Assistant Specialist I - Fish Diet and Growth Specialist
NATURE AND PURPOSE The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to participate in the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion on the basis of three basic criteria outlined below.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
I. Research in specialized areas (85% effort) The research objective of this position is to examine fish diet and growth in natural, restored and managed floodplains in the Central Valley. Specialized field, laboratory and data analysis techniques will be utilized to ensure that data is properly collected and analyzed. The researcher will be expected to work independently with limited supervision and to make substantial contributions toward publishable research.
A. Provide specialized expertise at the Center for Watershed Sciences in field data collection, laboratory and data analysis to understand diet/growth of fishes.
Collect fish, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, and water quality both in calm and swift-water conditions both wading and from boats. Incumbent will require certifications including UC Davis Boat Operator, jet boat adverse field condition training, wading and cold-water swift-water training and wilderness first aid. Deploy fykes and similar nets for fish sampling, zooplankton nets, kick nets and similar for macroinvertebrate sampling, and water quality instrumentation and collect samples for water quality laboratory analysis.
This position will contribute specialized laboratory and data analysis. Laboratory analysis of fish gut contents (identification to lowest taxonomic level for both zooplankton and macroinvertebrates), sample preparation for isotopic analysis and removal of fish otoliths for fish growth analysis. QC data and enter into project databases. Analyze laboratory and field data using the R statistical programming language.
Serve as a research coordinator for fish diet and growth projects conducted by PIs in the Center for Watershed Sciences. By using specialized expertise on fish diet and growth, responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between laboratory, and data management. Project functions and project output functions including preparation of reports, posters, and participation in manuscript writing. Responsible for writing grant reports for agencies on projects within the area of expertise as requested by PIs and for writing research methods sections of papers in areas of expertise and reviews/comments on manuscripts. As a research coordinator will contribute to writing of grant proposals and review proposals for Center colleagues.
II. Professional competence and activity (10% effort)
A. The Specialist will present at and contribute to presentations of others for at least one professional meeting or workshop per year. Expected events for participation include at the American Fisheries Society regional CALNEVA annual meeting, the biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento and the Interagency Ecology Program Annual Workshop.
B. Where opportunities allow, the researcher will review proposals or publications related to their areas of scientific expertise and practical experience.
III. University and public service (5% effort) A. Act as technical liaison on issues of fish diet and growth and respond to the needs of State agencies (DWR, SWRCB, CDFW) and federal agencies (NOAA, NMFS, USFWS, USEPA), NGOs (CalTrout, TNC, and similar) and other external groups.
B. Serve on committees of department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Master's degree in ecology, fisheries, hydrology, biology or related fields or technical expertise equivalent to a Master's degree in the area of specialization or five years of training in the area of specialization. 2.Experience working in a laboratory and/or field setting. 3.Field experience deploying fykes or similar nets to sample fish and in collecting zooplankton, macroninvertebrates and water quality samples. 4.Experience in laboratory analysis of fish gut contents. 5.Knowledge of zooplankton and macroinvertebrate identification. 6.Experience in removal of otoliths from fish for growth analysis. 7.Experience using Office Software suit or comparable computer software. 8.Knowledge of statistical analysis using R statistical programming language. 9.Organizational and time management skills for serving as research coordinator. 10.Writing skills to contribute method sections to peer reviewed publications and to review publications and proposals within area of specialized expertise. 11.Knowledge to contribute to creative activities including project design, grant writing, proposal review and data analysis in the areas of fish diets and growth.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Experience in using water quality instrumentation to collect field data. 2.Experience in preparation of samples for isotopic analysis. 3.Knowledge of data entry techniques and quality control during and after entry of data into databases. 4.Experience of statistical analysis using R statistical programming language.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Appointment Date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available to start employment by January 1, 2020.
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JOB LOCATION: Davis, CA
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Curriculum Vitae Cover Letter Statement of Research
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