[Coral-List] Job Posting: JIMAR PIFSC Coral Reef Researcher

Bernardo Vargas-Angel - NOAA Affiliate bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov
Mon Nov 28 16:00:14 EST 2016

Dear members

Below  is a recruitment announcement for the JIMAR PIFSC Coral Reef
Researcher. Interested individuals will need to  apply directly to RCUH
Human Resources via one of the  methods stated in the job posting by the
closing date,which is 12/13/2016.


Bernardo Vargas-Angel


Joint 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, Hawai‘i.
 Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs,
satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with
applicable Federal/State laws.  *MONTHLY SALARY:*  Salary commensurate with
qualifications.  *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 Project, including proposal
writing, administrative functions, and direction of junior-level personnel.
college or university in Marine Ecology, Zoology, Marine Biology, Fishery
Science, or related field involving studies of coral reef fish ecology (PhD
candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire).
(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.).  *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). Must be able to meet and
maintain the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to
access work location.  Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien.
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 direct the
activities of 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 be able to pass all
training requirements, including but not limited to basic boating.  Other
training requirements may include advanced coxswain training, advanced
first aid, and forklift training.  Must be SCUBA certified (NAUI, PADI,
etc.) and meet the standards established by the University of Hawai‘i’s
and/or program’s diver certification process (which meets the standards set
by the American Academy of Underwater Science), and hold the current
certifications in CPR, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration, and
maintain throughout duration of employment.  Must be able to complete SCUBA
diving open water certification and maintain throughout duration of
employment and possess good free diving skills.  Must be able to complete
UH/NOAA diving certification, which includes meeting the physical,
watermanship, academic, and experience requirements, and maintain
throughout duration of employment. Must possess a valid driver’s license
and maintain throughout the duration of employment.

*Post Offer Employment Requirement:*  Must be able to meet and maintain US
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) security requirements for working in a federal
facility, which includes being fingerprinted and having a federal
background check performed prior to date of hire and maintained throughout
duration of employment.  *PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  *Must be able to
obtain and maintain medical clearance to work on NOAA research vessels or
other appropriate vessels and for NOAA diving requirement and maintain
throughout duration of employment.  Ability to work effectively on research
vessels for extended periods at sea. 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 unassisted.  *POLICY
AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:*  As a condition of employment, employee
will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as
applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's
policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's
policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or
regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to
possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal
penalties, etc.).  *SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  *Experience with underwater
benthic ecological survey methods; scientific SCUBA diving, and underwater
photography on coral reefs. Experience with marine ecosystems, 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-Doctoral and PhD level staff and developing program objectives.
 Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu).*  *APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:* Please
go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” 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. Hawai‘i 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 rcuh_employment at rcuh.com. If you have questions on
the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344
or (808)956-0872.  *CLOSING DATE:  **December 13, 2016**.*

*RCUH’s **mission is to support the research and training programs of the
University of Hawai‘i and to** enhance research, development, and training
generally in **Hawai‘i**. *

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


*Bernardo Vargas-Ángel PhD*
*Coral Ecologist & Benthic Team Lead*
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Coral Reef Ecosystem Program
NOAA Inouye Regional Center
1845 Wasp Blvd, Bldg. # 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: 808-725-5423
Fax: 808-725-5429
http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/crep/ <http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/cred/>

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