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Position title: NCEAS Director's Postdoc
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: No later than April 2023
Position duration: Position is for up to 2 years, renewable annually based on performance


Open date: October 6, 2022
Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023 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.


The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is seeking a top candidate for a Director's Postdoc. The successful candidate will pursue research of her/his own interest in any domain of environmental science using analytical or synthesis approaches as well as be part of a team to envision and advance interdisciplinary environmental science 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 is intended to be highly independent, with the successful candidate pursuing her/his own research agenda under the mentorship of the Director of NCEAS, while also collaborating with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and the Director of NCEAS to advance campus-wide environmental science.

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 Fellow. Each year, NCEAS hosts more than 700 visiting scientist and practitioners of 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.

NCEAS is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science. We value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, parental status, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship status, and nationality. To see the steps we are taking to advance diversity and inclusion please see our full statement here:

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • At the time of application, applicants must have completed all requirements except the dissertation for a PhD in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field.

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;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Cover Letter describing your research background and qualifications for the position, and experience supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Statement of Research - A short (<1 page) description of research interests and potential projects.
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Name and contact information for three references. The top candidate's references will be contacted before the final job offer.

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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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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