Posting Number S07022P
Working Title RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL III
Department VPR-Skidaway Inst Oceanography
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About the College/Unit/Department
The University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a
multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus on
Skidaway Island. The Institute's primary goals are to further understanding of
marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and
coastal systems, and train tomorrow's scientists. Our campus is also a host to
Georgia Southern University's Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray's Reef
National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia's Marine Education Center
and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy.
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is also home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V
Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University
National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.
College/Unit/Department website www. skio.uga.edu
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time Part Time
Additional Schedule Information
Monday – Friday, occasional weekends as necessary.
Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date 10/05/2021
Open until filled No
Closing Date 10/12/2021
Proposed Starting Date 10/26/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants
Location of Vacancy Savannah Area
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Classification Title Research Professional AD
Job Family Research And Lab
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your
Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of
the required minimum qualifications.
This position will work closely with Principal Investigator to conduct field
research in physical oceanography using autonomous underwater vehicles
(AUVs). Responsibilities will include but not limited to managing, planning,
and conducting glider operations, as well as assistance with
deployment/retrieval/software usage of other instrumentation, including but
not limited to high frequency radar (HF radar), ADCPs, CTDs, and acoustic
release systems. Knowledge and experience with hardware and software aspects
of radar and in-water instrumentation is crucial.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course
work in a related field, master's degree preferred.
Extensive knowledge and experience with SLOCUM Gliders including but not
limited to oceanographic operations, technical components, and
Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation communications components and internet
data transfer difficulties.
Ability to understand and interpret scientific information (data and
Knowledge of in-water instrumentation and software, including but not limited
to ADCPs, CTDs, and acoustic release systems.
Capable of sea-going activities related to coastal oceanographic data
collection and mooring deployment/recovery.
Ability to communicate with deployment site managers, sponsoring agencies, and
the general public.
Planning and organization skills.
Experience planning and supervising field operations (preferred).
Experience with Matlab and data analysis (preferred).
Experience with Linux Operating Systems and shell programming (preferred).
Sitting and/or standing for long periods of time;
Operate in a variety of conditions, climate controlled and outdoor
environments as needed based on operations scheduled.
Deploying and recovering gliders and other in-water instrumentation.
Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes
Is this a Position of Trust? No
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age
of 18 or direct patient care? No
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security,
personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)
Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial
responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria,
visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.
Schedule Planning and preparation, laboratory testing, deployment, and
recovery of gliders and other AUVs.
Training and supervising glider pilots, developing and updating training
materials as needed.
Performing technical field and/or laboratory tasks as needed for marine,
coastal and environmental research projects, following accepted institution
Assist with permitting, installation, operation, and maintenance of HF-radar
surface current measurement systems and in-water instrumentation.
Supervision of other Research Professionals, undergraduate and graduate
students within Dr. Edwards' laboratory.
Percentage of time 60
Edit and maintain organized records of missions conducted, data collected, and
standard operating procedures followed, with regular reporting to appropriate
Evaluate data and assist in writing reports analyzing results.
Operate vehicles and laboratory equipment in a safe, technically correct
Percentage of time 25
Assemble and maintain equipment and supplies.
Follow standardized research protocols with minimal supervision.
Other duties as assigned and appropriate.
Percentage of time 15
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Do you have experience in computer programming (fortran, matlab, etc.)? If so, briefly describe this experience.
(Open Ended Question)
Do you have supervisory experience?
Do you have a valid Driver's license?