CIRCA Hiring Oceanographic Research Assistant 2

Search #: 495852
Work type: Full-time
Location: Avery Point Campus
Categories: Research


The University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences (DMS), and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) seek a candidate for the position of Oceanographic Research Assistant to work as a member of a team of scientists based at the Avery Point Campus that deploy and maintain a wide variety of instruments to measure conditions in the coastal environment. Work on ships and small boats in challenging conditions and in all types of weather, and several multi-day trips per year will be required. The loading and unloading of equipment and deployment and recovery of instruments will require the capacity to lift and carry up to 40lbs for 10 meters.


  1. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, Oceanography, Engineering, Physics or a closely related discipline and at least two years of experience OR, a Master’s degree and from no experience to one year of post-degree experience.
  2. At least 1 year of experience working with modern ocean science instrumentation; including the familiarity with the mechanical properties of wire and rope.
  3. A basic understanding of electronics (e.g. battery and charging systems) and electrical safety;
  4. Competence in standard office software for document, budget, and report preparation;
  5. Familiarity with effects of corrosion and corrosion limitation;
  6. Experience working in a laboratory with instruments and tools, including calibrations and the other steps required for instrument deployment.
  7. Proven effectiveness in communication and collaboration;
  8. The ability to work effectively on moving platforms, and to lift and carry 40 lbs of equipment. The qualification will require providing a physical examination.
  9. The ability to work on ships and small boats for several multi-day trips per year.


  1. Diving certification.
  2. State of Connecticut small boat operator permit.
  3. Experience at sea in Long Island Sound.
  4. Experience launching a small boat from a trailer.
  5. A basic understanding of computer programming.
  6. Familiarity with computer-based design software.
  7. Experience with cranes and forklift trucks.
  8. Experience coordinating deck operation on a research vessel.


This is a full-time, 12-month annually renewable position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495852 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on January 15, 2022.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Nov 24, 2021
Applications close: January 15, 2022