Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence
||Chief Scientist for Deep
|WHOI Position :
||Associate Scientist with Tenure or Senior
||1002 (Associate with Tenure); 1001
||222 (Associate with Tenure); 221
Reporting to the Vice
President for Marine Facilities and Operations, the Chief Scientist for Deep
Submergence (CSDS) provides scientific input to the development of the National
Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) to help improve its vehicle systems as well as
to ensure that the present and future needs of the broad deep submergence
research community are well0served by the NDSF. The CSDS also serves as an
advocate for scientific users of the NDSF communicating their needs and ideas to
NDSF operations staff and collaborating closely with the Marine Operations
Coordinator and NDSF engineers to ensure good user-operator communication. The
CSDS also provides a strong and effective voice for the NDSF and deep
submergence science at the national and international level.
- Makes recommendations and
offers advice to Marine Operations and NDSF staff on issues related to science
capabilities of NDSF vehicles and of the ships in so far as they relate to NDSF
- Collaborates on, and is
intimately involved in, planning and prioritization for vehicles and equipment
enhancement, assessment of upgrade options, and development of proposals in
support of these changes. Is also involved in planning for implementation of
these upgrades/enhancements and participates in the testing and integration of
the upgrades as appropriate.
- Provides scientific input
to the development of a vision of deep submergence science and technology for
the next 5-10 years, working with the VP for Marine Facilities and Operations,
the Manager of Deep Submergence, other NDSF staff and relevant personnel in the
various WHOI departments.
- Supports the Marine
Operations Coordinator, acting as a liaison between science users and the
operations groups within the NDSF. Collaborates closely with the Marine
Operations Coordinator to insure that user-operator communication in effective
and thorough, and that difference in perception of capabilities and operations
between users and operators are resolved well before cruises.
- Attends Deep Submergence
Science Committee (DESSC) meetings as an ex officio member, along with the VP
for Marine Facilities and Operations, to provide a strong coherent voice for
WHOI and the NDSF facility on the committee.
- Is proactive in promoting
science projects that use and improve NDSF vehicles through presentations at
national meetings and publications, including government and public outreach.
Disseminates vehicle capability information and a vision of the potential that
the NDSF vehicles have for addressing major science issues. Promotes vehicle use
within the context of large multi-disciplinary programs.
- Chairs the Deep
Submergence Advisory Committee at WHOI and serves ex officio on the WHOI Marine
Operations Committee. The CSDS also attends bi-weekly Marine Operations staff
- Maintains an active
externally funded research program in a chose field of research.
Desired Education/Experience for Hiring
Ph.D. in a discipline related
to deep submergence science or engineering with significant experience,
accomplishment and impact in research to attain the rank of Tenured Associate
Scientist or Senior Scientist. Is directly involved in science or engineering
programs that utilize NDSF vehicles and has substantial stature within the deep
submergence community. Provides evidence of skill as a proactive leader and good
communicator with the ability tot work with others towards the resolution of
Term of Appointment
Four years with the
possibility of reappointment for a second four-year term.
Six months of salary per year
will be provided by WHOI during the term of the appointment. In addition, 1.5
months (228 hours) of salary support will be earned for each year of appointment
that can be used on completion of the appointment. These funds, referred to as
'step down,' are provided to assist in reestablishing a research program and may
be used during the 3-year period immediately following stepping down. It is
understood that the appointee will support the remainder of their full-time
salary (~6 mo/yr) through grant-funded research.
Last updated: February 25, 2013