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Mission Statement

The mission of the Earth Research Institute (ERI) is to support research and education in the sciences of our solid, fluid, and living Earth.

Our areas of research comprise Natural Hazards, Human Impacts, Earth System Science, and Earth Evolution.

ERI strives to build upon the existing research strengths of our founding units while fostering new interdisiciplinary collaborations examining how Earth processes affect mankind and how mankind perturbs the Earth.

Job Postings

2 Postdoctoral Scholars, Climate and Wildfires & Regional Modeling and Wildfires

2 positions at the Postdoctoral level are available in the Earth Research Institute and Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The successful candidate will participate in the University of California Lab Fees project led by Professor Charles Jones “Mitigating and Managing Extreme Wildfire Risk in California” (http://clivac.eri.ucsb.edu). The projects seek to: 1) Understand the nature of changes in extreme fire-weather behavior in recent years, 2) Determine factors interacting with electric power system infrastructure and wildfire risk in California, 3) Examine reliability of energy supply and wildfire risk, and 4) Study fire-risk associated with vegetation management and electric power grid infrastructure.

Position #1 - The selected candidate will be primarily involved in analyzing simulations from the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project (CMIP6) and multi-year regional model simulations degenerated in this project to identify and understand recent changes in extreme wildfire regimes in California. Experience with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is highly desirable.

Position #2 - The candidate will be primarily involved in performing multi-year simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and uncoupled fire spread models. Experience in wildfire research is highly desirable.

The two positions are full-time research training under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Jones. Both positions are full time and offer competitive salary and benefits. The initial appointment for each position is one year and continuation for another two years will be based on performance and availability of funding. The ideal starting date for the position is March 1, 2020.

Basic qualifications: Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, or a closely related field, by March 1, 2020.

Additional qualifications: 3 years experience in analyzing large data sets of global and regional model simulations. Appointees should have a minimum 2 years experience working independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.

Preferred qualifications: Demonstrated experience in statistical analyses, Weather Research and Forecasting, Linux environment and programming skills. Strong written and oral communication skills demonstrated in peer review publications and presentations in professional conferences. Experience with IDL, Python, NCL, Matlab and/or FORTRAN.

Please log in to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01717 to submit your cover letter with qualifying research experience, a current CV, representative publications, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation. For more information, please send email attention JPF01717 to payroll@eri.ucsb.edu. For primary consideration, apply by 01/31/2020.

UCSB 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.

 

Associate Specialist - Analytical Environmental Chemistry - Earth Research Institute

A research (Associate Specialist) position is available at the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The incumbent must have a strong background in analytical environmental chemistry, with a master's degree or equivalent in this area, and able to conduct analysis with ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, particle sizers and common analysis of water, soil, sediment and biological samples, demonstrated experience in extraction methods and other sample preparation procedures. The incumbent needs to be familiar with statistical approaches for evaluating analytical data. They should have experience with managing a small team (3-5) of undergraduate and graduate students, planning their activities and reviewing their work to ensure the quality of the projects. Must demonstrate the ability to write scientific manuscripts and reports, with evidence of prior publications and will be expected to contribute to proposals for new projects.

A successful candidate's duties would include, under supervision and within a multi-institution team environment: develop new methods of analysis using the design of ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, particle sizers and common analysis of water, soil, sediment and biological samples and evaluate analytical data. Supervise a small team (3-5) of undergraduate and graduate students, planning their activities and reviewing their work to ensure the quality of the projects. . Write and publish scientific manuscripts and reports. 

The position is full time and offers a competitive salary and benefits. The initial appointment is for one year. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and funding availability. The ideal start date for the position is February 1, 2020. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

Qualifications:

Basic qualifications: Must have master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or have five to ten years of experience demonstrating expertise in analytical environmental chemistry or environmental engineering at the time of application. 

Additional qualifications: Before the appointment start date, must have a minimum of 6 months experience in extraction methods and other sample preparation procedures and mass spectrometry methods. One course and at least 6 months experience with statistical approaches for evaluating analytical data. Demonstrated ability to write scientific manuscripts and reports, with a minimum of 2 prior publications. 

Preferred qualifications: Experience writing proposals for new projects. A PhD or equivalent in analytical environmental chemistry. Experience with ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, particle sizers and common analysis of water, soil, sediment and biological samples. Experience with managing a small team (3-5) of undergraduate and graduate students, planning their activities and reviewing their work to ensure the quality of the projects.

Please log in to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01678 to submit your CV, a cover letter specifying the position of interest, 2 publications, and the contact information for three references. For primary consideration, please submit by November 24, 2019. For more information, please contact the department at eri-payroll@ucsb.edu

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.

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

 

 

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