Assistant Professional Researcher in Desert Conservation Biology
University of California, Riverside
Location: Palm Desert, California
Internal Number: JPF01482
The Center for Conservation Biology at the University of California Riverside's Palm Desert Center invites applicants for a full-time Professional Research position at the Assistant level in Desert Conservation Biology with an emphasis on Plant Ecology. The successful candidate will continue to develop and implement a wide variety of conservation biology programs and collaborative research for protected/rare organisms and habitats throughout the Colorado and Mojave Deserts of California. A valid Driver License is required. Candidates will also supervise several Specialists, staff serving based on the grant funds raised by the candidate. There is no teaching responsibility.
Required qualifications at the time of application for this position include experience leading research including science-based monitoring for a Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan in coordination with local-regional stakeholders in the deserts of southern California. The candidate should possess a strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of plant ecology, biogeography, conservation biology or similar fields. Experience writing grants and acquiring other funding to support a research group on extramural funds is essential to the position. Experience in natural history interpretation for community programs and partners will also be key to success. The candidate should have experience and vision for developing conservation-focused programs and collaborations with other scientific researchers at other institutions; federal agencies including the National Park Service, the Department of the Navy, Bureau of Land Management; botanic gardens and conservation non-profit groups. Knowledge and expertise will also be required in the ecology of the southwestern U.S. desert, and extensive experience installing field studies of annual and perennial plants as well as micrometeorological equipment and a strong background in invasive weed ecology, impacts, and control approaches. The position requires proficiency with Geographic Information Systems, R, MAXENT, and other ecological modeling software. The position requires experience maintaining large ecological datasets and training in open science concepts as well as privacy issues for threatened and endangered species. The candidate should have experience working with and developing monitoring protocols for insects, plants, vertebrates, and birds, including protected/rare species, as well as familiarity with operating required equipment/instruments with knowledge of USFWS permitting for sampling of threatened and endangered species. Experience creating vegetation maps, designing and implementing field surveys to support map development using standardized Rapid Assessment Protocols is necessary. The candidate will need experience supervising junior staff in field campaigns, knowledge of field safety and risk management, especially for fieldwork with historically underserved communities within the Coachella Valley. Experience engaging local community science volunteers and interns as well as interpreting ecological issues and topics for diverse groups of volunteers and able to spend hours/days in harsh desert conditions (high temperature, cold, aridity, sun exposure, high wind, stinging plants and animals) performing strenuous physical tasks such as off-trail hiking and carrying heavy packs and equipment. In particular, experience performing field work on military installations, including radio communication, navigation, range safety, and UXO safety together with the ability to pass a background check as a requirement for becoming a certified government contractor.
A PhD degree in the life sciences or a related field is required at the time of application.
Preferred qualifications for this position include: the ability to use computer programs such as ArcMaps, Survey123, Avenza, Microsoft Office products. Experience with safe operation of 4x4 vehicles in remote areas; experience leading a research team outside a laboratory setting with minimal program support--including creative problem-solving, team building, coordination and multi-tasking.
Advancement through the Professional Research ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
To apply: submit your Curriculum Vitae, a research statement describing vision for the position, and a Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01482 . Review of applications will commence on October 29, 2021, and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Darrel Jenerette, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, at firstname.lastname@example.org . For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Ms. Mary Stuart, Academic Personnel, at email@example.com .
A University of Distinction and Diversity widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, the University of California, Riverside current enrollment is more than 20,000 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.UCR is located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations. UCR is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.