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Research Specialist I
Company: Texas A&M
Location: College Station, TX
Job Schedule: Full-time
Published In: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Published On: 09/09/2019

Job Title
Research Specialist I

Agency
Texas A&M University

Department
Oceanography

Proposed Minimum Salary
Commensurate

Job Location
College Station, Texas

Job Type
Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .

Who we are

The Department of Oceanography is one of several departments in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The Department of Oceanography is part of an alliance of Ocean Sciences at Texas A&M that spans the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences Departments at TAMU Galveston, GERG, IODP, and Texas SeaGrant. This alliance of Ocean Sciences represents a truly unique concentration of educational and research resources. Our educational and research capacity is greatly enhanced by close ties to the College Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Geology & Geophysics, as well as the Berg Hughes Center and Texas Center for Climate Studies.

What we want

The Research Specialist I, under general supervision performs semi-skilled, technical support research work involving performance of assignments requiring modification and adaptation to routine procedures. Work is performed under general supervision with evaluation based on the successful completion of tasks assigned. We need an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. If the above description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

Required Education and Experience:
  • Appropriate Bachelor's Degree
  • A minimum of four years related professional experience in glider mission planning, deployment, piloting, recovery and data management


Required Licenses and Certifications:
  • US Citizenship is required to access Federal office building and military bases to attend business meetings.
  • A US state driver's license and the ability to use and drive rental cars to/from workshops and meetings required
  • Must obtain a US passport within 3 months of employment


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent communication skills both in written and oral format in English.
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel outside of the state to attend and present at meetings, workshops, and conferences
  • Familiarity with web development software and tools
  • Skilled in using social media and collaborative communication tools
  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others


Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Master's Degree in Oceanography, Ocean Engineering, Engineering or Information Technology
  • Experience with multiple manufacturers of underwater gliders and sensor packages
  • E x per i e n c e with o c ean o b s er v i n g syst e m instruments and sensors
  • Experience in national or international glider groups


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability t o work acr o s s d i v e r s e s e c t o r s of marine sciences

  • Ability to work remotely and effectively with nationally - d i s tri b uted t e c hn i c al team co-workers


Responsibilities:
  • Coordination and development of the Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) including meetings, webinars, an interactive website and other communication avenues identified by the user community. Inform GCOOS executive director (ED) of project(s) progress and any concerns about completion on a regular (a minimum of monthly) basis.
  • Coordinate steering team international and US participants, scientists, glider operators, data users, and early career professionals
  • Coordination of activities and projects as identified by UG2 community or steering team
  • Augment communications and highlight successes via website and consider interactive tools like Slack, Twitter, etc.
  • Develop robust e-mail list (including the operations and maintenance)
  • Coordinate with glider teams throughout the US to identify collaborative opportunities, successes, and lessons-learned
  • Develop & promote efforts to better connect the community
  • Research recommended communications methods and platforms to keep community connected and engaged
  • Implement identified communication platforms.
  • Coordinate glider community activities at at existing meetings, conferences, workshops, and events.
  • Assist working groups with addressing common technical challenges associated with gliders, primarily through the development of a listserv
  • Coordinate development of glider best practices white paper
  • Coordinate data management activities as necessary
  • Strengthen partnership with international bodies including EGO and Ocean Gliders
  • Communicate UG2 actions and implementation plans to IOOS Program office and GCOOS ED in monthly teleconferences.
  • CENOTE (Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2019) established a strategic partnership with the US Navy concerning unmanned systems development, transition and training.
  • Participate in CENOTE meetings at NOAA/IOOS/Navy request.
  • Communicate CENOTE actions and implementation plans to IOOS Program office and GCOOS ED in monthly teleconferences.
  • Attend meetings representing the GCOOS RA as directed by the GCOOS ED and/or Executive Committee.
  • Conduct in person meetings with GCOOS Board members in the Gulfport/Stennis Space Center area on a quarterly basis. Performs other duties as assigned.


Special Instructions: A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor) are strongly recommended. You may upload all three on the application under CV/Resume or upon answering the questionnaire you may attach the documents.

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.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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