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3 Jun 2015

Freelance R Programmer/Modeler (@California)

Cramer Fish Sciences – Posted by CFS_California Sanger, California, United States

Job Description


Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is a fisheries research consulting firm with offices in California and in the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1987, CFS provides a fantastic work environment that fosters growth and learning in a casual yet productive atmosphere. Our mission is to rigorously apply the scientific method to afford our clients innovative, scientifically robust solutions to address a variety of fisheries and environmental challenges. The CFS team achieves these high standards through effective and unbiased data collection, insightful analysis and interpretation, and clear communications. Visit our website at

CFS is looking for a contractor with specialized skills in R and Shiny, but, CFS is broadly interested in individuals with expertise in programming, modeling, mathematics, or statistics to work with our California team to help resolve challenging resource management problems. This individual would work as part of a team providing specialized services to clients helping them understand the effects of resource management actions on aquatic habitat and fish. CFS is well-regarded in the region for developing highly-defensible, practical solutions to support sustainable natural resource management.

The position is available as a remotely-based independent contractor for six months. For the right candidate, a full time position could develop at one of our California or Pacific Northwest locations at the end of the 6 month term. We have on-going projects and many new prospects and expect steady work for the foreseeable future.

Position Description
CFS seeks an individual with strong programming skills that has an interest in and/or exposure to scientific applications. This could be programmer with a strong interest in science or an ecologist with strong programming skills. Knowledge and experience with R and Shiny is required. Knowledge and experience with Python, database management systems, web development, spatial data, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and with ecology and resource management is a plus.
• Write code to prepare biological and hydrological data for analysis (e.g., extracting and aggregating data from DSS files, cleaning and organizing data for input into simulation models)
• Create effective data visualizations (static and interactive)
• Build Shiny apps that facilitate the exploration and visualization of large, complex data sets
• Collaborate with biologists to develop simulation models and quantitative assessments of ecological data.
• Design models to guide prioritization of recovery actions and to help monitor recovery success.
• Write and edit technical documents.

• Ph.D. or M.S. with one or more years of experience with R and Shiny
• Advanced computer skills
• Highly-motivated, self-starter who can work independently and as part of a team
• Speak and write English fluently.

The applicant must produce high-quality work, be able to meet objectives and deadlines, and have a strong commitment to meeting the goals of the project within the budgeted time frame. The candidate should have strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and be able to work collaboratively with team members to solve problems. It is important for the applicant to be positive and professional at all times, demonstrate respect for team members, work with a clear and attentive mind, and be punctual to scheduled start times with appropriate attire and materials. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and have the ability to handle multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines.

Compensation and Benefits

Open: Until Filled

Position Start Date: Immediately

Email Cover letter and Resume to: Steve Zeug at [email protected]
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How to Apply

Email Cover letter and Resume to: Steve Zeug at [email protected]

Job Categories: Data Scientist / Statistician. Job Types: Freelance. Job Tags: Modeling, shiny, simulation, and visualization. Salaries: Less than $100,000.

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