Faculty Research Assistant - Mooring Deployment/Recovery Lead and Lead of Mechanical Mooring Refurbishment

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 FTE, 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 operate the Endurance Array and to deliver documented scientific research data from it. This FRA will oversee and participate in research facility and field operations to assemble, deploy, recover and refurbish oceanographic platforms and instruments used in the Endurance Array with a focus on mooring operations, including:

  • mechanical assembly and testing of oceanographic research platforms
  • ground transportation of research equipment
  • deployment and recovery of large oceanographic research platforms
  • refurbishment of oceanographic research mechanical components

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 principle investigators (PIs) for use in peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Position Duties

30% – Lead Mechanical Assembly and Maintenance of Oceanographic Research Moorings:
Lead mechanical assembly of moorings, including top to bottom mechanical assembly and testing of buoys, mooring risers, and anchor recovery systems. Interpret mechanical drawings and direct the team as to when, where, and how to put the moorings together. Draw conclusions on the design of instrumentation used for data collection and provide guidance to the scientist. Coordinate team contributions to the mechanical assembly of moorings, organize and supply the facility to enable mooring assembly. Develop procedures for these tasks to ensure proper sample collection techniques.

30% – Lead Refurbishment of Scientific Research Mooring Mechanical Components:
Lead disassembly and storage of mechanical components, refurbishment of mechanical components, oversee transport and refurbishment of components at vendors, track assets, and manage inventory. Track physical inventory, determine where assets go and how they will be organized and utilized. Interpret mechanical drawings and direct the team as to when, where, and how to refurbish moorings. Troubleshoot mechanical problems and propose solutions. Assign mooring refurbishment activities to the project’s undergraduate student employees, oversee their training, and monitor their work quality.

25% – Lead Deployment and Recovery of Oceanographic Equipment:
In consultation with the Chief Scientist, lead the advance planning for upcoming cruises and deployments, the preparation and staging of research equipment, and the scheduling of equipment usage. Act as a liaison, coordinating information between scientific party members and ship operators. Act as the Deck Lead for the deployment and recovery of oceanographic research equipment. Plan and execute the transport of moorings to and from the ship including packing, shipping, reassembly, and loading onto the ship. Lead the integration of moorings at the ship. Manage deck operations, which include planning and executing deck loading and unloading, overseeing the lay out of the deck, providing step-by-step set up for deployment and recovery, managing safety considerations, and contributing to cruise planning activities.

10% – Write Technical Reports Describing Integration and Deployment of the Endurance Array:
Prepare reports of Endurance Array research for submission to National Science Foundation data centers. 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering, Earth System Sciences, Marine Resource Management, Physical Oceanography, or related field.
  • At least two years of experience preparing, deploying, recovering, and maintaining oceanographic research instrumentation or similar equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience in sea-going scientific operations including over-the-side operations.
  • Basic electrical/electronics skills.
  • Experience and aptitude with mechanical systems, including hands on troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Possess a strong commitment to work in a team with the ability to contribute expertise and work well with others
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • 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

  • Master’s degree in Science, Engineering, Earth System Sciences, Marine Resource Management, Physical Oceanography, or related field.
  • Experience with, and knowledge of the principles of operation of, oceanographic instrumentation.
  • Certificate in ocean observing systems or similar field.
  • AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Inventor or similar CAD experience.
  • Computer programming experience (e.g. Matlab, Python).

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

This position is required to work from various research ships in oceanic environments for up to 50 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: P02216UF
Number of Vacancies: 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date: 08/15/2018
Full Consideration Date: 06/29/2018
Closing Date: 07/13/2018
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 June 29, 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.