Bernardo Vargas-Angel bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov
Tue Jun 5 05:59:59 EDT 2012

Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. Regular, Full-Time,
RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth
Science and Technology (SOEST), Joint Institute for Marine and
Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), located at the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in
Honolulu, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon
program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and
availability of funds. MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY: $4,935/Mon. DUTIES:
Works with the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division’s (CRED)
multidisciplinary program to enhance the statistical and analytical
capacity of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division to publish and present
past and future results from ecological marine studies across the
Pacific Islands region. Leads efforts to evaluate, coordinate, and
improve project’s integrated assessment and long-term monitoring
program such that statistically sound findings and strategic advice
can be provided to marine resource managers. Designs, expands,
implements, and improves sampling methodologies, survey protocols, and
field experiments which facilitate statistically valid analyses of
field observations and timely production of presentations, reports,
and publications. Serves as the Lead for the Benthic Team providing
guidance and supervision to the overall team and develops,
establishes, and monitors work plans and team objectives and assists
the CRED Chief with strategic scientific advice and identifying
research priorities and direction. Evaluates, compiles, processes,
integrates, summarizes, and analyzes interdisciplinary data from
marine ecosystem research surveys into management-relevant products.
Designs, develops, tests, implements and documents state-of-the-art
statistical methods that are appropriate for interdisciplinary and
multi-scale data analyses and integration. Conducts analyses involving
multivariate statistics, spatial statistics, ecological modelling and
simulation, spectral analysis, and other quantitative techniques
relating to statistical power and change detection. Integrates
research findings and summaries into project’s interdisciplinary
context, and prepares and submits manuscripts for publication in
technical reports and refereed scientific literature, as well as makes
presentations to professional/scientific bodies and educational
venues, both nationally and internationally. Prepares and delivers
presentations as part of the PIFSC coral reef ecosystem education and
outreach efforts. Participates in research cruises. PRIMARY
QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: Ph.D. from an accredited college or
university in the field of Quantitative Ecology, Statistics, Marine
Biology, Zoology, Botany, Biology, or other relevant discipline.
(Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university and five (5)
years of relevant work experience in quantitative ecology with a
publication record in one of the above field may be substituted for a
Ph.D. Degree). EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5) years of experience
with independent quantitative marine or terrestrial ecological
research utilizing state-of-the-art statistical procedures for
multi-disciplinary spatial data. Three to five (3-5) years of
experience with the design and implementation of an integrated
ecosystem assessment and monitoring program, and with quantitative
field survey methodologies. One to three (1-3) years of supervisory
experience supervising scientific staff and technicians. Experience
with carrying ecological research projects to completion and
publishing results, including first authorship on at least two
peer-reviewed journal articles. Experience working on
interdisciplinary research teams. Experience coordinating with partner
agencies concerned with research, conservation, and management of
ecosystems. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of sampling theory,
experimental design, spatial statistics, population dynamics,
ecological modelling/simulation and other advanced statistical
procedures for data analyses. Working knowledge of large and complex
relational database management systems, and data integration
techniques. Working knowledge of biological, physical, and ecological
processes, particularly in marine ecosystems. Knowledge and
understanding of priciples and practices in the fields of
biometrics, community ecology, population biology, conservation
biology, landscape ecology, and natural resource management.
Proficiency with R, S-Plus, PRIMER, SAS, Matlab, and/or other advanced
statistical software packages. Proficiency with using advanced
statistical and analytical procedures including multivariate analysis,
spatial analysis, ecological modelling and simulation, spectral
analysis, and other quantitative techniques relating to statistical
power and change detection. Ability to coordinate the integration and
management of large and complex relational databases and spatial
databases. Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
applications. Proficiency with basic office productivity software
tools (word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software). Must
possess excellent written and verbal communication skills to write
scientific manuscripts and technical reports, and to make
presentations that are suitable for a range of audiences. Must possess
strong interpersonal skills to work with principal investigators,
researchers, resource managers, and administrators. Ability to provide
supervision and guidance to scientific and technical staff with
various levels of education and experiences. Ability to work and make
decisions independently and to meet programmatic requirements within
schedule and budgetary constraints. Ability to independently plan,
implement, and manage projects. Must possess a valid driver’s license
to assist with transporting equipment and gear. Must be able to pass
all training requirements, including but not limited to basic boating,
first aid, CPR, and oxygen assistance. Other training requirements may
include advanced coxswain training, advanced first aid, and forklift
training. Must be SCUBA certified (NAUI, PADI, etc.) to meet the
standards established by the program’s diver certification process
(which meets the standards set by the American Academy of Underwater
Science). Must be able to complete UH/NOAA diving certification, which
includes meeting the physical, watermanship, academic, and experience
requirements. Must be able to complete SCUBA diving advanced open
water certification with a minimum of forty (40) dives and possess
good free diving skills. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must meet
the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration security requirements for working in a federal
facility, which includes being fingerprinted and having a federal
background, check performed. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be
able to obtain NOAA Medical Clearance for embarking/working on NOAA
research vessels or other appropriate vessels which includes providing
proof of required immunizations and/or obtaining the necessary
immunizations as required by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations.
Ability to work for long hours, outdoors at various captive facilities
and remote locations with high exposure to sunlight, aboard research
vessels and aboard small boats (15-20’) in coastal and oceanic waters.
Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds of scientific instruments,
scuba gear and equipment SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with
underwater ecological survey methodologies. Experience with scientific
SCUBA diving. Experience at-sea aboard large research or fisheries
vessels for extended periods. Experience with marine ecosystems,
particularly coral reef ecosystems. Familiarity with coral reef
ecosystem organisms, particularly Indo-Pacific species. Experience in
supervising Post-Doc and PhD level staff and developing program
objectives. Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS 9. Experience with
programming and scripting languages. Experience with the design and
development of relational databases and spatial databases. Knowledge
of U.S. marine resource management policies, including management
strategies for coral reef ecosystems. INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza
956-5018 (Oahu). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com,
click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job
Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following
documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter,
2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of
Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s) All online applications must be
submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard
Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not
have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may
send additional documents to rcuhhr at rcuh.com. If you have questions on
the application process and/or need assistance, please call
(808)956-3100. CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2012. EEO/AA Employer.

Bernardo Vargas-Ángel
Coral Ecologist & Benthic Team Lead
NOAA Pacific Fisheries Science Center
Coral Reef Ecosystem Division
1125B Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-983-3723; Fax: 808-983-3730

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