Ocean Health Index project, UC Santa Barbara
The Ocean Health Index is an ongoing project to develop, refine and
communicate a new tool and approach to assessing overall ocean health. The
first global assessment was recently launched in August 2012, with efforts
now focused on regional applications, updating the global scores for 2013,
and active national and international outreach to inform and support efforts
interested in using the Index. We are seeking a motivated, charismatic,
detail-oriented person to help support these efforts. The research team
based at UCSB includes two analysts, a post-doc, and a lead scientist;
additional project members are based at other institutions around the country.
The position will be based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis
and Synthesis (NCEAS) and is affiliated with the Center for Marine
Assessment and Planning (CMAP)
Specific responsibilities: The Outreach Specialist/Research Analyst will be
expected to support efforts to update the global assessment for 2013 and
2014. This task involves finding and processing new global data layers and
providing general support to the research team. S/he will also serve a new
role for the project, providing a link between emerging regional
applications from around the world (that are not directly supported by our
project). This liaison role will involve engaging regularly with key people
from these emerging applications, communicating their needs to the Index
science team, and then providing advice and support back to the regional
applications. S/he will help prepare reports and communications (memos,
presentations), under direct supervision, for presentation to the regional
applications and to larger, multi-institution OHI collaboration. S/he will
help occasionally with logistics and planning project meetings.
Minimum requirements: Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Ecology,
Environmental Studies, Statistics, or related fields. Must work well in a
collaborative research environment. A Ph.D. in one of the above fields is
Salary range: $45,000 to $53,000 per year
Job duration: 1.5 years; additional years dependent on funding.
For more information on the Ocean Health Index project, please visit
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Ben Halpern
(Halpern@nceas.ucsb.edu) no later than February 18, 2013.
The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research,
teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity
Affirmative Action employer.