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Institute of Marine Sciences: Fisheries Project Scientist Pool (Ongoing)

Recruitment Period

Open January 17th, 2019 through Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by November 1st, 2020, you will have until November 30th, 2020 to complete your application.


The Institute of Marine Sciences [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of Fisheries Project Scientists who may be appointed to support research projects conducted in the UCSC-NOAA Fisheries Collaborative Program at the Institute of Marine Sciences. The program conducts research for the conservation and management of California’s living marine resources, which encompasses areas of research such as, but not limited to, the following: fisheries biology and management, population biology, physical and/or biological oceanography, climate variability analysis, coastal and riverine ecology, hydrodynamic modeling, molecular ecology/genetic analysis, and economic analysis of the sustainability of natural resources.

Under the direction of the program’s Deputy Director and a designated NOAA Science Advisor, the Fisheries Project Scientists will contribute high-level skills to make significant and creative contributions to various research projects by designing and implementing field or laboratory based studies; managing and analyzing large and complex datasets, and contributing to presentations, agency reports, and peer-reviewed publications (as a co-author or in some cases lead author).

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for the position: population modeling, analysis of animal movement, tagging/tracking of aquatic species, species interactions, habitat analysis, predator-prey relationships, impacts of climate on marine organisms, computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, R, etc.), database management, and/or statistical analysis.

Assistant Project Scientist- Project Scientist, determined by qualifications and experience (see rank qualifications at

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Fisheries, Ocean Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Studies, Biology, Marine Sciences, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Hydrology, or a related field at the time of application

  • Experience contributing to field or laboratory studies in the areas of fisheries biology, marine science, oceanography, climate variability, natural resources management, or related field (experience can be obtained while completing doctoral degree).

Initial appointments are typically full-time for a minimum period of one-year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s need and the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00682-19P in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications for the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information for three references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references or dossier service will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (e.g., dossier service, career center, etc.), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted through November 1, 2020.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications for the position

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)