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Academic Coordinator - California Sea Grant/Biology Section Aquaculture Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Aquaculture Extension Specialist
Salary range: $74,896 - $90,170

Application Window

Open November 21, 2022 through Monday, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

California Sea Grant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego (UCSD), is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The California Sea Grant College Program (CASG) ( ) seeks a resourceful, innovative applied marine scientist with experience and interest in San Diego County and Southern California, for a position as a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist (also see, whose work strongly interfaces with marine aquaculture. This a full-time academic position, based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Biology Section, in the Academic Coordinator series. The Specialist will report through the CASG Extension Director to the CASG Director.

Sea Grant Extension Specialists work independently and together as part of a team located at universities throughout California. The role of an Extension Specialist is to address California-based coastal and marine issues and opportunities using research, community engagement, and education to develop, disseminate, and, when appropriate, put into action, science-based information. Specialists use various outreach methods (e.g., symposia, workshops, meetings) and materials to engage and inform community partners, industry, academics, and agency staff from local, regional, state, national, and international levels to address needs of California coastal communities.

Through this position, the Specialist will provide impartial science-based information and leadership in topical areas related to aquaculture. We are especially interested in candidates who can build an extension program that complements Scripps Biology Section Faculty and California Sea Grant Extension aquaculture expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external support (grants or contracts) that contributes to their program and the CASG Extension Program budget. The Specialist’s activities are to be integrated with and enriching to the Scripps academic community, while also supporting other academic marine aquaculture programs, and California’s aquaculture community (including but not limited to industries, environmental organizations, managers, regulators, and educators).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in marine biology with expertise in physiology, developmental biology, ecology, marine organismal biology, physiology and development or other related fields, with demonstrated experience working in any current or emerging areas related to aquaculture. Candidates should include discussion of a general research plan in the cover letter that outlines the types of research, outreach and student involvement they anticipate developing if appointed to the position. Strengths in organization, communication and engagement with a range of people, including other academics, stakeholders, policymakers, and the general public, are essential. A demonstrable broad range of experience in research and building communities of practice is desirable. Some experience with teaching at the college level (either as an instructor or teaching assistant) is favorable. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong potential for accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System.

For additional information regarding the position, contact either search committee member Dr. Theresa Talley (Sea Grant Extension Program Director) at; or Scripps faculty search committee Chair Dr. Jennifer Smith (Professor) at

For assistance with application process contact Rose Madson (Assistant Director) at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in marine science or other related disciplines with expertise in physiology, developmental biology, ecology, marine organismal biology, physiology and development, or other related fields, and with demonstrated experience working in any current or emerging areas related to aquaculture.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience with Sea Grant (state program or nationally), extension efforts, familiarity of the aquaculture landscape in California, and a record of securing extramural support for science-related activities.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Detailed description of background and qualifications, and personal plan for research and extension activities.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement of contributions to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Accessibility (DEIJA), including a summary of your past and present contributions and your plan for promoting and enhancing DEIJA in the field through this position.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

La Jolla, CA