Assistant Research Scientist, Ocean Fronts and Climate Change; Conservation International

Job Title: 
Assistant Research Scientist, Ocean Fronts and Climate Change
Job Location: 
Santa Barbara, California
Full-Time - 18 months

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  


Conservation International is seeking an assistant research scientist with a recent Ph.D. to assist in research exploring how marine megafauna use ocean fronts, with a focus on the Mozambique Channel, in the Ocean Front Change project 


Position objective

Implement Work Package 8 (Megafauna use of ocean fronts) and assist in overall project management with the PI for the Belmont Forum-funded Ocean Front Change (OFC) project. WP8 mines data from historical records of marine megafauna presence in the Mozambique Channel to be compared with statistically identified oceanfront features in the channel being produced by the project French team (Vincent Rossi, MIO) and uses this to create models of megafauna use of ocean fronts that can be projected into the future using OFC simulations of future oceanfront conditions. This position will develop recommendations for conservation and fishing to reduce marine megafauna mortality at ocean fronts in the Mozambique channel based on this analysis. This position will identify and obtain access to sources of historical data, including air photo surveys, satellite tag data and ocean acoustic records. The position will lead creation of megafauna models for the project. The position will coordinate a scientific working group of data providers and lead a publication including them as co-authors. The position will provide overall project coordination and logistical support to all Work Packages to support the coordinating role of the PI in this CI-led project. The position requires travel to France and Mozambique, when conditions permit.

18-month appointment with possibility for renewal.


  • The position is based at UCSB in Santa Barbara, California and requires travel when health safety permits. 
  • Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences between CA and other CI regional offices may be necessary.



  • Recent advanced degree graduate in marine sciences or related field
  • A climate-change-related thesis topic 
  • Experience in using or implementing climate change ocean models or species models
  • Background in research relevant to climate change adaptation and vulnerability in marine open water and (ideally) oceanfront settings.
  • Ability to use R, statistical packages, modeling tools and other quantitative software is essential
  • Fluency in at least one language other than English is preferred (Spanish, French, Portuguese) fluency in multiple languages is a strong asset


  • Some field experience, either ancillary to Ph.D. or postdoctoral research

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

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