Internal Job Number: P00971UF
The Ship Operations unit in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.
This Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) will serve as a member of the Marine Technician group primarily supporting the research portion of the University mission by performing sponsored research on the Research Vessel (R/V) Oceanus, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences' 185 foot research vessel, and the United States Coast Guard Arctic Vessels (USCGC Healy, USCGC Polar Star), conducting research on shore and at sea. This FRA must possess varied skills and the ability to be flexible, as well as being able to work and make decisions independently. This FRA performs tasks critical to the success of scientific programs at sea; interacts with and directs the activities of students, technicians, faculty and classified employees; and oversees the data collection. This FRA contributes developmental technical support for the Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) program, which is an effort within OSU that is currently designing and constructing the next class of oceangoing research vessel for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The primary responsibility of this FRA Marine Technician position is to ensure the data collected from the shared use equipment pool of the R/V Oceanus and the USCGC Healy is of the highest quality, has received proper quality control, and is disseminated to the principle investigators (PIs) for use in peer reviewed publications and presentations. Contributions to the accurate collection of data is essential.
This FRA handles pre-cruise, at sea, and post-cruise duties in preparation for scientific research programs performed at sea. The ability to become recognized as a champion of OSU's marine technological operational systems, with exemplary knowledge of current and historical configurations, troubleshooting and repair on the bench or in the field, is vital to the success of the program. A successful FRA can expect an evolving role with the potential to grow to a higher level position with increased responsibilities.
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is an internationally recognized leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and three oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus, the 84-foot coastal research vessel Pacific Storm, and the 54-foot coastal research vessel Elakha. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has more than 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a M.S. degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with several minors and certificate programs.
Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):
Requires Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to the field in which research is being conducted.
Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Science, Engineering, Oceanography, Electronics, or a related field.
Strong electronics skills with 2+ years experience.
Strong computer skills with 2+ years experience.
Demonstrated ability to work well within a technical team environment.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proven ability to appropriately scale and apply formal and informal troubleshooting methodologies.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and make on the spot decisions.
Demonstrated ability to deal with diverse groups of scientists and crew on board a ship.
Must not be incapacitated by seasickness.
Willingness and ability to spend up to 120 days per year at sea.
Ability to work aloft and in confined spaces.
Must possess a valid passport at time of employment.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.
Required to work from various research ships in oceanic environments. Works and resides in confined spaces containing hazardous chemicals, and works in or over water. Physical requirements also include the ability to lift/carry/push/pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasionally operates passenger vehicle, utility cart, forklift, heavy machinery, winches and cranes, boats, vessels, and other vehicles. Works in construction zones. Works directly with non-restricted chemicals in a non‐lab setting. Works with lift equipment and on elevated surfaces. Exposure to high noise levels. Uses a respirator or dust mask. Some of the work takes place on a moving platform, therefore, safety is of utmost importance. Safety procedures are common to all research ships and are followed as explained by the Captain and crew of each ship at the start of and during each voyage.
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Additional Salary Information: $50,000-$70,000