Job Details

University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 5406473
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Staff Research Associate 1

University of California Santa Barbara

Job Posting Details

Payroll Title: SRA 1

Job Code: 009613

Job Open Date: 06/12/2024

Application Review Begins: 06/28/2024


Percentage of Time: 100

Union Code (Name): RX

Employee Class (Appointment Type): Staff: Career

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Classified Indicator Description (Personnel Program): PSS

Salary Grade: STEPS

Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range: The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $26.52 - $27.14/hr.

Full Salary Range: The full salary range for this position is $26.52 - $31.64/hr. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and the application of fair, equitable, and consistent pay practices at the University.

Work Location: MSRB 1004

Working Days and Hours: M-F 9-5, variable hours and weekend hours required for field research

Benefits Eligibility: Full Benefits

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.

Department Marketing Statement:

The Marine Science Institute ranks internationally as a leader in marine and environmental research. Its researchers stand at the forefront of their fields, regularly redefining our current knowledge of marine science and policy. Over 300 research projects funded by more than 80 awarding agencies with a value over $100 million in extramural and intramural funding are administered by MSI each year. Research at MSI spans 14 disciplines supporting research projects involving faculty, professional researchers, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students. MSI provides educational outreach activities through the REEF (Research Experience and Education Facility) with 20,000 visitors annually.

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Working at UC means being part of this vibrant institution that shines a light on what is possible. People make UC great, and UC recognizes your contributions by making this a great place to work. Excellent retirement and health are just one of the rewards. Learn more about the benefits of working at UC and why You Belong at UC.

Brief Summary of Job Duties

Under general supervision provide laboratory and field support for research studies on invertebrate and surf zone fish communities of sandy beach ecosystems.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Marine Ecology or related field.
  • 4-6 years Experience in and ability to perform quantitative ecological sampling of marine biota and accurately process biotic samples and videos in the laboratory
  • 1-3 years Experience using statistical programs to generate datasets, produce data summaries and conduct analyses
  • Maintain a valid CA driver's license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull-Notice Program Upon Hire
  • University Research Diver Certified (AAUS) to 60 feet Upon Hire
  • Taxonomic knowledge of local marine flora and fauna and ability to identify fish, invertebrates and marine algae in the field and laboratory
  • Experience processing video and quantitative samples of marine biota in the laboratory.
  • Ability to accurately record and perform QA/QC on data from field observations, video and laboratory samples.
  • Ability to work in challenging weather conditions in exposed locations to perform field research duties
  • Experience in and ability to perform quantitative ecological sampling of marine biota. Experience conducting quantitative field surveys of biota of sandy beaches and surf zones.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to perform basic statistical analyses of community and population data and produce reports
  • Ability to clean and prepare datasets for upload to data archives

Special Conditions of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check

Maintain a valid CA driver's license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employer Pull-Notice Program

UCSB is a Tobacco-Free environment

Job Functions and Percentages of Time:

50% Field research surveys - Under general supervision conduct research field survey activities at the study sites including replicated surveys of surf zone fish and invertebrates on sandy beaches. Uses expertise to accurately identify and quantify fish and invertebrates in field conditions. Organizes field logistics, training in protocols, inventory, setup, packing and takedown of sampling gear Identify and measure biota and record data accurately in field conditions. Clean up, repair, pack and transport sampling gear.

50% Laboratory assignment - Under general supervision 1) conducts preliminary analysis of data from monitoring surveys and provides reports as needed 2) quantifies fish and invertebrates from underwater videos 3) quantifies and sorts invertebrates in samples from field surveys 4) uses experience and expertise to identify fish and invertebrate specimens to the lowest possible taxon and uses own judgement if needed, 5) oversees initial processing of samples from field surveys by student volunteers 6) compiles and coordinates field data entry, 7) conducts preliminary data analysis, 9) manages project data and performs quality assurance and quality control of data, 10) orders and purchases supplies, and 11) performs assorted tasks as needed

UC Vaccination Programs Policy - With Interim Revisions

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Interim Revisions.

As a condition of Physical Presence at a Location or in a University Program, all Covered Individuals* must participate in any applicable Vaccination Program by providing proof that they are Up-to-Date with any required Vaccines or submitting a request for Exception in a Mandate Program or properly declining vaccination in an Opt-Out Program no later than the Compliance Date (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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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement
UC Santa Barbara 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.

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