Natural Resource Economist (Associate Specialist)

The Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks a Natural Resource Economist with expertise in climate change, economic modeling, impact assessment, and adaptive learning to join the Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG; in its mission of managing the oceans for people. SFG supports a culture of research excellence and professional growth.

We foster a collaborative work environment to bring interdisciplinary expertise to solve critical ocean problems, and cultivate a deep respect for our partners, who put our science into action and illuminate new and interesting research questions for us to work on. SFG offers a flexible, project-centric workplace, but expects a great deal of initiative and accountability from our dedicated staff.

We work hard and play hard. The sunshine and sparkling waves of the Central California coast are on our doorstep, but as part of the renowned academic community at the University of California, Santa Barbara, we are serious about rigorous science and innovative solutions to address problems facing our oceans and the people who depend on them. We want our team members to succeed, both here and in their future, and we will actively encourage you to continue learning and reaching for higher goals.

We are looking for a Natural Resource Economist who is eager to join us in tackling evolving environmental challenges and thinking outside the box to contribute to theoretical and applied projects that support healthy and productive oceans. The successful candidate will provide analytical and research support and oversight on diverse research projects, including but not limited to: leading economic analyses and biological assessments of marine resources, running bioeconomic models and tradeoff analyses in order to provide scientific input to multi-use marine spatial planning initiatives, contributing to high-profile scientific publications, and mentoring other SFG staff on economics models and methods.

Basic Qualifications: Master’s degree in Environmental Economics, Resource Economics, or a closely related discipline.

Additional Qualifications: At least 1-3 years of experience in econometrics and empirical economic research and modeling. Expertise in climate change, adaptive learning and impact assessment in the context of global fisheries or other natural resources. Must have advanced modeling experience in R – an open source software package; extensive experience with management, analysis and synthesis of large datasets; strong coding skills; and proficiency with Github, Shiny, and other modern data management, sharing and presentation interfaces.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Environmental Economics, Resource Economics, or a closely related discipline and over 3 years experience in econometrics and empirical economic research and modeling. At least two peer-reviewed publications in an internationally recognized journal and a thorough understanding of Bayesian economic theory and methods (using JAGS, BUGS, or STAN). Expertise in the unique environmental resource management and economic development challenges facing the Global South, particularly in relation to fisheries, is strongly preferred.

This is a 100% time appointment, initially funded for a period of two years, with potential for renewal. Salary is dependent on experience. The University of California, Santa Barbara, offers a competitive benefits package (health, dental, vision, retirement, disability), and the campus supports many employee-friendly services, including affordable child care facilities and discounted public transit. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the mild Central California climate, as do local arts and cultural experiences. This city of approximately 90,000 residents offers many metropolitan amenities in a close-knit beach community.


Review of applications will begin April 13, 2016.

The department 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.


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