Faculty Research Assistant - Mooring Technician

Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job Location: Corvallis
Position Appointment Percent: 100
Appointment Basis: 12
Faculty Status: Regular
Tenure Status: Fixed-Term
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Position Summary

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:

  • Configuration and integration of scientific instruments onto moorings.
  • Responsibility for scientific instruments and electronics during research cruise
  • Deployment and recovery of oceanographic platforms.

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.

Position Duties

35% – Electrically Assemble Moorings:
Perform top to bottom electrical assembly and testing of buoys, mooring risers, and anchor recovery systems that will be used for scientific research. Test, integrate, update, troubleshoot, and refurbish custom built platform power, control, and communications electronics on oceanographic research platforms such as buoys, mooring risers, benthic packages, and profilers. Draw conclusions on the development and design of platforms used for data collection. Update and troubleshoot shore side software that communicates with moorings. Develop and follow procedures for the tasks above, ensuring proper sample collection techniques.

25% – Instrument-Related Tasks and Refurbishment:
Prepare scientific research instruments for remote deployments using vendor software and/or Linux command line utilities (e.g. minicom). Configure and program instruments, update vendor software on instruments, maintain instrument calibrations, plot scientific data to assess field performance of instruments, plot engineering data to assess performance of mooring systems, and refurbish instruments after recovery. Disassemble and store electrical components, perform local refurbishment tasks, coordinate the transport and refurbishment of hardware and instruments at vendors, and track inventory. Develop and follow procedures for the tasks above, ensuring proper sample collection techniques, and ensuring the proper quality and format of data to be incorporated into published works.

15% – Deployment and Recovery:
Participate in oceanographic research cruises to deploy and recover platforms and instruments. Contribute to the electrical integration and testing of moorings on the ship, perform deck operations during deployment and recovery, and demobilize after recovery. Fulfill the post-cruise obligation of data dissemination to scientists and national data archives. Complete post-cruise assessments.

20% – Write Technical Reports:
Contribute to technical reports describing integration and test of observatory elements, oceanographic cruises and data quality control procedures. Plot and analyze engineering and scientific data using Python and Linux command line utilities. Prepare reports of observatory research for submission to National Science Foundation data centers, including documentation of metadata. Perform and document Quality Assurance and Quality Control analysis on OOI data. Contribute to peer-reviewed publications and to presentations at scientific conferences.

5% – Community Engagement and Public Outreach:
Assist scientists and project managers as directed to meet broader impacts goals of OOI. Prepare and present OOI equipment, exhibits, and materials. Meet with stakeholders including the broader OSU campus, regional K-12 students and educators, and regional coastal communities.

Drive personal, university-owned, rental and/or OSU Motor Pool vehicles to transport equipment and people to research sites.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Oceanography, Science, Computer Science, Engineering, or related field or Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography, Science, Computer Science, Engineering, or related field and 2-3 years of previous research experience in oceanography or related scientific field.
  • Experience with software interfaces and electronics of scientific equipment.
  • Ability to read electrical and mechanical drawings
  • Demonstrated written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Possess a strong commitment to work in a team with the ability to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times.
  • Must obtain forklift certification within one month of hire.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse identities, perspectives and experiences, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

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

  • Experience running and modifying Python, Matlab, and Linux shell scripts.
  • At least two years of experience preparing, deploying, recovering, and maintaining oceanographic research instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated experience in seagoing scientific operations including over-the-side operations.
  • Experience with formal design and documentation procedures and processes in large construction projects.
  • Expertise in hands on electronics, electrical, and software troubleshooting and problems resolution.

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
Number of Vacancies: 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date: 08/15/2018
Full Consideration Date: 07/05/2018
Closing Date: 07/19/2018
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search: Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

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:

  1. A resume/CV; and
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

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, edever@ceoas.oregonstate.edu

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.

posted: 15 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.