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Junior/Assistant Specialist - Aquatic Ecology - Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist/Assistant Specialist
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Specialist salary scale (Table 24B). This position provides full benefits.
Percent time: The initial appointment will be at 100% time.
Anticipated start: Winter 2022-2023
Position duration: The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Jan 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 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.

Position description

The Dr. Ruhi Lab, in the Department Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) within the Rausser College of Natural Resources (RCNR) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) seeks applicants for the position of Junior/Assistant Specialist, to specialize in the area of Aquatic Ecology.

The Junior/Assistant Specialist’s primary focus will be to perform field and laboratory studies, under the supervision of Dr. Ruhi, aimed to advance the understanding of the ecological effects of environmental variation in aquatic ecosystems. The appointee will work alongside other members of the lab (primarily postdoctoral scholars and graduate students) on key research projects with the goal to better understand how drying controls invertebrate community dynamics in Mediterranean-climate streams, and to quantify biodiversity responses to habitat and flow restoration actions in a range of aquatic ecosystems (i.e., urban rivers, tidal wetlands, and Sierra Nevada streams).

Work will be conducted in the Ruhi Lab located on the UCB campus, as well as various California field sites (e.g., Pinnacles National Park, Kings River Experimental Watershed, Los Angeles River). Transportation will be provided, if necessary.

Responsibilities and Job Duties (while not limited to) may include participation and/or assistance with;

  • Monitoring of the Hydrological and biological endpoints , at the lab’s field sites
  • Field experiments to assess the biodiversity consequences of stream drying
  • The design and implementation of protocols to sort and identify stream benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Quality-control of taxonomic data sets and document invertebrate diversity
  • Maintenance, organization and upkeep of Lab and/or Field site equipment and work spaces


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrollment in a Bachelor’s Degree Program
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent international degree)
Preferred qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in (an area of) Biology
  • Demonstrated experience in aquatic ecology research, and Basic knowledge of freshwater invertebrate taxonomy

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, California