Institute of Marine Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar University of California, Sta. Cruz, Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Institute of Marine Sciences United States

Institute of Marine Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar (Open until filled, initial application deadline is 10/22/18)


  • Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Institute of Marine Sciences



Open date: September 20th, 2018
Last review date: October 22nd, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

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 [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position under the direction of Assistant Project Scientist Cyril Michel. The Postdoctoral Scholar will investigate predator-prey dynamics in California’s Central Valley watershed, focusing on interactions between ESA-listed salmonids, their predators, and manmade structures. The project will involve field-based experiments to measure the effects of manmade hydrologic features on the predation and survival of salmonids and the impacts of modifying or removing these features. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work as part of a group of researchers that have developed methodologies to investigate predation on juvenile salmon, including Predation Event Recorders, habitat mapping, hydroacoustics, and population modeling. Primary responsibilities include experimental design, assisting in field-based data collection, managing and analyzing large datasets, coordinating research collaborators, and contributing to the dissemination of results through manuscripts, presentations, and agency reports. This five-year project is funded by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and results from this effort will be used in a decision support model to prioritize multi-agency salmon restoration actions in the Central Valley. The position will be based at the National Marine Fisheries Service – Southwest Fisheries Science Center ( in Santa Cruz, where the scholar will work in close collaboration with the lab’s Federal and University staff. Experience working with fisheries hydroacoustics (e.g., DIDSON), image analysis, and biotelemetry are desirable but not required.


Postdoctoral Scholar


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at



  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries or related field
  • A minimum of one-year experience working in riverine, estuarine, or marine ecology research using field-based experiments
  • Experience in computer programming (MATLAB and/or R)


As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.


Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position # JPF00647-19t in all correspondence.



  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Peer-reviewed publications – submitted as separate pdfs (a minimum of one is required and a maximum of three will be accepted)


Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of four will be accepted). 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


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by October 22, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.


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Santa Cruz, CA



Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Peer-reviewed publication (pdf copy)

  • Peer-reviewed publication (pdf copy) (Optional)

  • Peer-reviewed publication (pdf copy) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required



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