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Deep/Cold Water Corals Technician

Position overview

Position title: Deep/Cold Water Corals Technician (Junior Specialist)
Salary range: $46,800 to $49,800 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Percent time: Part-time (80%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be six to nine months in duration. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 12th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Dec 13, 2021 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: 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 Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Deep/Cold Water Corals Technician. Under the direction of Adina Paytan, the technician will successfully work independently and collaborate regularly with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds; which will require that the technician consistently demonstrate strong communication skills.

The technician will participate in assessment of corals’ growth rate and calcification (using computational, field, and lab methods) and prepare coral and water samples for major and trace element analyses (column chemistry, dilution, preparing standards, and micro-drilling). They will also conduct laboratory analyses using ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IRMS, CT scanner, manage data files including Qa/QC, and prepare and update standard operating procedures for field and lab work. The technician will install and maintain computer software, maintain databases, and prepare and print presentation materials, organize supplies and equipment, operate power tools, and train others in these tasks. The position’s fieldwork includes collecting field samples and data and monitoring the samples as they get analyzed. The nature of the position will require the technician to work occasionally in the early morning hours and/or in adverse weather conditions; hike in difficult terrain; and carry heavy field equipment (approximately 50 pounds) to and from field vehicles (with or without accommodation).

Applicants with experience with corals/soil/fluid sampling, processing, and analyzing; programming and downloading data from sensors; geographic information systems; hydrological modeling; and/or familiarity with the Elkhorn Slough estuary, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

B.S. (or equivalent foreign degree) in geology, earth science, geochemistry, minerology, or a closely related field as well as one year of post-degree, professional research experience in hydrogeology, oceanography, or geochemistry.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include three professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

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Campus Information

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California