Blue Prosperity Coalition Postdoctoral Researcher; Environmental Market Solutions Lab, UCSB

The Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists at UC Santa Barbara dedicated to developing market-based solutions for efficient and equitable environmental outcomes.

emLab is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with a background in fisheries science, conservation planning and/or natural resource economics to conduct research and analyses to help solve real-world challenges through our partnership with the Blue Prosperity Coalition. The Blue Prosperity Coalition (BPC) is a network of global experts led by the Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute. The BPC engages with governments around the world to implement marine spatial planning with a focus on the conservation and development of sustainable blue economies. We provide scientifically robust analyses to inform on-the-ground implementation of sustainable ocean planning and fisheries monitoring, management, and assessment. Countries in our current portfolio include Curaςao, the Azores, Tonga, Bermuda, the Maldives, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Samoa. 

The Blue Prosperity Coalition (BPC) Postdoctoral Researcher will be an adaptable and creative problem solver who is excited about joining a team dedicated to providing scientific support to a global, on-the-ground marine conservation initiative. The successful candidate will have the ability to identify, adapt, and develop new methods and analyses as priorities and needs change over time. The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to be self-directed and independent to keep up with a dynamic workstream and rapid deadlines, while also able to work well with a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary team. The ideal candidate will have strong technical and analytical skills and can effectively communicate their work to stakeholders, scientists, and policy makers. 

The BPC Postdoctoral Researcher will compile, synthesize, manage, and analyze data and relevant information to advance the sustainable fisheries management and marine conservation efforts of BPC and partner countries. They will lead and co-author research papers for peer-reviewed journals, present research results, and write science-backed policy briefs and internal reports to help inform decision- making in collaboration with the emLab BPC team. We currently have funding for this position for one year. It is anticipated that this position will end after one year, with an extension possible based on needs and funding availability. 

Basic Qualifications 
● Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD program (or equivalent) except the dissertation in fisheries science, marine ecology, environmental science and management, natural resource economics, or a related field at the time of application;

Additional Qualifications
● PhD in fisheries science, marine ecology, environmental science and management, natural resource economics, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications 
● Experience leading peer-reviewed publications and/or reports;
● Proficiency in R programming language; 
● Experience collaborating using GitHub;
● Ability to answer research questions related to conservation strategies with creative and novel data sources and analytical methods;
● Experience collaboratively drafting and editing reports and research outputs under deadlines;
● Experience initiating and managing successful scientific collaborations with a wide range of academic and non-academic collaborators;
● Experience communicating scientific findings with practitioners and other stakeholder groups;
● Desire to work as part of a team dedicated to supporting a global marine conservation initiative. 
● Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. 
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job Location: Santa Barbara, CA

For primary consideration, apply by 04/04/2021 online at:

Final date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.