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Research Specialist III

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Specialist III
Posting Title Research Specialist III
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)
Department INTERNATIONAL OCEAN DISCOVERY PROGRAM / 02-137500C
Posting Number O00070FY17
Salary Commensurate
Pay Basis Annually
Job Close Date
Geographic Location College Station
Budget Type Budgeted/Benefits - Full-Time
Is this position restricted by the Patriot Act? No
Is this position D.O.T. regulated? No
EEO AA Statement

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

The Research Specialist III (IODP Title: Curator), under general direction is responsible for promoting the use of the IODP core collections and to conserve the core collection for future use per the IODP Sample, Data, and Obligations policy.

Major/Essential Duties of Job

• Oversee use of JRSO core and sample collections at the Gulf Coast Repository (GCR) and on the JOIDES Resolution. Review, along with the Shipboard Curatorial Specialists, all JRSO expedition requests, and provide scientific instruction and guidance to the Shipboard Curatorial Specialists for their role on the Expedition Sample Allocation Committee (SAC) pre-cruise and during each cruise.

• Serve on Expedition SAC post-cruise, during expedition moratoria, and review for approval, along with other members of each JRSO Expedition’s SAC, all moratorium requests for core and sample collections at the GCR, BCR and KCC. Provide instructions and scientific and technical guidance to each repository on fulfilling approved moratorium requests.

•Review for approval all post-moratorium requests for use of core and materials at the GCR. Communicate with requesters to resolve any issues with their requests. Provide instructions and scientific and technical guidance to GCR staff on fulfilling approved requests. Communicate and coordinate approval and sampling of multi-repository post-moratorium requests with Bremen Core Repository (BCR) and Kochi Core Center (KCC).

•Review all JRSO sample/data requests (excluding post-moratorium requests of JR cores at BCR and KCC) for fulfillment of publication obligations.

•Create the permanent archive lists for each JRSO IODP site.

•Oversee the IODP Gulf Coast Repository. Supervise/coordinate curation staff in sampling and managing the GCR core colleciton.

•Develop innovative uses of core collection and repository.

•Coordinate Education and outreach visits in the GCR.

•Plan for and develop long-term core storage requirements.

•Responsible for shorebased sampling parties.

•Oversee JRSO XRF scanning facility. Supervise/coordinate curation staff in scheduling, measuring and data management for JRSO expedition XRF scanning projects.

Occasional Duties

Provides research expertise. Compiles, analyzes, interprets, and reviews data and metadata. Collects samples, performs analysis on samples, and extracts measurement data from experiments. Implements and maintains data collection and summarization of field trials. Performs analysis and tests. Makes and records observations and scientific measurement. Develops and maintains training materials for external users. Trains students or others in laboratory and field research and methods. Audits protocols. May attend local, national, and international meetings. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 8 years’ related experience.
*Master’s degree is equivalent to two years of experience

Preferred Education and Experience

PhD or graduate certification or degree in Earth Science or relevant field. Eight years of relevant Earth Science experience and at least three years of curation experience.

Demonstrated experience in a supervisory/management position, including experience with financial, programmatic, reporting, and personnel management.

Project management, business, personnel management, curation experience, familiarity with IODP core repositories and curation policies

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

Obtain and hold a passport and appropriate travel visas on a continuing basis.

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations
Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Working knowledge of operation of geologic core repositories. Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills. Diplomatic skills in managing issues of concern to the international science community. Ability to promote core collection and its utility.

Working knowledge of standard office computer hardware and software applications. Must be detail oriented and have the ability to successfully organize tasks and prioritize work. Demonstrated ability to work professionally and harmoniously with others. Be able to work independently. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Other Requirements or Other Factors

This position may be required to sail. Seagoing employees must pass a new employee seagoing physical exam and annual seagoing physical exams. This position will not sail routinely but may be required to stand in if needed, and may be required to be at sea on 2-month expeditions.

Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you see this position advertised?
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  2. If you selected Other, please let us know where you saw the position advertised.

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  3. * Are you able to obtain and hold a passport and appropriate travel visas on a continuing basis?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * This position may be required to sail. Seagoing employees must pass a new employee seagoing physical exam and annual seagoing physical exams. This position will not sail routinely but may be required to stand in if needed, and may be required to be at sea on 2-month expeditions. Do you acknowledge and able to meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have working knowledge of operation of geologic core repositories?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have diplomatic skills in managing issues of concern to the international science community and ability to promote are collection and its utility?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree and eight (8) years of related experience (Master's degree is equivalent to two years of experience)?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Transcript
  3. Other Document 1
  4. Other Document 2
  5. Other Document 3