Research Assistant - Biology

Job ID
2022-1697
Category
Science/Research
Type
regular
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant II or Research Assistant III to join the Biology Department. This is a full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. We need someone to help with turtle physiology and multiple related tasks.

 

RA II:

With some supervision, employs established laboratory procedures, standard equipment, and fundamental concepts to conduct research tasks determined by field of study and scope of individual research project.

 

RA III:

With little supervision, applies a broad knowledge of laboratory principles, equipment, and procedures to the completion of moderately difficult assignments determined by field of study and scope of individual research project.

 

The internal working title for this position could be either Research Assistant II or Research Assistant III. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 

Essential Functions

Support diverse tasks related to field and laboratory sensory biology and bioacoustic experiments. The person will help with physiological experiments with testudines (turtles), acoustic studies on the effects of noise on marine life, data collection support, data management, field work support (diving, boat driving, field operations), acoustic and related analyses, and support of outreach activities.  

 

RA II:

  • Maintains records related to the research and/or research equipment.
  • Executes designated research tasks, making use of selected laboratory experiments, equipment, field work, library research, data acquisition and processing, statistical analyses or other investigative techniques;
  • Organizes and summarizes acquired data, using scientific and statistical techniques including computer programs;
  • Organizes and/or drafts material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts, or other documents for publication and/or presentation;
  • Participates in the design of experiments or field work.

RA III:

  • Coordinates research projects, using selected laboratory experiments, equipment, field work, library research, data acquisition and processing, statistical analyses or other investigative techniques;
  • Organizes, interprets, and summarizes acquired data using scientific and statistical techniques including computer programs;
  • Assists in preparation of proposals, manuscripts or other documents for publication and/or presentation;
  • Participates in the design of experiments or fieldwork and may suggest modifications to current procedures;
  • Acts as information source on specific research techniques and trains others in technical procedures and equipment operation;
  • May supervise the activities of other support staff.

 

 

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

 

RA II:

Bachelor's degree in marine science, bioengineering or related field.  Experience Desired: Certified SCUBA diver, with proficiency and experience, ideally AAUS certified. Matlab and related coding. Acoustic analyses. Small boat operations and related needs. Data management and working with large data sets, biologist with some engineering/tool development experience. Animal handling/husbandry/zoology. Excellent verbal communication skills. Adaptable to changing environments. Working in a dynamic research environment. Working with multiple teams. Ability to work independently and with a team, task managing their time across several complementary projects.

 

RA III:

Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in marine science, bioengineering or related field.  Experience Desired: Certified SCUBA diver, with proficiency and experience, ideally AAUS certified. Matlab and related coding. Acoustic analyses. Small boat operations and related needs. Data management and working with large data sets, biologist with some engineering/tool development experience. Animal handling/husbandry/zoology. Excellent verbal communication skills. Adaptable to changing environments. Working in a dynamic research environment. Working with multiple teams. Ability to work independently and with a team, task managing their time across several complementary projects.

Special Requirements

  • Must be able to obtain a TWIC
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Security Clearance
  • Person drives WHOI vehicle

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 25-50 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively. Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others, working alone.  Will be exposed to excessive heat/humidity.  Prolonged work hours.  Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

 

 

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

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