Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The School of Oceanography promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (http://advance.washington.edu/).
The School of Oceanography fosters continued advancement of the ocean sciences, solutions to problems of societal relevance, and public awareness of the marine environment. It is at the forefront of creating knowledge and understanding about the ocean through observation, theory, modeling and technological innovation. The School focuses on learning and discovery, equipping students with knowledge and insights, scholarly methods, scientific tools and communication skills.
The many research activities of the School advance our knowledge of the oceans and contribute to the understanding of societal concerns. Research programs span small projects involving a faculty member and student, to large coordinated international thematic research efforts. The School occupies modern facilities located on the southwest edge of the University of Washington campus overlooking Portage Bay and operates the research vessel, R/V Thomas G. Thompson. Commissioned in 1991, this ocean-going research vessel is intended for use in sponsored oceanographic research projects by investigators from institutions around the country and can accommodate 36 scientists during cruises, which typically last 40-50 days, with an endurance of 12,000 miles and 60 days.
The School of Oceanography has an outstanding opportunity for MASTER, R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON, a global-class research vessel. RV Thompson (AGOR-23) is owned by the US Navy/Office of Naval Research and operated under a Charter Party agreement by the University of Washington, School of Oceanography. The ship is a key member of the U.S. Academic Research fleet and operated under the framework of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). The vessel is 274 ft (83.5 m) in length, 52.5 ft (16m) beam, and at full load has a draft of 19 ft (5.8m). The vessel has a gross registered tonnage of 3051 tons (3095 international tonnage) with a horsepower rating of 6000 HP (4474 Kw).
This position reports to the Port Captain and is responsible for managing the safe, legal, effective and efficient operation of the R/V Thompson. They must maintain the ship's operational readiness as a seagoing facility for marine science research and education. The position requires command-at-sea experience as well as experience with oceanographic research ship operations and the associated regulatory and budgetary constraints under which they are conducted.
Overall responsibility for all vessel operations, safety, crew welfare, vessel material readiness, and regulatory compliance.
Safe Navigation of the Vessel and Safe Operations:
Responsible and accountable for the safe navigation of the vessel at all times when aboard.
Supervise all bridge watches and ensure proper watchkeeping in accordance with best maritime practice, all applicable watchstander requirements, and high standards of professionalism that represent the University of Washington. Stand Bridge watches as required.
Control the vessel when docking, undocking, and during difficult or unusual navigational situations or operations. Instruct and supervise other deck officers in how to do the same
Direct training of officers and crew in accordance with ISM, Flag State, UW and science mission requirements.
Oversee, ensure compliance, and make recommendations for improvement to the vessel Safety Management Manual (SMM). This includes but is not limited to:
Provide daily operational reports and additional reports for any unusual events to the shoreside Marine Operations team including the Designated Person Ashore.
Lead monthly Safety Meetings.
Work closely with the Port Captain in creating policies for the ship and crew.
Regulatory and Environmental Compliance:
Conduct onboard drills and inspections to ensure the safety of the ship in accordance with USCG, ISM, ABS, UW and port state requirements.
Participate in shipboard inspections and surveys. These included: USCG Certificate of Inspection (annually), American Bureau of Shipping Classification surveys (annually) and MARPOL surveys (periodic), National Science Foundation inspections (every two years), and US Navy INSURV (every 5 years)
Ensure flag and port state requirements for documentation, inspection, Customs, Immigration, Homeland Security, and Agriculture are fully complied with.
Oversee the vessel’s environmental compliance program
Maintain currency with all applicable laws, regulations, treaties, CFRs, USCG-NVICs, etc., pertinent to basic duties listed above.
Supervision and Resource Management :
Provide supervision and leadership for a crew of twenty-one (21) [including the Master position]
Effectively delegate responsibility to Dept. Heads, with appropriate oversight while ensuring successful accomplishment of mission and vessel requirements.
Manage shipboard personnel including recommendations for promotion, scheduling, disciplinary action, and periodic evaluations in accordance with State guidelines.
Coordinate with vessel Department Heads to assess vessel's material condition and allocate personnel and material resources to maintain vessel in accordance with UW's and owner's requirements.
Successful Completion of Scientific Mission:
Participate in the cruise planning, logistics, and adapting specific project scientific goals to R/V Thompson’s unique capabilities.
Provide at sea leadership and safety oversight for up to thirty-eight (38) embarked personnel including technicians, scientists, and students.
Oversee shipboard operations and coordinate with principal investigators (PIs), scientists, students, and marine technicians to support science missions.
Manage shipboard administration including personnel, payroll submission, inventory control, purchase requests, petty cash fund, logs and records, operating reports, and radio communications.
Use and provide assistance in the support of a computerized inventory, maintenance, and management system.
Follow and audit University Marine Operations procedures and directives.
Operate the vessel within maintenance and consumables budgets and track expenditures following University procedures.
Compile work requests for shore-side repairs and support by vendors or shipyards and recommend and implement improvements to vessel operations.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelors of Science degree in maritime field, engineering, or earth sciences
10 years of seagoing experience as Deck Officer (OICNW)
Current USCG license as Master, Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans with Radar Observer (Unlimited) endorsement [Domestic]
STCW Certificate as Master with Advanced Firefighting, GMDSS Operator, and Medical PIC [International Convention]
Valid USCG Medical Certification
Valid TWIC card
Valid U.S. Passport
Ability to enter Canada
Experience with Dynamic Positioning Systems.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Prior command or Chief Mate experience in large (>60 meters/>1600 tons) research vessels.
Certification with Dynamic Positioning Systems (example: Nautical Institute Dynamic Position Operator)
Experience operating a Kongsberg K-POS dynamic positioning system for over-the-side operations
Completed Company/Vessel Security Officer training and certification.
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Excellent computer skills.
Conditions of Employment:
Ability to climb gangways, ladders, and negotiate passageways and decks as commonly found on vessels.
Travel by airline or vehicle to out-ports, some of which may be in foreign countries and in different climates.
Must be able to spend up to 7 months per year at sea as Master with deployments up to 4 months.
Must be available to attend to vessel requirements outside of normal work hours.
Candidate must achieve and maintain any USCG or University training or certification requirements for this position including those that may evolve through future governmental regulations or rules.
Candidate must pass a Department of Defense Facility security clearance background check.
Candidate must pass a chemical test for dangerous drugs in accordance with 46CFR4, 5 and 16.
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