Research Associate II
Job Reference14-01-01
Job TitleResearch Associate II
The Physical Oceanography Department is searching for a Research Associate II to join their team. This is a regular full-time position and is eligible for benefits.
The scope of this position will involve work with several instrument systems, including AUVS, gliders, profiling systems and other oceanographic sensor platforms. The successful applicant will be responsible for programming, maintaining, testing, and operation of these instruments. Design work, generally at the subsystem level will be necessary as modifications are made to instruments for specific science applications. The successful applicant will also work with data from each instrument platform.
This position requires advanced system programming skills, particularly those involved in programming Persistor-based operation systems. Coding ability with Matlab, Fortran, and C/C++ code structures and proficiency with CAD software is required.
Expert status for operating, programming and piloting both Teledyne-Webb SLOCOM gliders and Hydroid REMUS AUVS is required. In addition at-sea experience with both systems, involving deployments from Research Vessels deployed for numerous weeks away from port facilities is required.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting up to 100 lbs independently (200 with assistance) above the shoulder, shoulder to knee and knee to floor, lifting 50+ lbs no assistance at least 1 times per hour (once per day), lifting under 50 lbs no assistance at least 1 times per hour (once per day), lifting 25-50 lbs no assistance at least 1 times per hour (once per day), carrying up to 50 lbs at least 1 times per hour (once per day). Visual abilities to include depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, ability to distinguish basic colors. This position requires frequent prolonged standing/walking, use of hands for fine manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching. May be exposed to dust or other irritants, grease and oils, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, odorous chemicals or specimens, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions.  duties are subject to change.
Sea Duty conditions and physical attributions: May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.
Bachelor's Degree in either physics or engineering and several years experience working as an operator and programmer of AUVS and also microstructure sampling systems. Research cruise experience at the level of several months logged at sea is strongly desired.
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