Ocean Career: Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Associate to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.

The Physical Oceanography Department is in need of sea-going support (fieldwork), data processing and scientific analysis.

The internal title for this position is Research Associate III.

Essential Functions

  • With little supervision, works creatively and independently to establish objectives, meet deadlines, and complete difficult assignments
  • Exercises independent judgment and creativity in making adaptations or modifications to standard research and data manipulation methods

Shore-based responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Data processing: acoustic Doppler current profilers (moored, shipboard, lowered); single-point current meters; pressure gauges; ice profiling sonars
  • Programming in different software environments (e.g. MATLAB)
  • Cruise preparation: instrument preparation; calibrations; cruise logistics/coordination
  • Assists as needed in the preparation of scientific publications and research proposals

At-sea responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and process shipboard acoustic Doppler current profiler data
  • Operating/calibrating conductivity-temperature-depth data
  • Mooring work (scientific instrumentation, deck work, deploying ice-tethered profilers)

Education & Experience

  • Masters degree in a related field with several years of relevant experience, or Bachelor's in a related field with more than five years of experience.
  • Calibrating and processing various types of oceanographic data
  • Familiarity with an array of scientific instrumentation
  • Programming in MATLAB, familiarity with Windows and Linux
  • Experience at sea with deployment/recovery of gear and data collection from shipboard systems
  • Managing cruise logistics

Special Requirements

  • Drives WHOI vehicle

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift and carry 25-50 lbs independently (potentially multiple times per day). Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish 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. This position can be exposed to excessive cold, heat or humidity. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. 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.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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