Job Details

University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 3221704
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

NCEAS Data Fellow for California Deserts


Position title: NCEAS Data Fellow for California Deserts

Salary range:

Percent time: 100% FTE

Anticipated start: Summer/Fall 2022

Position duration: 8-9 months


Open date: July 6th, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 11, 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.


The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) invites applications for a qualified temporary Data Fellow to engage in data science projects relating to environmental science in the deserts of California. These projects will include assisting in the organization and analysis of data sets, developing R Shiny Apps, and synthesis in support of ecological synthesis and data science projects, and/or creating data products for local stakeholders including The Bureau of Land Management. The Fellow will work closely with NCEAS Senior Research Fellows, graduate researchers within the region, and project scientists. The Fellow will gather and analyze data and document processes and results from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, data repositories, and Modis satellite data. Research activities may include web scraping, collaboration with external scientists, and investigation and synthesis of environmental data. Fellows will assist in developing tools and resources that utilize these data, including data visualizations, data quality analysis, automated metadata creation, data semantics or data training. For a list of example activities demonstrating the breadth and scope of work undertaken by Data Fellows please visit: Development of tools and resources involves working in concert with data and computer scientists to devise and test user interfaces for the environmental science community. These tools and resources facilitate the processes surrounding documentation, analysis, and interpretation of environmental data.

Established in 1995 and located in downtown Santa Barbara, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. For over 25 years, NCEAS has been developing data science tools, supporting environmental research and training environmental scientists. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed.

We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science. We at NCEAS value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, parental status, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship status, and nationality. To see the steps we are taking to advance diversity and inclusion please see our full statement here:

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • An MSc degree (or equivalent degree) in ecology, environmental science, computer science, or a related field at the time of application

    Preferred qualifications

  • PhD degree in ecology, environmental science, computer science, or a related field at the time of application
  • Familiarity with ecological or environmental research
  • Experience in data management and/or analysis
  • Proficiency in a scientific computing language (R, MATLAB, Python)


    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Your Cover Letter, including a description of your experience in data management and analysis, and a statement indicating which example research activity aligns most closely with your interests and expertise.

    Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)
    Name and contact information for three references.
    The top candidate's references will be contacted before the final job offer.

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    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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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