Vacancy notice: Ocean Acidification Program Manager – Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawaii

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.

Duties: Leads the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division’s (CRED) climate and ocean change research and monitoring team to assess and predict associated ecological impacts to the coral reef ecosystems of the Pacific Islands region and internationally. Designs, develops, expands, implements, and improves sampling methodologies, survey protocols, and field research experiments to obtain robust physical, biogeochemical, and ecological time series observations. Processes, analyzes, and summarizes these interdisciplinary oceanographic data from CRED surveys, satellite remote sensing, and other sources. Contributes to data management and development of data products relevant to long-term monitoring to robustly document spatial patterns and temporal changes of conditions influencing coral reef ecosystems. Publishes and communicates results in scientific literature, monitoring reports, and through presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders. Maintains and nurtures collaborations to monitor and investigate the physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic conditions influencing coral reef ecosystem conditions, particularly ocean warming and ocean acidification. Provides supervision, training, and guidance to scientific and technical staff in research area. Participates in research cruises, marine ecosystem surveys, and observation networks to assess and monitor coral reefs. This involves field surveys, the deployment and recovery of oceanographic and ecological instrument platforms, and data transmission, analyses, and creation of information products. Works with project staff and personnel from other institutions to secure continued and/or additional funding support, and to satisfy reporting requirements of funding agencies for existing support. Collaborates with researchers from other agencies and institutions, and coordinates with partner agencies on marine ecosystem research and conservation projects.

Required qualifications: PhD from an accredited college or university in the fields of Physical, Chemical, or Biogeochemical Oceanography, Quantitative Ecology, Biology, Statistics, or a related field.

Required experience: Three to five (3-5) years of nearshore ecosystem oceanographic work experience with data analysis, report writing, and marine survey techniques. Experience in collecting and analyzing oceanographic and ecological monitoring data, and seawater samples for physical, biological, and chemical parameters. Experience conducting oceanographic and ecological data analyses, time-series analyses, inter-disciplinary modeling techniques, and other procedures commonly used by practitioners. Demonstrated research and refereed publication record in the areas of physical-biological interactions in coral reefs (or other nearshore ecosystems), climate change and ocean acidification on the marine environment, and related topics. Previous experience at sea for extended periods (i.e., twenty (20) continuous days or more) of time aboard research vessels.

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