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Long-Lived Vertebrate Demography Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, Santa Cruz

Job Description

Position overview
Position title: Long-Lived Vertebrate Demography Postdoctoral Researcher
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC salary scales set the minimum pay based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See the salary scale titled, Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee /Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow / Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct -Fiscal Year. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 - $71,952.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
Position duration: Maximum Duration of Service in a Postdoctoral Title: Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time and the initial appointment is for a minimum of two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution.

Application Window

Open date: August 2, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Aug 24, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023 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 Beltran Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Demography of Long-Lived Vertebrates. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Roxanne Beltran, the postdoctoral researcher will collaboratively analyze elephant seal mark-recapture data to complement ongoing Beltran Lab research on ecology, physiology, and behavior. Research questions, developed in partnership with Dr. Beltran and the lab group, may include life history tradeoffs such as current/future reproduction and survival, or fitness consequences of environmental variation. The position is flexible around the unique needs and skills of the successful candidate. In collaboration with Dan Costa, available data include >320,000 sightings of 51,000 unique, known-age animals across six decades, along with offspring size data for thousands of pups born to known-moms.

We seek a candidate with extensive mark-recapture modeling experience and advanced coding skills in R. An established track record of publications in vertebrate demography is desired. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, demonstrates creativity, is compassionate and patient with others, communicates clearly, and can take constructive criticism well. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing marginalized groups in higher education, especially candidates who have experience in building equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and other professional activities. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation students. In addition to leading this project, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with a variety of lab members (e.g., graduate students, technicians, and undergraduate student field assistants) to learn the wildlife system, develop mentoring relationships, and benefit from engagement in relevant manuscripts. Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to engage in professional development with our vibrant research community and teaching center on campus. Opportunities for participation in field data collection are available.

Applicants with a track record of mark-recapture research publications are strongly encouraged to apply.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be uploaded to this Google Form [https://forms.gle/KnZuYrxAHH7ofyhh9 ].

Questions about the position can be sent to Assistant Professor Roxanne Beltran (roxanne@ucsc.edu ).

Please refer to Position JPF01585 in all correspondence.

REQUIRED Documents/Materials

  • Cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications, interest in the position, and career goals (required).
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications and three professional references along with their contact information. Dr. Beltran will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration (required).

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by the initial review date of August 24, 2023. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

Beltran Lab: https://beltranlab.ucsc.edu/

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: https://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in ecology, evolution, physiology, animal behavior or related field. Degree must be in hand at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with design and analysis of mark-recapture research.

Help contact: roxanne@ucsc.edu

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.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify ). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html ).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

VISIT UC Santa Cruz: https://www.ucsc.edu

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