RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 2
|Req #: ||141430 |
|Department: ||JISAO |
|Appointing Department Web Address: ||http://jisao.washington.edu |
|Job Location: || Sand Point |
|Job Location Detail: ||NOAA/PMEL, Sand Point |
|Posting Date: ||01/24/2017 |
|Closing Info: || Open Until Filled |
|Salary: ||Salary is commensurate with education and experience. |
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
A leader in the environmental sciences, the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) is a Cooperative Institute between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Washington that fosters collaborative research on a broad range of global and regional topics of concern and interest to the public. JISAO has an opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 2 in the Ocean Climate Stations research group, located at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory at Sand Point in Seattle. At present, there is funding available for the position from March -December 2017, and a possibility of more funding after that.
The Research Scientist/Engineer 2 will participate in the collection, dissemination and analysis of the mooring time series data for the Ocean Climate Stations project (OCS), used for research in oceanography, meteorology, and climatology. For details about the OCS project see: http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/ocs.
The individual in this position will work with teams within the PMEL Engineering Development Division and Ocean Climate Research Division to ensure that the data acquisition systems satisfy the scientific needs of the project, and that data are processed and disseminated expeditiously, with appropriate quality controls and documentation. Incumbent will help evaluate newly developed or unique instrumentation as to its effectiveness in meeting project objectives, and work with vendors to improve instrument performance.
The Research Scientist/Engineer 2 will prepare written reports and oral presentations related to this research project and dealing with instrument or system performance, equipment testing and evaluation, data analysis techniques, and data quality for in-house distribution, feedback to manufacturers, publication in technical memoranda, and at technical workshops and meetings.
This position will ensure that all instruments and data acquisition systems are tested and prepared for deployments. This includes: packing/unpacking cruise gear, downloading data, returning instruments to manufacturers for calibration or repairs, performing in-house calibrations, planning and testing system integration, trouble-shooting and making minor repairs, and updating instrument tracking databases. The incumbent will assist with the specification and procurement of necessary materials for continued operation of the moorings, maintaining appropriate inventory of supplies necessary to conduct field operations.
OCS moorings also serve as a platform for instrumentation from partner groups, such as the PMEL CO2 group, and partners at the University of Washington. The incumbent may be responsible for coordinating gear transfers with these groups, as well as installing and troubleshooting these systems during research cruises.
The incumbent will be required to participate in research cruises to deploy, recover, and maintain instrumented oceanographic moorings, as well to do CTD and other ancillary projects. Fieldwork may be performed aboard ships of non-U.S. registry, as well as NOAA and UNOLS vessels.
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| Bachelor's degree in science or engineering, with 2-4 years experience in oceanographic or related fieldwork. |
Ability to understand field operations and instrument technology routinely used in oceanographic and meteorological studies.
Ability to learn vessel capabilities necessary to provide quality marine operations support.
Ability to learn preparation of oceanographic instrumentation used on PMEL Mooring Systems.
These include Seabird temperature and conductivity instruments, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, point Doppler current meters, air temperature and relative humidity sensors, short and long wave radiometers, rain gauges, barometers, and wind sensors, as well as custom data acquisition systems.
Ability to work independently, self-directing tasks and priorities.
Experience with Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills and adherence to the scientific method.
Ability to spend up to 3 months per year at sea, meeting all health and background check requirements.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
| Experience with some technical programming language (Perl, Python, or MATLAB) |
Software / firmware trouble-shooting experience
Systems development and documentation experience
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:|
| This UW/JISAO position is located at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory at Sand Point in Seattle. The successful candidate will be required to participate in scientific cruises to remote locations for extended periods of time. |
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