The IODP Research Associate is accountable for carrying out duties in support of Technical & Analytical Services Department of the International Ocean Discovery Program. Under the direction of the supervisor (on shore) and the Laboratory Officer [LO] and Assistant Laboratory Officer [ALO] (on board), provides basic technical support in the shipboard core laboratory and assists in other laboratories as assigned. The Research Associate provides technical support in the core laboratory and/or their assigned laboratory.
Required Education and Experience:
2 years in a relevant field or Masterâ™s degree is equivalent to two years of experience
Required Licenses and Certifications:
Obtain and hold a passport and appropriate visas on a continuing basis.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Demonstrated ability to work professionally, and harmoniously with others.
Working knowledge of standard computer and software applications.
Excellent interpersonal skills as well as both oral and written communication skills.
Must be detail oriented and have the ability to successfully organize tasks and prioritize work.
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
This position is required to sail. Seagoing employees must pass a new employee physical exam and annual physical exams.
Employees will be working in the shipboard laboratories as well as outside on deck. Could require working in extreme environments and under conditions of ship motion and vibration.
This is a physically demanding position that requires moving cores and other heavy items (up to 60 lbs.) on a moving ship and working in an environment with exposure to noise, dust, and potential allergens.
Employee shifts at sea are on a 12 hour a day, 7 day a week basis for approximately two months for each expedition. The position requires as much as six months at sea per year. The expected crew rotation is one expedition on, one expedition off, and expeditions are routinely (but not exclusively) two months long.
Seagoing technicians may be required to report for shore-based duty at IODP headquarters in between expeditions, or may work on a seagoing-only basis, depending on the departmentâ™s needs and requirements; this status will be determined during the hiring process.
NOTE: The position may be shore-based or shipboard only. Duty percentages will be reassigned with no shore component if the employee is hired as shipboard-only.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelorâ™s degree in a science or engineering field.
Graduate degree in a relevant field.
Prior seagoing experience is preferred; IODP experience is highly preferred.
Basic familiarity with laboratory techniques and laboratory safety.
Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Background in the geological and/or oceanographic sciences.
Knowledge and use of databases, scientific software, and/or computer-aided design.
Knowledge and experience in working with tools (i.e., good mechanical and/or electronics skills).
Experience in design, construction, installation, or operation of scientific equipment and laboratory instrumentation.
Learn to calibrate, operate, maintain, and upgrade lab equipment and software for assigned lab/task.
Control inventory and supplies for assigned lab.
Process and handle scientific data for assigned lab/task.
Cooperate and work closely with scientists to optimize science.
Maintain and develop the lab manuals and other documentation.
Follow and promote laboratory specific safety practice.
Communicate with shore based support as necessary.
Under the direction of a more senior staff member, process and handle cores and take samples as they are received on the core platform.
Label and scribe cores and enter scientific date into the IODP database.
Split, box, move, and store cores.
Keep core lab and/or assigned lab clean.
Practice and promote safety in core handling.
Provide shore based support for seagoing expeditions.
Provide support for shore based labs.
Participate in project teams to develop new laboratory instrumentation.
Participate in test groups for new software applications and hardware.
Develop new laboratory documentation.
Practice and promote safety in all activities.
Coordinate with off-going Marine Lab Specialists to learn about any ongoing problems or deficiencies and check the overall status of assigned lab/task.
Attend cross over meetings. Off load and on load shipments from/to the ship. Unpack and distribute all items from oncoming shipments to respective labs and storerooms. Practice and promote safety during portcall duties.
Provide assistance and promote cooperation within and among the diverse international community.
Be familiar with, comply with, and administer all IODP, TAMU, TAMRF, state, and federal policies that pertain to department.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
It is highly recommended that candidates attach a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references
Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.
Internal Number: R-010787
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