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Invertebrate Fish Pool - Junior Specialist

Application Window

Open date: August 9th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a non-tenured, academic term appointments as a Junior Specialist.
This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of abiotic and biotic conditions that affect the ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in estuaries.

Research (90%)
Duties include participating in field studies to collect aquatic organisms and measure water quality, laboratory studies of water quality and invertebrate community composition, and food web isotopic analyses; participate in data entry, post-processing, data synthesis and statistical analysis. Conduct literature searches and help write annual reports to funding agency. 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.

Professional Competence & Activity (5%)
Present research results at local and regional meetings such as Bay-Delta Science Conference, Interagency Ecology Program Annual Workshop and American Fisheries Society CALNEVA chapter meetings.

University and Public Service (5%)
As part of academic training, will mentor undergraduates and similar assistants in field and laboratory methods and data collection and will service as member of one or more Center for Watershed Sciences ad hoc committees (eg, field equipment sharing/maintenance, field safety planning, laboratory shared space coordination), and college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

One year full-time at 100%, Junior Specialist, Step I, annual salary $ 46,800.00

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employee and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.

Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014.

A Junior Specialist appointee should have a baccalaureate or similar degree in a discipline relevant or related to the research conducted in the unit hiring the appointee, or if lacking a relevant baccalaureate degree should have experience with the appropriate specialized research methods. In general, it is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Master’s or doctoral degree in the relevant discipline or a baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of experience with the specialized methods as a Junior Specialist.

How to Apply:
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Provide required information and upload documents
If any, provide required reference information

• Curriculum Vitae - Current/updated C.v.
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Research (Optional)
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor degree in ecology, biology, environmental studies, with a minimum of one year’s experience in laboratory and/or field research.
• Current Driver’s License.
• Experience with aquatic sampling methods for invertebrates, fish, and water quality.
• Experience in team-based work that requires communication, decision-making skills, cooperation and leadership.
• Knowledge of basic microscopy techniques.
• Knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis.
• Knowledge of taxonomic keys.
• Knowledge of basic ecology.
• Ability to work independently and remain focused for long periods of time while conducting procedures in laboratory at the bench or microscope.
• Ability to pass UCD boat safety training course at Bodega Marine Lab and to plan, lead, and pilot boat-based field projects.
• Ability to bend, squat, crouching and to pull and lift up to 50 pounds of survey nets and similar field equipment repetitively during field sampling days of 8-10 hours duration in weather conditions spanning from cold winter rains to very hot summer days.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience identifying California freshwater/estuarine fishes in the field and lab and invertebrates such as insect macro invertebrates and zooplankton using microscopy.
• Experience in preparation and microscopic analyses of samples such as fish guts, fish eye lense delimitations and fish otolith growth increments.
• Experience working independently and remain focused for long periods of time while conducting procedures in laboratory at the bench or microscope.
• Experience in small boat safety and handling.
• Experience with data analysis and technical writing.
• Knowledge of MS Excel, Word, and Access; ArcGIS and Program R software.
• Knowledge of statistics.
• Ability to mentor and lead undergraduate and similar field assistants.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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