We are hiring a Syngnathid Research Assistant

Are you passionate about conservation and biology?  We are hiring a Syngnathid Research Assistant at UBC.   Apply now- deadline 19 November 2016.

In order to submit an application for this job, candidates must go through the UBC careers website (https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php), then select the correct job (Job ID: 24966), and follow the instructions online to apply.  

Job ID: 24966     
Location:    Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Employment Group: Technicians & Research Assists
Job Category: Research/Technical - Non Union
Classification Title: Research Asst/Tech 2
Business Title: Research Asst/Tech 2
VP/Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Inst. for Oceans and Fisheries
Salary Range: $40,434.00 (minimum) - $44,309.00 (midpoint) - $48,185.00 (maximum)
Full/Part Time:    Full-Time
Desired Start Date: 2017/01/03
Job End Date: 2018/01/02
Possibility of Extension: Yes
Funding Type: Grant Funded
Closing Date: 2016/11/19
Available Openings: 1

Job Summary

(1) Support the Project Seahorse Director's teaching, research and policy activities
(2) Collaborate with Director and other team members to produce scientific papers and reports
(3) Facilitate relationships and information exchange with external collaborators.

Organizational Status

The Research Assistant will report directly to the Project Seahorse Director or her designate.  S/he will work closely with the Director and other research team members based in Canada and internationally, providing biological and other technical input on manuscripts, management and policy work.  S/he will also establish long-distance links with colleagues and volunteer groups around the world, to support their engagement with syngnathid biology and conservation. Required to attend weekly group meetings.

Work Performed

  • Collaborates with other team members on research and other projects using biological data and information management.  
  • Supports development of manuscripts, reports and presentations, including graphics preparation.  
  • Acts as liaison person for international expert group on seahorses and their relatives, including collaborating with group members and the IUCN to produce up-to-date IUCN Red List assessments for syngnathiform and gasterosteiform fishes. 
  • Supports citizen science programs by engaging with contributors and analyzing program data. 
  • Surveys literature, collating information to support research, teaching, management and policy endeavours.  
  • Provides technical support for teaching and grant writing.  
  • Maintain collections of specimens, reprints, images, artifacts and media coverage --- and responds to external requests for these items.  
  • Develops outreach materials, such as powerpoint presentations, to advance marine conservation and PS collective initiatives.  
  • Responds to research and conservation queries from colleagues, the media, and the public.  
  • Communicates about team activities, outputs and outcomes on social media and in blogs. 
  • Identifies and co-ordinates PS volunteers.  
  • Assists with organization of special events hosted by PS or involving PS.  
  • Supports travel by PS Director, and other team members as designated.  
  • Performs other duties as requested

Supervision Received
The Research Assistant will report to Project Seahorse Director.  S/he will be required to work independently as well as within a team environment.

Supervision Given

Consequence of Error/Judgement
As appropriate, in order to achieve agreed objectives (personal and organizational) and within established parameters.


  • High School graduation.  University Degree in a relevant biological science (e.g: ecology, conservation biology, fisheries) preferred, with a Master's degree being ideal.  Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must have excellent research and organizational skills.   
  • Minimum of two years of related experience in conservation-related research and management is a highly desirable.   
  • Experience working in developing countries would be a significant asset.   
  • Experience working with R and GIS, and other conservation-relevant software.
  • Foreign language skills would be a significant asset.   
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time to complete work punctually. 
  • Familiarity with issues in aquatic conservation.  
  • Familiarity with all elements involved in producing scientific research. 
  • Strong communication skills (written, oral and listening). 
  • Robust database skills.  
  • Experience with data analysis and scientific writing. 
  • Comfort with social media and public communications. 
  • Must be able to work independently under minimal direction.  
  • Must be highly organized with great attention to detail.  
  • Must have a positive attitude and be a team player.  
  • Must be flexible and perform well under pressure.  
  • Must know how to complete work to deadlines, applying strategic thinking where necessary.  
  • Must be willing and prepared to render assistance after hours when required.  
  • Must be willing to travel for work if necessary, potentially to remote areas of developing countries

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.