Assistant Research Scientist

Monterey, California
Apr 18, 2019
Jun 17, 2019
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Job summary

The Assistant Research Scientist creates various analytical tools to support research programs within the Conservation Research department. This may include, conducting but not be limited to, developing fisheries and ecosystem research, preparing and publishing scientific analyses, and supporting field programs in biotelemetry. This is a 2 Year Assignment. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Responsible for conducting research in elasmobranchs, historical ecology, climate change, fisheries, protected species, spatial ecology, and ecosystem science projects
  • Responsible for obtaining, processing, organizing, and analyzing empirical data
  • Responsible for developing mechanistic and stochastic models using observational and environmental data, and generating data visualizations from these models
  • Responsible for preparing journal manuscripts and presenting conference presentations
  • Assists with providing technical support for the TRCC, including specimen preparation, data processing, data analyses, and database support
  • Assists with experimental research in respirometry and physiology at the TRCC
  • Assists with the development of innovative ecological indices, metrics, and indicators to address CR strategic objectives and activities
  • Assists with research on life history, assessment, climatic forcing, and population dynamics
  • Work closely with the Director of Science, principal investigators, staff, and students in CR
  • As needed, develops specific tools to support existing CR and Conservation & Science staff projects
  • As needed, assists with oversight of undergraduate research assistants and volunteers

Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

  • Advanced degree (M.Sc., Ph.D.) in the marine science, fisheries, statistics, ecology, computer science, mathematics, or advanced knowledge in these disciplines akin to such a degree
  • Geospatial ecology; expertise in processing and interpretation of environmental and biotelemetry data
  • Data science; expertise in applying empirical data to models to address applied environmental problems
  • Programming; expertise in R, Python, Matlab, C++, ADMB, ARCGIS, Excel, or other analytical software
  • Data visualization and information graphics; familiarity with leveraging large datasets into compelling figures and graphics for scientific and lay audiences
  • Boating skills and ability to work at sea
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in diverse working groups
  • Excellent writing and presenting skills
  • Ability to work within and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values
  • Ability to obtain valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull Program