Faculty Research Assistant - Mooring Technician
Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FT, 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.
Oregon State University (OSU) is a partner on a large-scale multi-year federally funded project called the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). OOI operates a global, networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological, and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. OSU operates the OOI Endurance Array, which is a network of sensors operating off the Pacific Northwest. This network brings a wealth of information to ocean researchers, fisheries, coastal managers, elected officials, and the general public about our shared ocean resources. The Endurance Array includes over 200 instruments mounted on 6 surface moorings, 6 profilers, and 6 gliders deployed off the coast of Oregon and Washington. Ocean measurements from these instruments are made available in near real time to the world via the web.
This Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) will work with a team of researchers, oceanographers, and technicians to assemble, deploy, recover, and refurbish oceanographic platforms and instruments used in the OOI Endurance Array. Work will focus on Endurance Array electronics, including:
This FRA will actively participate in research related field operations, including equipment operation, maintenance, and installation cruises. The FRA ensures that the data collected from the Endurance Array meets standards of the highest quality, has received proper quality control, and is disseminated to the principal investigators (PIs) for use in peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
35% – Electrically Assemble Moorings:
25% – Instrument-Related Tasks and Refurbishment:
15% – Deployment and Recovery:
20% – Write Technical Reports:
5% – Community Engagement and Public Outreach:
Drive personal, university-owned, rental and/or OSU Motor Pool vehicles to transport equipment and people to research sites.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
This position is required to work from various research ships in oceanic environments for up to 40 days per year, on research cruises up to three weeks in duration. During this time, the ability to work and reside in confined spaces will be required. Some of the work takes place on a moving platform, on elevated surfaces, and requires working with lift equipment; therefore, safety is of utmost importance. Safety procedures are common to all research ships and are required to be followed as explained by the Captain and crew of each ship at the start of and during each voyage.
The ability to lift/carry/push/pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
This position works directly with non-restricted chemicals, and occasionally requires exposure to high noise levels, use of respirator or dust mask, and operation of passenger vehicles, utility carts, forklifts, heavy machinery, winches, cranes, and other vehicles.
Posting Number: P02237UF
Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 5, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
For additional information please contact: Ed Dever, 541-737-2749, firstname.lastname@example.org
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.