Data Science Technician, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Pinsky Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural

Resources is searching for an organized, enthusiastic, and skilled

individual to work as a data science technician on a three-year project

modeling the future of coral reefs and the potential for evolutionary

rescue. The project is in collaboration with the Coral Reef Alliance, Dr.

Daniel Schindler at the University of Washington, and other collaborators.

The project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The technician will assist the PI, a postdoc, and our collaborators by

identifying, assembling, and synthesizing existing, region-specific data on

coral reefs and their oceanography, ecological communities, population

dynamics, evolutionary parameters, and climate in the Pacific and

Caribbean. These data will contribute to regional and/or global models of

coral adaptation and the potential for conservation over the coming

centuries across realistically complex landscapes. Important questions to

be studied include the relative role of ecological vs. evolutionary change

in rapid coral adaptation, the interaction between oceanography and

evolutionary processes, and the potential for conservation actions to

facilitate rapid adaptation. Other duties will include assisting with data

visualizations as well as project and lab logistics such as training

students, preparing materials for grant reports and applications,

maintaining a website, and organizing events.

The technician will be part of a dynamic research team with opportunities

for professional development, presentations, co-authorship on scientific

manuscripts, and collaboration with colleagues at Rutgers, U. Washington,

the Coral Reef Alliance, and beyond. Rutgers offers many opportunities to

interact with biologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, and other

scholars in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the

Rutgers Climate Institute, the Institute for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric

Sciences, and the many other institutions in the New York region.

Minimum Qualifications

– A bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in ecology & evolution, marine biology, oceanography,

climate, or a related scientific field, or an equivalent combination of

education and relevant experience

– Exceptional organizational and data management skills

– Strong ability to accomplish tasks independently

– Excellent communication skills with professional colleagues

– Demonstrable skill with a scientific computing language (e.g., R, MATLAB,

or Python) and with data science applications

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience with data management, including spatial data

– Knowledge of coral reef biology, ecology, or oceanography

– Experience with computer clusters and scientific computing

– Start date in summer 2017

– Experience on the Meso-American Reef or in Fiji or Indonesia

To apply, please please send a cover letter that describes your interest in

the position, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three

references to Malin Pinsky ( Please combine all

components of the application into a single file, and include =E2=80=9CCORAL tech

position=E2=80=9D in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on April

14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

This is a full-time position, initially appointed for a period of 12 months

at an annual salary of $30,860-$35,000 (depending on qualifications), plus

health insurance, retirement contributions, and other benefits. The

position can be extended for at least one year depending on performance.

More information about the Pinsky lab can be found at Please contact Malin Pinsky ( if you have any questions.