[Coral-List] Job Posting: JIMAR PIFSC Quantitative Ecologist (Benthic)

Bernardo Vargas Angel bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov
Tue May 22 23:47:22 EDT 2012

Dear listers

JIMAR PIFSC Quantitative Ecologist (Benthic) # 12246*Joint Institute For 
Marine and Atmospheric Researh.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:*  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. EEO/AA Employer.

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