Deadline: February 18, 2014
Under limited supervision operates and assists with repairing all oceanographic instrumentation installed aboard the University’s coastal research vessel while at sea. Assists with maintaining and calibrating the instrumentation while ashore. The emphasis is on the operation and maintenance of complex research equipment, instrumentation, and computer systems aboard the ship. The Oceanographic Specialist also acts as liaison between the science party and ships crew to help complete the scientific objectives.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
•Operates and assist with repairing ship's oceanographic instrumentation and computers.
•Assist in maintaining a high level of data quality controls.
•Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots, and repairs mechanical sampling devices such as corers, grabs, and sampling bottles.
•Participates in "on deck" and small boat operations.
•Collects, organizes, and processes scientific data taken from the ship’s acquisition computers.
•Instructs the scientific party in the safe and effective operation of all shared use equipment and computer systems as needed.
•Acts as the ship's radiation safety officer in absence of Oceanographic Technician, and participates annually in University radiation safety training.
•Performs other related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND ABILITIES: Requires a minimum of an associate's degree in electronics, computer science, oceanography, or related field and three years of relevant experience with scientific electronic apparatus, mechanisms, research instruments, and/or computer systems. Thorough knowledge of electronics, including troubleshooting procedures and use of test equipment. Requires thorough knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Windows applications programs.
OCCUPATIONAL/ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES: The physical environment requires the employee to work exposed to all conditions found aboard a ship at sea. This includes heavy weather, extreme heat/cold, and all forms of precipitation. Occasionally required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to perform normal duties aboard ship such as: climbing and descending ladders, handling mooring lines, opening and closing watertight doors, wearing an emergency breathing apparatus, reaching, handling, grasping, and lifting lifesaving and fire fighting equipment. Must meet the US Coast Guard (USCG) physical requirements for merchant seaman as outlined in 46 CFR and given on USCG Form CG-719K.
Must have strong interpersonal relationship skills and able to work closely with the Chief Scientist and scientific party. Must have great sensitivity to the accomplishment of the scientific mission. Must be able to spend extended periods away from home port; as much as 2/3 of the ship’s sailing schedule (as much as 140 days at sea) for periods of up to 3 weeks at a time.
Must be willing to be enrolled in a Department of Transportation (DOT) random drug testing program and pass a pre-employment drug screening. Must be willing to complete STCW Basic Safety Training and acquire an Ordinary Seaman’s Document.
How To Apply
When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.
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