The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (www.sccwrp.org), a government research institute that specializes in applied environmental research and transitioning research to management, is seeking an early-career scientist to help us upgrade environmental management utilizing bioassessment and aquatic ecological principles. This research actively utilizes biomonitoring in streams, estuaries, and coastal ecosystems, and covers a wide range of organisms, including algae, invertebrates and vertebrates. Assessment techniques include individual organism health, key taxa, community assemblages, and ecosystem function.

The candidate will be part of a broadly disciplined team of ecologists and physical scientists who work collaboratively to understand the natural cycles and variability of diverse sub-temperate ecosystems, the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on biological communities in these ecosystems, and the effectiveness of management responses to remediate and restore these ecosystems.

To accomplish these impactful goals, the ideal candidate must have strong quantitative skills in freshwater ecology, including univariate and multi-variate statistical analysis, proficiency in R programming or comparable software, and a strong desire to collaborate on development of innovative analytical approaches to investigate biological community composition and stress. Condition assessment plays a large role in applied biomonitoring, so familiarity with biological index development and survey design are essential experiences to highlight. Familiarity with molecular-based biomonitoring, including bioinformatics, will be a consideration for preferred candidates. The position requires working with a diverse team of scientists and translating your science to managers, so strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical.

The candidate should possess a Ph.D. in biological, environmental or related science, up to 2 years’ experience, and a proven ability to publish. Master’s candidates with at least 5 years of direct experience and documented ability to conduct independent research will also be considered.

Salary range is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a rich benefits package. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and professional references to ecology@sccwrp.org. Application via third-party job sites or recruiting services is discouraged. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. SCCWRP is an equal-opportunity employer.

Posting date: 5/18/20