Global Change Project Scientist

University of California, Santa Cruz
July 05, 2024
Offerd Salary:$71,500 - $75,300
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Working Time:Full time
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Position overview

Position title: Global Change Project Scientist (Assistant Rank- Project Series)

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Project(E.g., Scientist) Series Fiscal Year. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $71,500 - $75,300

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: September 1, 2023

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: July 7, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Aug 7, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jul 5, 2024 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 Global Change Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the Global Change Project Scientist.

Under the supervision of Associate Professor Malin Pinsky, the scientist will assist with the development of population and historical genomics research that advances the field; dissemination of the research through published papers and scientific talks; and successful collaboration within the research group that advances open science, inclusivity, collaboration, and student training.

In the Global Change Lab, we use population genomics and data science to study biodiversity change from genes to communities, locally and around the world. Much of our research is focused on climate change and conservation in coastal marine environments. We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment, involvement in a wide range of research projects, extensive learning and professional development, and many opportunities for co-authorship on scientific manuscripts. We value a healthy work-life balance and pursue actively inclusive and anti-racist practices.

The position will be based at Rutgers University in Brunswick, New Jersey, but travel to the UCSC Coastal Science Campus will be required in order to facilitate collaboration. The incumbent will spend approximately 80% of their time at Rutgers and 20% of their time at UCSC.

Fieldwork will be infrequent but will be diverse, remote, physically challenging, and/or involve international travel. The position will require lifting 30 pounds with or without accommodation.

The selected candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills; intellectual independence and critical thinking skills; the ability to successfully contribute to the preparation of publications; community-building skills and the ability to foster inclusion; and a commitment to open science practices.

Population and historical genomics research (80%)

  • Lead and design the execution of bioinformatic analysis of genomic data prepared by Global Change laboratory members.
  • Initiate research projects in the general focus areas of the laboratory.
  • Contribute to the writing of grants and scientific publications related to their projects.
  • Assist students and other researchers with their acquisition of field and laboratory skills.
  • Open science and community building (20%)

  • Lead training within the group to improve data science and open science practices.
  • Assist with building a collaborative and supportive research environment for all members and guests of the research group.
  • The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

    The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology : https: // www.

    Global Change Lab : https: //


    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in wildlife ecology or a related field.
  • Post-Ph.D. experience in wildlife population genetics, including marine fish of the Philippines and museum DNA bioinformatics.
  • Application Requirements

    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications (include DOI links or url of PDFs) and three professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

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

  • Apply link: https: //

    Help contact: [email protected]

    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, 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 https: // www. The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https: //

    UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

    If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at [email protected] (831) 459-4602.

    UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https: // www. to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

    The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https: //

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC- recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus Health Center site

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    Job location

    Brunswick, New Jersey (80% time) and Santa Cruz, California (20% time )

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