Open March 20th, 2018 through April 6th, 2018
Openings are anticipated throughout the year in the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis for non-tenured, academic term appointments as Junior Specialists. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies each year, depending on the needs of the Center.
This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of the interactions of hydrology and ecology in montane stream systems. Specifically, the position will assist in the compilation and assessment of large geospatial datasets incorporating hydrologic data, biologic data and landscape attributes. Data management and geospatial modeling using GIS and Program R software are key responsibilities of this position. Successful candidates will also participate in field studies to collect geospatial data using surveying and GPS equipment, aquatic habitat data, biologic data, and water quality attributes. Duties include management of large databases and datasets; analysis and modeling of geospatial data; assist with field data collection (seasonally); participate in data entry, post-processing, data synthesis and statistical analysis. Conduct literature searches and help write annual reports to funders. Actively and significantly involved in creative activities of publishing research and designing future research including reviewing journal articles; engaging in discussions of research to assist in interpreting results; assisting more senior researchers in preparing manuscripts for peer-review journals by writing methods sections and commenting on draft manuscripts; and participating in design of studies as part of writing research proposals by applying experience to revise study designs. Present research results at local and regional meetings including the Society for Freshwater Science, Salmonid Restoration Federation, American Fisheries Society, Bay-Delta Science Conference, among others. Participate in department and campus committees as allowed by funding source.
• Bachelor degree in Hydrology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field, with a minimum of one year’s experience in geospatial analysis and field research.
• Current California Driver’s License
• Experience using MS Excel and Word; ArcGIS and Program R software.
• Knowledge of conducting geospatial analysis and modeling in ArcGIS and associated statistical analysis in ArcGIS and Program R.
• Knowledge of experimental design, statistical analysis and technical writing.
• Knowledge of developing interactive web maps and use of underlying database processes.
• Experience in team-based work that requires communication, decision-making skills, cooperation and leadership.
• Knowledge of applied research in support of policy decisions.
• Ability to work independently and remain focused for long periods of time while conducting geospatial analyses and database management.
• Ability to walk several miles to research sites for purposes of data collection, work in adverse weather conditions, bend, squat, crouch and pull and lift up to 50 pounds of survey equipment during field sampling days of 8-10 hours duration.
• Experience in developing interactive web maps/sites and supporting developed sites.
• Experience in technical writing of academic research publications.
• Experience in applied research in support of policy decisions.
• Ability to mentor and lead undergraduate and similar field assistants