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Research Specialist II

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Duties consist of sitting at a computer or desk 40 – 50% of the time. The other 50 – 60% involves walking, standing, crawling, climbing, stooping, and kneeling; handling cores (stocking/retrieving/sampling/climbing ladders); exposure to mold on cores; working in refrigerated and freezer core storage units; handling tools and equipment; moving/boxing/shipping samples, supplies, and equipment; handling chemicals; liquid nitrogen, and methane filled pressure vessels; installing and/or repairing equipment; researching information in books; carrying books, folders, and supplies (medium to heavy weight objects); attending meetings. Seagoing Physical Requirements: The duties of this position involve fine motor skills for delicate tasks and strenuous physical activity, including moving, lifting and carrying medium to heavy weight objects, reaching, bending and maintaining balance on a moving ship; working under confined conditions on the ship, exposed to noise, vibration, potential allergens, and with occasional exposure to outdoor, extreme environments.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Specialist II
Posting Title Research Specialist II
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)
Department INTERNATIONAL OCEAN DISCOVERY PROGRAM / 02-137500C
Posting Number O00129FY17
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 II (IODP Title: Superintendent, Gulf Coast Repository)
duties are designed to fulfill and support IODP’s Curation’s role. The Research Specialist II is responsible for managing repository facilities and curating all core, samples, residues, and special collections to ensure scientific utility and integrity, according to guidelines established by IODP. Enforce IODP sampling policy, fill sample requests, prepare budgets and support IODP education and public relations initiatives.

Major/Essential Duties of Job

In collaboration with Curator on the development of the IODP curation system(s) for the core samples collected via the riserless vessel, working in collaboration with other IODP departments, and other IODP repositories. In collaboration with the Curator, and coordinate the efforts of GCR staff and students to facilitate and execute shore-based sampling parties. Enforce guidelines and procedures for staff and scientific community to follow in archiving and sampling core by working with Curator to resolve problems with sample requests. Manage acquisition and maintenance and repair of all equipment needed to carry out required tasks. Ensure staff and visitors are trained in the use of the equipment and use appropriate PPE. Supervise sea-going and shore-based Research Associates and Student Workers needed to carry out the requirements of the repository and curatorial duties aboard the JOIDES Resolution. Provide training for new employees, and student workers; establish work guidelines. Maintain a GCR calendar of visits and events, establishing curation standards, resolve problems with sample requests, track and purchase all of the GCR inventory, equipment, and supplies. Assist with Curator’s duties in his/her absence.

Occasional Duties

Be fully versed and trained in the use of the XRF instrumentation , core MST and imaging track in order to substitute in XRF technician in his/her absence. Ensure curatorial documentation such as the “Curatorial Cookbook” are kept current, up to date, and readily available. Work with Curator and educators to develop educational uses of cores. Sail on the riserless drilling vessel as a staff member; carry out duties of shipboard curator, as needed. Attend port calls, as needed. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s and 6 years’ related experience. Master’s degree is equivalent to two years of experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a field of science with equivalent work experience. Three years of experience in core processing, curation, and sampling techniques. Supervisory/management experience, including experience with financial, programmatic, and personnel management. Participation in research cruises, preferably handling tasks related to curation. Familiarity with IODP core repositories and curation policies.

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

Ability to obtain passport and international travel visas on a continuing basis.

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

Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Must be detail oriented and have the ability to successfully organize tasks, multi-task and prioritize work. Strong organizational skills, strong communication skills, and proficiency in English. Working knowledge of standard computer PC and/or Macintosh hardware, as well as software applications and database applications. Excellent communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Demonstrated ability to work professionally, harmoniously and cooperatively with others. Be able to work independently. Working knowledge of the operation of geologic core repositories. Background in oceanographic sciences. Experience with scientific ocean drilling. Database management system usage.

Other Requirements or Other Factors

This position may be required to sail. Seagoing employees must pass a new employee physical exam and annual physical exam. Duties consist of sitting at a computer or desk 40 – 50% of the time. The other 50 – 60% involves walking, standing, crawling, climbing, stooping, and kneeling; handling cores (stocking/retrieving/sampling/climbing ladders); exposure to mold on cores; working in refrigerated and freezer core storage units; handling tools and equipment; moving/boxing/shipping samples, supplies, and equipment; handling chemicals; liquid nitrogen, and methane filled pressure vessels; installing and/or repairing equipment; researching information in books; carrying books, folders, and supplies (medium to heavy weight objects); attending meetings. Seagoing Physical Requirements: The duties of this position involve fine motor skills for delicate tasks and strenuous physical activity, including moving, lifting and carrying medium to heavy weight objects, reaching, bending and maintaining balance on a moving ship; working under confined conditions on the ship, exposed to noise, vibration, potential allergens, and with occasional exposure to outdoor, extreme environments.

Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you see this position advertised?
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  3. * Do you have a Bachelor’s and 6 years’ related experience? Master’s degree is equivalent to two years of experience.
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you able to obtain a valid passport and international travel visas on a continuing basis?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you proficient in English?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a working knowledge of standard computer PC and/or Macintosh hardware, as well as software applications and database applications?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * This position may be required to sail and seagoing employees must pass a new employee physical exam and annual physical exam. Are you willing and able to meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * This position requires the following: walking, standing, crawling, climbing, stooping, and kneeling; handling cores (stocking/retrieving/sampling/climbing ladders); exposure to mold on cores; working in refrigerated and freezer core storage units; handling tools and equipment; moving/boxing/shipping samples, supplies, and equipment; handling chemicals; liquid nitrogen, and methane filled pressure vessels; installing and/or repairing equipment; researching information in books; carrying books, folders, and supplies (medium to heavy weight objects); attending meetings. Are you willing and able to meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * This position requires the following Seagoing Physical Requirements: The duties of this position involve fine motor skills for delicate tasks and strenuous physical activity, including moving, lifting and carrying medium to heavy weight objects, reaching, bending and maintaining balance on a moving ship; working under confined conditions on the ship, exposed to noise, vibration, potential allergens, and with occasional exposure to outdoor, extreme environments. Are you willing and able to meet these requirements?
    • 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