Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant/Research Associate to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular full-time position, and is eligible for benefits.
This research professional will work closely to maintain operational oceanographic and meteorological instrumentation for on-going long-term monitoring studies as well as shorter term process studies. This position will organize and carry out field deployments of sensors and sensing systems at remote land-based sites/offshore fixed structures, onboard oceanographic research vessels, and analyze data from field sensors to produce curated data products.
The internal working titles for this position could be either Research Assistant III, Research Associate I or Research Associate II . The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience.
Research Assistant III
Prepare oceanographic and meteorological instruments for field deployments
Coordinate and participate in field operations, including operations at land-based sites and fixed offshore structures in addition to at sea ship-based sampling
Organizes,interprets,andsummarizesacquireddatausingscientificandstatisticaltechniques via computer-based analysis programs
Assist in preparation of proposals, manuscripts or other documents for publication and/or presentation
Research Associate I
Analyzes field and laboratory experiments using prescribed techniques; may utilize and/or modify computer analysis tool
Organizes disparate components of research projects, including sensor setup and deployment, equipment uses and maintenance, and data acquisition and processing
Provides creative suggestions regarding adaptations or modifications to standard research and laboratory methods
Participates in the preparation of scientific articles, reports or documentation of methods and procedures
Calibrates, prepares, and maintains laboratory and scientific equipment, and carries out statistical analyses or other investigative techniques as needed
High level of research/experimental project oversight
As deemed necessary by supervisor
Education & Experience
Research Assistant III
Bachelor'sdegreeinrelatedfieldplusthreeyears'relatedexperience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in the set up and deployment of oceanographic instruments, including previous experience setting up, deploying, and recovering sensors
Previous research cruise and/or field experience in a physical oceanographic or related marine science field
Coding and/or data analysis skills in Matlab, Python, or equivalent; Unix shell scripting and system administrator abilities
Organize, interpret, and summarize acquired data using scientific and statistical techniques including computer programs
Research Associate I
Bachelors degree in a specifically related field with minimal experience, or evidence of appropriate skills gained through experience in the absence of a formal degree
Evidence of prior experience performing data quality control and the production of data products
Research Associate II
Master's degree in a specifically related field with relevant experience
Bachelor's degree in a related field with several years of relevant experience that demonstrate competency at a Research Associate I or higher
Progressive independence and skill development as a Research Assistant III, or Senior Research Assistant levels or equivalent positions on the other technical ladders, or equivalent experience in the absence of a formal degree
Must be able to climb ladders to access instruments at field sites
Must have viable drivers license
Physicalduties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to liftless than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day;carry 10-25 lbs,2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability todistinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse).Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards.Physicalduties are subject to change.
This position requires the participation in occasional trips 1-3 day trips onboard research vessels as well as to remote land-based field sites.
Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. 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.
Internal Number: 2020-1273
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.Please visit https://careers.whoi.edu for a listing of all of our openings and apply today!