Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

NCEAS Postdoctoral Researcher: Belmont Forum Project

Job #JPF01792
  • Office of Research - National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 27th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Jun 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 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.


As part of a recently funded Belmont Forum project focused on better understanding marine biodiversity’s contribution to nature and people, the Halpern research group is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to help support and lead quantitative spatial modeling of future human impacts on global marine biodiversity. The project is a partnership between Helmut Hillebrand’s group at HIFMB in Germany, Mandy Lombard’s group at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, and Ben Halpern’s group at UCSB.

The ideal candidate will have excellent quantitative and modeling skills, an interest and track record in publishing in top science journals, demonstrated commitment to open science principles and practice, interest in engaging with the diverse community at NCEAS, and experience communicating science in policy, public and media outlets. The position will be based at NCEAS and strongly connected to the larger Belmont Forum project team as well as the communities in Ben Halpern’s research group and at NCEAS.

NCEAS works to accelerate scientific discoveries that will enhance our understanding of the world and benefit people and nature, as well as to transform the scientific culture to be more open, efficient, and collaborative. NCEAS is part of UCSB but housed in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. NCEAS facilitates synthesis research and collaboration in environmental science, ecology, and environmental data science, conducted as part of research initiatives led by NCEAS and Center Fellows. Each year NCEAS hosts more than 700 visiting scientists and practitioners and over 30 resident scientists, including a growing community of post-doctoral associates, Center Fellows, and Researchers, and has a staff of approximately 25 administrative, scientific computing and informatics staff. The resident scientist community is expected to grow over the coming years.

Minimum Qualifications:
• At the time of application, applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD except the dissertation in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography or related field.

Additional Qualifications:
• PhD in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography or related field at the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications:
• Track record publishing in top academic journals;
• Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills;
• Experience managing, processing and analyzing large datasets;
• Proficiency using Git, R and/or Python
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Outstanding organizational skills;
• Demonstrated success managing several projects/tasks at the same time;
• Able to work well with a wide range of people across disciplines and backgrounds;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.

Salary and Benefits:
This is a 100% time appointment, with salary step commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications. Postdoctoral benefits are included (

Required Documents to Apply:
Applicants must submit (1) a current Curriculum Vitae, (2) cover letter describing your research background and qualifications for the position, (3) names and contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin June 2, 2020. Apply on or before June 1, 2020 for primary consideration. Please apply through UC Recruit:

Anticipated Start Date: Position ideally would start as soon as possible, but no later than Jan. 1, 2021. Position is for 2 years, with the potential for a third year, renewable annually based on performance.

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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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.


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

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter describing your research background and qualifications for the position

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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