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Assistant Project Scientist

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is is $71,500 -$91,000

Application Window

Open date: August 21, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Aug 19, 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

This position is 100% (full-time) and is located at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, CA (with flexible work schedule possible). Under the supervision of the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program Director, the Assistant Project Scientist will lead the scientific research for the White Abalone Culture Lab with the goal of improving captive production of white abalone, create protocols for cryopreserving white abalone sperm, and lead the creation of a relational database and associated data visualization tools for the program. The white abalone is an ESA-listed endangered species which was overfished in the 20th century and is now on the brink of extinction. Outplanting of captively bred animals is the essential method of saving the species. The goal of this position is to develop creative lines of scientific inquiry to improve the spawning and rearing of endangered white abalone as part of recovery efforts for the species, and to perform that research while mentoring junior staff in the program.
Research Activity (65%)
• Designs and develops research projects in topics including, but not limited to improving abalone production, enhancing white abalone gametogenesis, abalone reproductive conditioning, abalone physiology, improving juvenile and larval survival, improving juvenile growth, and sperm cryopreservation.
• Develop protocols for the WACBP to implement lessons learned in proving production or sperm cryopreservation based on research findings
• Provide intellectual guidance and input, in consultation with the WACBP Director and other collaborators at BML, for directing the future course of white abalone research in order to meet goals outlined in the Section 6 grant proposal.
• Works closely with the WAC Lab Laboratory Assistant to develop Qa/Qc protocols for data management and provides mentorship on data management to all junior staff.
• Design projects, develop protocols, determine methods, perform experiments with junior staff, trouble-shoot problems, and interpret results and plan follow-up experiments.
• Mentor junior staff, volunteers, and students, and postdocs (as applicable) in scientific method and specific research projects
• Assists in white abalone assessments, spawning attempts, and visits with white abalone partner facilities.
Publication (10%)
• Publish research results with collaborators in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets, such as sharing protocols on our lab website.
Grant Acquisition and Reporting (10%)
• Assist in acquiring funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations.
• Assist in preparation of funding and permit reports as required by granting and permitting agencies.
• Candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
• Candidate is eligible to be lead PI on grants.
• Engage with the academic community at Bodega Marine Laboratory through participation in lab-wide meetings and research seminars. Participate in appropriate professional societies, including presentations at professional meetings and workshops.
• Participate in mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, interns, junior research staff, and volunteers in the program and lab.
• Serve on local departmental or institute committees based upon candidate’s areas of interest.
• Participate in and contribute to the development of an inclusive and accessible working environment for our research program and lab.
• Participate in educational activities oriented to the public at BML and on campus, as well as presentation to regulatory agency staff as requested.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-- PhD in marine science, biology, or related field

  • At least 6 months of postdoctoral experience Experience researching impacts of environmental conditions on marine invertebrates
  • Experience in abalone (or other marine invertebrates) spawning, larval culture, and reproductive conditioning
  • Experience in sperm cryopreservation research
  • Experience in data collection and management for research projects
  • Experience supervising/mentoring students and/or staff in a research environment
  • Expertise in marine invertebrate physiology and reproduction
  • Knowledge of seawater plumbing and life support systems
  • Experience conducting scientific research and publishing scientific literature
  • Experience writing extramural grants and budgeting for research awards
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Experience conducting restoration aquaculture for endangered species
  • Experience with report writing for funding and/or permitting agencies
  • Experience with training others on spawning protocols
  • Experience working with endangered species, preferably in a multi-institutional program
  • Experience building collaborative teams to solve complex research problems

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
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Job location

Bodega Bay, California