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Ship-Board Physical Scientist (Hydrographer)
Job Type: full-time permanent position
Location: New Hampshire
Posting Date: 17 Sep 13
Closing Date: 17 Dec 13
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (~130 days/year) and NOAA Joint Hydrographic Center, UNH (Remainder of the year)
The NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer (EX) is a research vessel dedicated to exploring unknown areas of the deep-ocean. The vessel is fully equipped with an ocean depth multibeam sonar mapping system and a two-bodied, deep-water remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system capable to diving to 6000m. Images, video, data and other information will be broadcast to the Internet and to science command centers located across the country from the ship using a state-of-the-art satellite system. OER will collaborate with NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey to expand the larger pool of physical scientists to augment NOAA’s data processing and product development for non-charting missions, allowing physical scientists to cross-deck between ships/programs, run larger agency-wide training sessions, and collaborate on shore-based centers.
The Physical Scientist (Hydrographer) will be primarily responsible for maintaining and operating the vessel’s hydrographic survey equipment, and managing associated mapping data. These duties include sonar data acquisition, data processing, data management and product generation. Secondarily, this person will be expected to help manage and archive all data aboard the vessel including mapping data. The individual will also be expected to help with ROV operations, though this is an ancillary responsibility, and those exact duties will depend on the skills and desires of the selected candidate.
This person must also be able to maintain and operate all mapping-related software packages and technology associated with sonar data acquisition and data management such as preliminary processing and storage. In addition, the individual will help maintain and support the mission-related computer systems, networking infrastructure and mission specific software packages.
The individual will be expected to show initiative in solving technical and operational problems; must be able to troubleshoot and resolve problems in a time-critical environment; perform proof-of-performance testing and preventive maintenance such as, but not limited to, providing technical advice on maintenance of ship-based acoustic sensors and backing-up data. The individual will be involved in the design, development and implementation of new equipment and/or software related to maintaining and/or improving sonar system capabilities. This person will also create advanced mapping products unique to EX’s missions, and analyze operating programs and make constructive recommendations for improvements.
Other duties may include: contributing to shipboard documentation; representing the vessel and OER at internal and external meetings; writing and presenting papers at conferences related to EX operations.
Ship-Based Schedule: Hours worked will be based on a 12 hours on / 12 hours off shipboard schedule which allows for a compensation plan for hours exceeding 40 hours per week.
The project requires significant travel to foreign and domestic port locations and onboard the ship during expeditions. Homeport location : Davisville, RI with multiple foreign and domestic ports of call throughout the year. Two trips per year are anticipated to Silver Spring, MD, Narragansett, RI and Seattle, WA.
On Shore Duties:
The Physical Scientist (Hydrographer) will be based at the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IOCM) processing center located at Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) / Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping Center (CCOM) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and will rotate aboard the EX to support expeditions.
Shore based duties include but are not limited to: post-processing of EX data; providing support for EX operational planning including aid with cruise plans, staffing, budgeting and schedule estimates; develop advanced, nontraditional mapping products. Will support the OER EX Program Manager and the JHC / CCOM director to identify projects which are of mutual interest to OER and JHC / CCOM. Other mapping-centric duties may arise based upon opportunities and direction from the JHC staff supporting the processing center’s data management and archiving paradigms.
1 -5 years of relevant hydrographic or mapping experience with specialized experience including:
• General knowledge of hydrographic surveying and ocean exploration tools, operations and objectives.
• Ability to learn specific tasks related to data acquisition, data processing and product creation, specifically with multibeam sonar systems, preferably with Simrad equipment and software.
• Ability to apply analytical and evaluative methods used to gather, analyze, and evaluate information about organizational design and management processes.
• Data management experience and the ability to help create and maintain an efficient data processing pipeline and data network, conduct studies on programs involved in managing data, identify procedural problems using quantitative/qualitative methods to analyze findings and be able to make clear recommendations on system improvements.
• Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and possess strong interpersonal skills to enable working as part of operations and development teams.
• Experienced with word processing and spreadsheet software and database management.
• Experience with standard Windows computer operating systems is essential.
• Skill in using sonar processing software (such as Caris) and GIS software (Mapinfo or ArcInfo or IVS Fledermaus) are required.
• Experience in operating shipboard water sampling equipment and environment sensor technology and associated software, which includes but is not limited to, CTD, XBT, and thermosalinographs.
• Experience with ancillary equipment directly supporting multibeam sonars, such as heave/pitch/roll sensors and geographic position system units.
• Familiarity with UNH CCOM activities, capabilities and staff is preferred.
• Must be physically fit and medical qualified to spend 130 days at sea per year, and be familiar with shipboard routine on a research vessel.
US Citizenship or Permanent Residency is required.
BS that includes at least 24 semester hours in physical science, engineering, or mathematics and/or related technical discipline.
Submit cover letter and resume to ERT’s Career Opportunities Web Page at: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA8/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=ERT&cws=1
Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT)
ERT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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