Faculty Research Assistant

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Job posting number: #7241544

Posted: May 2, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

This position will support field and laboratory work in the CEOAS, both in locations at the Corvallis campus, and in remote locations including shoreside marine-operation and measurement locations, remote ports, and aboard research vessels. Candidate will be expected to work with the PIs and other staff to assemble field-deployed equipment, including electronic assembly (soldering and splicing of subsea cables, mounting and wiring of circuit boards, data loggers and batteries) and mechanical assembly and mounting of sub-sea and buoy-mounted sensor and power-system housings. Candidate will perform routine and trace-element chemical analyses of oceanographic samples, in particular those for O2, pCO2, TCO2, Fe, Mn, and other trace elements, and macronutrients. Candidate will participate in sea-going work, including the on-deck deployment of mooring systems and towed sensor platforms, and in the set-up and operation of shipboard and lab-based analytical systems for the measurement of the above. Candidate will organize and facilitate field campaigns and logistics, including purchasing equipment and supplies, and managing shipping and travel logistics.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
65% Support PacWave Director of Marine Operations and other marine operations staff in preparing instruments for field deployment, pProgramming autonomous systems, and planning deployment activities.

20% Support Buck Trace Element Laboratory in analytical systems operations and logistics for cruise planning, conduct research, analyze/interpret data, draw conclusions from analyses, and participate in scholarly activities such as peer reviewed publications and scientific presentations.

15% Support Hales Routine Chemistry Lab in analysis of seawater pCO2, TCO2, nutrient, and O2 analyses, conduct research, analyze/interpret data, draw conclusions from analyses, and participate in scholarly activities such as peer reviewed publications and scientific presentations.
What You Will Need
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical oceanography, or Bachelor’s degree in another scientific field and over 5 years experience in field or laboratory oceanography.
Minimum of 100 days prior experience on oceanographic research vessels.
Demonstrated ability to perform electronic assembly and repairs, including soldering and use of multimeter.
Mastery of basic software skills, including document editing, spreadsheet development, presentation development, e-mail, and remote conferencing applications.
Experience in clean laboratory operations.
What We Would Like You to Have
MS degree or higher in related fields.
SCUBA certification.
MOTC certification.
Forklift operator training.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Work environment will be varied from office to lab to shop to outdoor fabrication yard to waterfront staging facilities to at-sea on-board operations. Working in inclement weather may be necessary, including hot, windy, wet, and cold conditions, and work in rough seas onboard work vessels. Work will be task and deliverable-driven and is not linked to the standard work clock or calendar. Intermittent periods of longer hours may be required. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds is required.

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