Open date: November 30th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Dec 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Feb 12, 2021 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 Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART), based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UCSB, in partnership with California Sea Grant and with support from the Ocean Protection Council, is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position as part of its effort to develop a strategic action plan for aquaculture in the State of California. The position will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California.

The State of California, through the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), has initiated a process to develop and eventually implement a strategic action plan for expanding aquaculture. The Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART) based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) will be working in close coordination with California Sea Grant to engage stakeholders, synthesize the state of knowledge around aquaculture planning, and develop a user-informed draft action plan. This draft plan will then be used to inform a second, extensive round of stakeholder engagement to refine and finalize the plan. The final action plan will be presented in 2023.
This postdoctoral researcher will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California and will support and lead components of the work plan to develop the user-informed strategic action plan. The position will be embedded within CART and the broader NCEAS community, as well as the Halpern and Froehlich research labs.

This postdoctoral researcher will lead synthesis and analysis of scenarios for aquaculture growth in California, and vulnerability of aquaculture to climate change.
Support review of literature and writing of components for the action plan.
Engage with stakeholder and scientific advisory committees.

NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, a characteristic that leads to the success of its visiting scientists. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and a frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects across a diverse range of initiatives. We expect that postdocs will contribute their knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm to the intellectual atmosphere. NCEAS strives to create an adaptive, supportive environment, especially during circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, this postdoctoral researcher may be remote for the beginning of this appointment but would be expected to be in residence as soon as allowable.

At the time of application, applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD except the dissertation in aquaculture, environmental policy, environmental science, ecology, fisheries, or a relevant discipline.
● Ph.D. in aquaculture, environmental policy, environmental science, ecology, fisheries, or a relevant discipline at time of hire.
● Strong analytical skills, database management and data visualization
● Strong publication record
● Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of literature and complex information
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills
● Strong organizational skills
● Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team
● Experience working with groups outside of academia (industry, NGOs, etc.)

Expected appointment begin date: February 28th, 2021
The initial appointment is for one year with the potential for renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Please apply through UC Recruit:

Please submit the following required documents via UC Recruit:
● CV
● Cover Letter
● Contact information for three references
● A peer-reviewed publication

Optional documents
●Diversity Statement: We encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity, sharing your experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

12/18/2020 (for primary consideration)
Positions will remain open until filled.

Santa Barbara, CA

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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Peer Reviewed Publication

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)


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