Subject: Job Posting: Junior Specialist in Marine Ecology specializing in coral reef studies
From: "Andrew J. Brooks" <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:49:15 -1000

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Hello -

   The Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa 
Barbara is currently advertising for a Junior Specialist to assist 
personnel associated with the US NSF funded Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term 
Ecological Research site in their studies of the coral reefs surrounding 
the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.  The successful applicant will 
be based at the University of California in Santa Barbara, but will 
spend several months each year on the island of Moorea, French 
Polynesia.  Applications are being accepted through August 8th, 2016 
with a September 1, 2016 start date. This is a one year position with an 
opportunity for continuing, annual renewal based on performance and 
funding.  Please see the ad below for more details.

Junior Specialist in a Marine Ecology Laboratory

The Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa 
Barbara, seeks a Junior Specialist to assist in experimental field 
marine ecology within a Marine Ecology Laboratory. The Junior Specialist 
will assist in laboratory work and field work for the Moorea Coral Reef 
LTER in addition to designing and running their own ecological 
experiments as part of our research program. This work will include a 
significant amount of coral reef ecology fieldwork in Moorea, French 
Polynesia. Research will include SCUBA diving via small boats to gather 
data on fish and coral communities and to set up ecological experiments. 
This position will entail significant detailed analyses of videos on 
fish foraging and photographs of coral communities to quantify organism 
(e.g., coral, algae, etc.) identity and abundance, which requires 
specialized knowledge and expertise in fish behavior, the taxonomy of 
fishes, corals, and algae, and specific computer programs for video and 
photo analyses. The Junior Specialist will also be responsible for 
physical oceanography data collection using a variety of instruments. 
The Junior Specialist will be expected to participate in field 
expeditions without the Principal Investigator, which will entail them 
using their intellectual creativity to set up their own experiments to 
expand our ongoing work in Moorea.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, 
ecology, or equivalent experience. SCUBA and AAUS certification with 
100’ depth certification. Experience handling small vessels in 
near-shore systems. Experience with physical oceanography 
instrumentation. Familiarity with basic data management and analyses 
including the use of computer software packages such as PGAdmin, Excel 
and SeaTerm.

Desirable qualifications include: French language skills, experience in 
field marine ecology, Indo-Pacific coral reef biology and taxonomy, and 
oceanographic processes. The ideal candidate will present the 
intellectual ability and interest to design and conduct their own 
experiments in coral reef ecology.

Additional requirements: Qualified applicants must possess or be able to 
obtain a California driver’s license. Qualified applicants must possess 
or be able to obtain the necessary documentation, e.g., US Passport, 
required to allow travel to French Polynesia and be able to travel and 
reside outside of the United States for extended periods of time.

Salary will depend on academic background and experience. 100% time 
appointment for one year from start date with possibility of annual renewal.

To apply, visit, and follow 
instructions. A cover letter, current CV and contact information for 3 
references will be required.

For full consideration, please apply by August 08, 2016. We are seeking 
an applicant that can begin the position in fall 2016.

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

Andrew J

*Andrew J. Brooks, PhD*

*(805) 893-7670**


MarineScience Institute

Building 520
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-6150

CSMR Web Site:

CSMR Online Application:
Moorea Coral Reef LTER Web Site: 

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