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Research Associate

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Associate
Posting Title Research Associate
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)
Posting Number O00148FY17
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 Associate (IODP Title: Research Clearance and Permitting Specialist) is responsible for obtaining clearance of JOIDES Resolution operations in territorial waters, exclusive economic zones and the extended continental shelf waters through interaction with the U.S. State Department and appropriate government authorities. Ensures environmental evaluations for check shot surveys are generated and approved. Obtains other environmental studies or permitting as required. Ensures clearance for cabling and other seafloor hazards.

Major/Essential Duties of Job

Duty title: Research Clearance
Understand and stay up to date on all aspects of Law of the Sea as relates to marine scientific research. Review proposals for clearance issues. Generate and submit marine scientific applications, track progress, respond to embassy queries for additional information, and meet country requirements as required prior to expedition. Cultivate positive working relationship with JRSO Expedition Project Managers and primary contacts at the State Department.
Duty Title: Environmental Permitting
Track scheduled expeditions that plan check shot surveys (zero offset VSPs).
Develop schedule for soliciting quotes from vendor(s) and initiating work to produce environmental evaluations for VSPs. Obtain competitive bidding as required by JRSO administrative department. Track production, review draft and work with vendor to finalize report to NSF specifications. Distribute final approved version to expedition leadership and related supervisory personnel. Obtain environmental assessments for Antarctic Treaty requirements as directed by NSF. Obtain any other environmental permitting as required. Duty Title: Submarine Cable Clearance. Routinely have expedition site coordinates reviewed for proximity to cables and other seafloor hazards. May require negotiation with cable companies.

Occasional Duties

Assist Department Manager producing quarterly and annual reports. Produces maps as needed for any of the above and acts as another map making resource within the organization. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences or related field (e.g., Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Geography), plus two years of relevant experience (Master’s degree is equivalent to two years of experience).

Preferred Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Earth Sciences or related field

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

Working knowledge of standard computer and software applications. Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills. Must be detailed oriented, well organized, and work independently. Demonstrated ability to work professionally, harmoniously, and cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

GIS or other map-making skills are desirable. Knowledge of Law of Sea and/or Nagoya Protocol is helpful.

Other Requirements or Other Factors

Some international travel may be required so must be able to obtain and hold passport and international visas on a continuing basis.

Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you see this position advertised?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • HigherEd Jobs
    • Workplace Diversity
    • Work in Texas
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Job Fair
    • This Website
    • Other
  2. If you selected Other, please let us know where you saw the position advertised.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences or related field (e.g., Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Geography), plus two years of relevant experience (Master’s degree is equivalent to two years of experience)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have working knowledge of standard computer and software applications?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you able to obtain a valid passport and international travel visas on a continuing basis?
    • 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