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The School of Oceanography at the University of Washington operates two Federally owned research vessels, the R/V Thomas G. Thompson and R/V Clifford A. Barnes. The Shipboard Science Support Group (SSSG) provides logistics support within our overall Marine Operations efforts to enable research and academic users of our research vessels and shore-based facilities to successfully and safely carry out their planned missions and objectives. Individuals in this group will work cooperatively with ship operators, ship users, co-workers, and vendors to maintain a high level of services and specialized scientific and technical assistance to the oceanographic community both on shore and at sea.
The University of Washington currently seeks a qualified, motivated individual to join our team of sea-going personnel with the technical and scientific skills necessary to support our scientific and educational cruises. The role includes frequent periods worked at sea. Those hired will also work on shore to provide logistics support for current and future cruises and to develop particular areas of specialized knowledge that contribute to keeping the overall SSSG workgroup up-to-date in relevant technological advances and trends in oceanographic research.
Basic Job Duties
All personnel within the group are expected to perform the following tasks: While at sea, stand regular watches (typically 12 hours per day); perform duties of scientific data collection and archiving; and assist with deployment and recovery of scientific equipment as required to meet the objectives of each expedition. Assist the Master of the vessel to maintain compliance with ship, deck, and lab safety procedures and with proper storage and use of scientific hazardous materials and radioisotope materials brought onboard by vessel users. Operate, monitor, and maintain shipboard scientific instruments and associated software, shipboard navigation and communications systems, and GPS receivers.
Provide summary reports at the end of each expedition of successes and deficiencies in meeting objectives and the status of on board equipment and instruments. Plan and implement upgrades, as well as document procedures and configurations.
While on shore, provide logistical support within SSSG, including order and ship equipment or repair parts and supplies to ports of call; provide technical support to shipboard personnel via e-mail or phone consultations; inform SSSG Manager of equipment status and assist in ongoing efforts to schedule and document required repairs, upgrades, and associated tasks; work with manufacturers to ensure maintenance, repairs, and calibrations of instruments and equipment; work may include driving to/from suppliers and to deliver equipment/supplies to the port of call.
Contribute ideas to improve efficiency and function of SSSG. Interact with ship users and operators to determine best procedures to accomplish planned work safely; participate in pre-cruise conferences to identify and schedule the acquisition of specialized equipment to support expedition objectives; maintain pooled oceanographic instrumentation and equipment in safe working condition. Work collaboratively with other marine operations personnel to plan, schedule, and accomplish individual mobilization and demobilization tasks during vessel in port periods (both in Seattle and in other ports), and participate in the planning for shipboard scientific system maintenance, repairs and upgrades.
Participate during drydock and shipyard work periods. Participate in vendor, UNOLS (University National Oceanographic Laboratory System) or NSF-sponsored training opportunities to achieve standards of performance expected fleet wide. As schedule permits, attend annual meetings of the UNOLS Research Vessel Technical Enhancement Committee (RVTEC) to exchange information with personnel from other institutions to identify best practices and to resolve common problems.
In addition to the basic duties required of all personnel, members of SSSG are expected to develop individual expertise in emerging areas of oceanographic research in order to contribute ideas, develop procedures for carrying out shipboard research, interpret data quality, and collaborate on presenting research results. They are encouraged to identify and pursue necessary training opportunities to increase knowledge and skills in ways that benefit SSSG and Marine Operations activities and goals and that contribute to the academic and research missions of the School of Oceanography.
The School of Oceanography continues to build a team that includes individuals who have or will develop the following specialized skills:
Computer Network Administration. Manage shipboard computer Linux-based data servers and individual networked acquisition computers running Linux, Windows XP and Windows 7, and OSX operating systems. Ensure that this system is optimally configured and maintained for the science mission, including preserving the integrity of cruise data and shipboard communications systems. Develop procedures to provide redundancy of functions for system components, document the procedures, and provide training and direction within SSSG to elucidate network architecture, functionality, and procedures.
Data Acquisition Systems. Participate, in consultation with other members of SSSG team, vessel users, and vendors in operation/maintenance/upgrades of software and hardware that comprise the suite of mechanical, electronic, and computer-controlled instruments in shipboard data collection, routing, and archiving systems (e.g., Knudsen depth sounder and sub-bottom profiler, Seabird CTD, Kongsberg EM 302 swath bathymetry system, Applanix POS/MV, meteorological and navigational sensors, and vessel-mounted Teledyne/RDI Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers).
Sampling and Measurement Systems. Participate, in consultation with other members of SSSG team, vessel users, and vendors in the maintenance of mechanical and electronic components of sampling and measurement devices. Develop expertise in the use of acoustical systems and other scientific instrumentation for ship-based observations(e.g., Guildline AutoSal, Metrohm Dosimat titrators, chlorophyll fluorometers).
Data Archiving. Participate in UNOLS fleet wide R2R (rolling deck to repository) data archiving initiative and related efforts; implement best practices and standard procedures on our vessels; develop, maintain, and upgrade software to archive raw, derived, and meta data and to process, edit, and plot data for quality control and scientific inspection at sea.
Budget Management. Assist in preparation of annual operating budgets and proposals to support SSSG services and to provide ancillary services when required. Monitor expenditures to assure cost effectiveness of projects, to enable proper scheduling of purchases, repairs and upgrades, and to prepare timely projections of budget and task status.
Education. Interact with faculty, students, and research scientists to train and mentor them in standard and novel approaches to shipboard oceanographic instrumentation, data collection and interpretation; become a resource within the School of Oceanography who contribute to local
NSF-required broader impacts efforts to explain the significance of the research conducted on our vessels. Seek out opportunities for personal development and group improvement.
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