[Coral-List] JIMAR PIFSC Coral Reef Researcher

Bernardo Vargas Angel bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov
Thu May 17 15:55:45 EDT 2012

Dear listers

*JIMAR PIFSC CORAL REEF RESEARCHER -- ID# 12237. *Joint Institute for 
Marine and Atmospheric Research. (2) 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, availability of funds, and compliance 
with applicable Federal/State laws.
*MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY: *$4,311/Mon. *DUTIES:*  Conducts analysis of 
survey data to improve understanding of coral reef ecosystems in U.S. 
Pacific Islands. Implements underwater visual survey programs to assess 
and monitor coral reef communities and benthic habitats. Applies data 
management and advanced statistical techniques to analyze coral reef and 
related benthic ecological data. Prepares technical reports and 
scientific manuscripts summarizing results of these analyses, and 
presents findings at national and international meetings. Works closely 
with partners in local jurisdictions and research institutions to build 
strong collaborative relationships. Provides assistance with management 
of the CRED including proposal writing, administrative functions, and 
supervision of personnel.
*PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS:  EDUCATION: *Ph.D. degree from an accredited 
college or university in Marine Ecology, Zoology, Marine Biology, 
Fishery Science, or related field involving studies of coral reef fish 
ecology. (A Master's Degree in Marine Ecology, Zoology, Marine Biology 
or Fishery Science and five (5) years of relevant work experience in 
coral reef fish ecology may be substituted for a Ph.D. degree.) 
*EXPERIENCE: *Three to five (3-5) years of experience in coral reef 
ecosystem research including projects utilizing underwater coral reef 
census survey methodologies.  One to three (1-3) years of experience 
with the design and implementation of integrated ecosystem assessment 
and monitoring, and with quantitative field survey methodologies. 
Experience training and leading field survey teams for ecological 
studies.  Experience managing and analyzing large complex databases and 
in using advanced statistical procedures. Experience with carrying 
ecological research projects to completion and publishing results, 
including first authorship on at least two peer-reviewed journal 
articles.  Experience producing technical reports and successful funding 
proposals. Experience working on interdisciplinary research teams.  
Experience coordinating with partner agencies concerned with research, 
conservation, and management of ecosystems.  Experience at-sea aboard 
large research or fisheries vessels for extended period. 
*ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:*  Working knowledge of sampling theory, experimental 
design, spatial statistics, population dynamics, ecological 
modeling/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 principles and 
practices in the fields of biometrics, community ecology, population 
biology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and natural resource 
management.  Knowledge of and ability to identify Indo-Pacific reef 
corals species and to quantify abundances implementing underwater visual 
survey techniques. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database 
and graphing software (e.g. SigmaPlot).  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 
modeling 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 work and make decisions independently and to meet 
programmatic requirements within schedule and budgetary constraints. 
Ability to independently plan, implement, and manage projects.  Ability 
to lead, train and supervise research assistants in field and data 
handling procedures. Must possess strong leadership and interpersonal 
skills necessary to supervise staff. Ability to coordinate with agencies 
concerned with research, management and protection of coral reef 
ecosystems and build strong collaborative working relationships with 
potential partners in local management, NGO and research communities.  
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 Requirement:_  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 benthic ecological survey methods; 
experience with scientific SCUBA diving, and  underwater photography on 
coral reefs. Experience with marine  ecosystem, particularly coral reef 
ecosystems.  Experience handling small boats around Pacific atolls. 
Experience participating in coral reef research cruises on large 
vessels. Working knowledge of software packages such as Microsoft 
Office, SigmaPlot, Endnote, SAS, and Adobe Photoshop. 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. 
Experience in supervising Post-Doc and PhD level staff and developing 
program objectives.

*INQUIRIES: *Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu).

*APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: *The preferred method of applying for a job 
is through our on-line application process.  Please go to www.rcuh.com, 
click on "Employment" and navigate to "Job Announcements/Apply for a 
Job." However, if you do not have access to the Internet, you may apply 
by submitting resume; cover letter including Recruitment ID#, referral 
source, narrative of your qualifications for position and salary 
history; names, phone numbers and addresses of three supervisory 
references and copy of degree(s)/transcripts/certificate(s) to qualify 
for position by fax (808) 956-5022, mail, or hand-deliver to: Director 
of Human Resources, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822 before the 
closing date. Online applications and faxed documents must be 
submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard 
Time/RCUH receipt time). Mailed documents must be postmarked by the 
closing date.  Hand-delivered documents must be received by our HR 
office by 4 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time. If you have 
questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call 
(808)956-3100. Closing date: 05/31/12. EO/AA Employer.

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