GHG Corporation

Job purpose

Performs a variety of activities in one or more of the following and/or related areas: personal computer applications training, data control and scheduling coordination, systems administration, data security administration, and associated fields.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Responsible for the installation, calibration, operation and repair of electronic systems aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer and R/V Laurence M. Gould. Troubleshoots and repairs instrumentation to the component level. Responsible for the operation of the Data Acquisition System (DAS), Local Area Network (LAN), e-mail system and all computers and peripherals.
  • Acts as the electronics, communications, IT and electrical systems coordinator for all deployments of people and equipment off the ship.
  • Responsible for all facets of safety for operations in the E-Lab, on the deck and off the ship. This includes maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring safety is the highest priority in the work place. Must be proactive in suggesting improvements to safety policy where applicable.
  • Actively participates in planning shipyard projects and working with the Electronics Technician Supervisor, researches, plans and implements upgrades to the oceanographic, meteorological, communications, information technology and other shipboard electronic and computer systems.
  • Must be proactive in developing and improving shipboard documentation.
  • Operates and repairs the following oceanographic systems: Sea-Bird CTD system, hull-mounted and towed sonars, pingers, paper and digital recording/plotting devices, underway sea water sampling system, thermosalinograph, fluorometers, meteorological station, remotely operated vehicles (ROV's), underwater cameras, MOCNESS systems, GPS systems and the XBT system.
  • Provides network administration on DOS, Macintosh, Windows and UNIX platforms.
  • Responsible for the administration and support of networking protocols.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and recovery of LAN outages/interruptions.
  • Supports e-mail services and systems and network security.
  • Creates LAN and e-mail accounts for users.
  • Maintains the network operating system and hardware to the most current approved levels.
  • Administers and updates anti-virus software.
  • Responsible for the quality control of data collection and archiving of data. Follows all IT procedures in supporting IT systems.
  • Maintains and operates satellite, VHF and HF communications systems.
  • Maintains the CCTV system. Ensures that sensors are sent to calibration and that the calibration schedule is updated regularly.
  • Connects and disconnects phone, general alarm, CCTV, LAN, 110, 220 and 440 VAC services to science vans and winches as required.
  • May assist with projects as directed by the Supervisor, Marine Electronics Technician. This may involve pre-cruise planning, procurements and other special projects.
  • Must follow all safety procedures.
  • Interacts with the National Science Foundation, grantees, vendors, sub-contractors and colleagues in a professional and tactful manner.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring safety is the highest priority in the work place.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • US citizenship or permanent residence is required.
  • Minimum: Bachelor degree from an accredited college in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education, with six years of professional experience; or four years of professional experience with a related Masters degree. Considered career, or journey, level. Supervisor adequate skill level assessment may be accepted in lieu of professional experience requirement.
  • Experience with the installation, calibration, operation and repair of electronic systems, with a focus on problem solving quality control.
  • Antarctic experience preferred (but not required)


  • Technical Capacity.
  • Organizational Skills.
  • Strategic Thinking.
  • Problem Solving/Analysis.

Physical Requirements

  • The individual in the position must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action.
  • Complies with applicable safety, environment, health, and waste management policies and procedures.
  • Position requires lifting of at least 40 lbs and strenuous physical activity both indoors and outdoors.
  • Must be able to climb tall towers and masts, work in confined spaces and work in cold environments.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Position Expectations

  • This is a full-time position.
  • The standard work schedule for this position is 84 hours per week. (Monday through Sunday, 12 hours per day.)
  • Position will be located on a research vessel.
  • Performance Period: Starting March 2023 on cruises LMG2303, LMG2304, LMG2305, and LMG2306.
  • Employment will require candidate obtaining a public trust clearance

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