Fisheries Collaborative Program Project Scientist Pool (Ongoing)

University of California-Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA, USA 🇺🇸


Position title: Fisheries Collaborative Program Assistant Project Scientist, Associate Project Scientist, and Project Scientist

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, see rank qualifications at

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s need and the availability of funding. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments to the Project Scientist title series made through January 31, 2023. Initial appointments made after this period must be made through other recruitments.

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for a minimum of one year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.


Open October 4, 2021 through Monday, Oct 3, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by October 3, 2022, you will have until October 17, 2022 to complete your application.


The Fisheries Collaborative Program in the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of project scientists who may be appointed to support research on the conservation and management of California’s living marine resources.

The Fisheries Collaborative Program (FCP) fosters research collaborations between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, UCSC faculty, IMS researchers, and students. The research activities of the FCP include field studies and laboratory experiments, modeling, and computational studies, involving marine and freshwater species and habitats. Comprehensive studies are being conducted on the ecology and life history of Pacific salmonids and other fishes. FCP research supports the conservation of coastal biodiversity and the sustainable management of fisheries resources.

Under the direction of an assigned UCSC IMS academic supervisor and NOAA Science Advisor(s), the FCP project scientists will contribute high-level skills to make significant and creative contributions to various research projects by designing and implementing field or laboratory based studies; managing and analyzing large and complex datasets; and, contributing to presentations, agency reports, and peer-reviewed publications (as a co-author or in some cases lead author). Some senior FCP project scientists supervise research personnel and/or serve as grant/contract Principal Investigators (PIs) with the permission of the divisional dean and Office of Research.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: population modeling, analysis of animal movement, tagging and tracking of aquatic species, species interactions, habitat analysis, predator-prey relationships, impacts of climate on marine organisms, computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, R, etc.), database management, and/or statistical analysis.

The Fisheries Collaborative Program

Institute of Marine Sciences


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in fisheries sciences and management, marine biology and biological oceanography, ocean/marine sciences, oceanography, ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, biology, or a related field; or a Master’s degree in the previously listed fields of study plus four years’ research experience relevant to the advertised position (achieved post Master’s degree).
  • Experience contributing to field or laboratory studies in the areas of fisheries biology, marine science, oceanography, climate variability, natural resources management, or related field (experience may have been obtained while completing doctoral degree).


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

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