Assistant Research Scientist

College Station, Texas, United States

Job description

Job Title
Assistant Research Scientist

Texas A&M University

International Ocean Discovery Program

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
College Station, Texas

Job Type

Job Description

The Assistant Research Scientist is responsible for performing Expedition Project Manager, Staff Scientist, and Science Engagement Activity duties in support of IODP Science Services and Operations. This position is responsible for overall scientific implementation of scientific ocean drilling expeditions and achievement of cruise science plan through coordination of shorebased and ship resources; providing scientific expertise and leadership to improve delivery of IODP-TAMU scientific services – including ship and shore laboratories, enhancement/development of new analytical tools and techniques, and conducting independent scientific research and contributing to the Texas A&M University education mission, coordinating IODP-TAMU outreach, leading project management implementation, and/or facilitating scientific ocean drilling clearance activities.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Appropriate Ph.D.
  • Relevant professional experience

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

  • This is a sea going position sailing on one cruise every 1 to 2 years.
  • Seagoing employees must pass a new employee physical exam and annual physical exam.
  • Seagoing Physical Requirements: The duties of this position involve fine motor skills for delicate tasks and strenuous physical activity, including moving, lifting and carrying objects of medium to heavy weight and occasionally heavier, reaching, bending and maintaining balance on a moving ship; working under confined conditions on the ship, exposed to noise, vibration, potential allergens, and with occasional exposure to outdoor, extreme environments.
  • These conditions may exist for the duration of a 2-month sea-going expedition every 1 to 2 year.
  • Ability to obtain passport and international visas on a continuing basis.

Preferred Education & Experience:

  • PhD. in the field of Geology or Oceanography.

Preferred Other factors:

  • Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of published papers, statement of research interests, and names and contact information of three professional references.


  • Learn expedition implementation, implement initial and subsequent expeditions; , implement initial and subsequent expeditions; EPM on zero to two expedition projects; coordinate up to 30 scientists per expedition.
  • Lead expedition-specific project planning and implementation.
  • Coordinate IODP-TAMU expedition team to ensure efficient precruise, cruise, and postcruise delivery of science services and operations.
  • Identify and ensure implementation of all expedition team milestones before, during, and following the expedition – including completion of an operational plan, procurements, precruise planning meeting, science prospectus, cruise research and sampling plan, expedition reports, as well as postcruise activities and deliverables.
  • Responsible for facilitating the Co-Chief Scientist’s scientific leadership of the expedition.
  • Coordinate assessment of expedition scientific staffing applications with Chief Scientists and provide recommendations to the Supervisor of Science Support concerning cruise staffing.
  • Facilitate coordination of the activities of the shipboard scientific party before, during, and following the cruise.
  • Serve as science advocate for expedition science and participating scientists.
  • Represent IODP in matters of scientific policy and procedure for expedition participants.
  • Serve as scientific resource and point-of-contact for IODP-TAMU staff, expedition scientists, TAMU, and the science community regarding specific cruise activities.
  • Responsible for coordinating production of content for IODP Proceedings volume; coordinate and lead the first postcruise editorial meeting; facilitate implementation of science (2nd) postcruise meeting; and serve as an Editorial Review Board Member.
  • Ensure production and on-time delivery of all expedition reports including prospectus, daily/weekly reports, site summaries, preliminary report, monthly team status report, and a postcruise assessment identifying successes, failures and recommendations for improvement.
  • Contribute science expertise to improve science services, participate in lab groups/projects, initiate independent research program.
  • Provide scientific expertise and leadership to management and improvement of shipboard science activities and laboratories to maximize scientific capabilities.
  • Contribute as a team member and/or leader for lab/analytical tool enhancements and/or operational planning activities.
  • Provide presentations at national and international meetings, as
  • IODP representative to communicate expedition results and IODP activities/status.
  • Conduct independent IODP-related and/or other scientific research in specific field of expertise and routinely publish results in leading, internationally-recognized Earth Science journals. Present research results at national and international scientific meetings.
  • Understand, comply, and administer all pertinent IODP, TAMU, TAMUS, state, and federal policies.
  • Contribute to the Texas A&M University educational mission through teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate research and/or
  • Serve as IODP-TAMU facilitator and point-of-contact for public outreach & education, public relations, and communications and/or
  • Under IODP-TAMU Director supervision, provide organization-wide leadership of implementation and application of project management for priority projects to improve scientific ocean drilling services and/or assist the Assistant Director of Science Services and/or Manager of Science Operations in activities related to securing necessary approvals (clearances and permitting) to conduct scientific ocean drilling expeditions. Performs other duties as assigned.

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