The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is searching for a Research Associate I to join their team. This is a regular half-time position and is eligible for benefits.
Assisting the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) AUV/ROV Operations Coordinator with: scheduling of NDSF personnel on multiple projects and research vessels, coordination of international and domestic freight for 3 - 5 vehicle systems; completion of cruise related personnel forms, restocking of sea-going supplies, and coordination of shore support, as needed, when the operations team is in the field.
Must be willing to take on a variety of tasks often with overlapping deadlines (i.e. strong organizational skills). Independent judgement associated with implementation of operating practices required. Ability to work with variety of people. Valid passport required.
Minimum 3 years in logistics - preferably in the oceanographic or merchant marine environment.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 75 lbs independently (150 lbs with assistance) above the shoulder, shoulder to knee, knee to floor, ability to lift up to 50 lbs independently. Ability to carry up to 50 lbs independently. Visual ability to include depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing ability to include ability to communicate with others within a noisy environment at sea (diesel engines, etc.). Occasional standing/walking. Prolonged standing/walking. Manual dexterity/mobility. Use of hands for fine/basic grasping/manipulation. Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching. May be exposed to excessive cold, excessive heat or humidity, dust or other irritants, grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions, prolonged working hours. Physical 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.
Must be able to obtain TWIC
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