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Research Associate IV - 992387

Apply Now Job Number: 504783
Work Type: Full Time with Full Benefits
Location: Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
Department: Marine Biology, MS
Categories: Research, Service, & Sponsored Programs

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Job Title: Research Associate IV - 992387
Location: Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
Work Type: Full Time with Full Benefits
Job Category: Exempt
Hiring Range: 67,000.00
Pay Basis:


Subject to Grant Funding?: Yes  
Essential Job Functions: 1. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.
2. Oversees day-to-day operation of project. May supervise research support personnel and manage budget.
3. Contributes to basic and applied research activities. Performs a variety of tests requiring a high degree of proficiency, makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results. Evaluates experiment results using statistical and multivariate analysis.
4. Participates in formulating research methods and suggesting options for improving quality and recommending solutions and collaborates in the development of new techniques. Participates in computer database design and utilization and research/data analysis and suggests future improvements in data measurement.
5. Understands and interprets research protocols and procedures. May develop protocol and criteria; may determine interview procedures and approve protocols; may also design intervention protocols.
6. Acts as a specialist on laboratory or other research methods and equipment functions.
7. May participate in the publication of significant results. May co¬ author publications and may co-present results with Principal Investigator at meetings and/or conferences.
8. May write extramural proposals or monitor the work of lower-level assistants.
9. May act as liaison with other departments, divisions, or organizations.
10. Advances expertise through education, training, and/or research experience.
11. Performs other job duties as assigned or required.

Marginal Job Functions:  
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: Knowledge:
1. Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
2. Familiarity with Caribbean coral reefs, including coral identification and appearance of coral stressors such as bleaching, disease types, and other sources of mortality.

1. Safe and competent SCUBA diver. Skilled and experienced at multi-tasking and problem solving underwater.
2. Safe and effective handling of small boats (20-30’).
3. Skill and familiarity with ArcGIS with the ability to make basic maps.
4. Skill and familiarity with Excel, including formula development and database management.
5. Reading comprehension - Proficient understanding of written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
6. Critical thinking - Proficient skills in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
7. Science - Proficient skills using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
8. Complex problem solving - Proficient skills in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
9. Judgment and decision making - Proficient skills in considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the appropriate one.
10. Speaking - Proficient skills in talking to others to convey information effectively.

1. Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (including finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
2. Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
3. Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
4. Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
5. Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
6. Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Physical Requirements:
1. Will be exposed to inclement weather, to include heat, cold, rain, and sun. Will be aboard a small vessel in various sea states. Will be diving in water ranging from mid-60s to low-90s. Must be able and willing to manage these conditions.
2. Must be able to lift equipment up to 50 pounds, and also to carry equipment while on snorkel or SCUBA.
3. May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment, to include power tools (both above and below water), large underwater nets/bags, cameras, computers, and other office and field equipment.
4. Must not be allergic to amoxicillin.
5. Vision - Must be able to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
6. Speech clarity - Must be able to speak clearly so others can understand you.
7. Speech recognition - Must be able to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Job Requirements:  
Required Certifications/Licensures: 1. Must obtain within three (3) days of hire a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card (only required for boat operators who were born on or after January 1, 1988 as per State of Florida Law). [Mandatory if employee will be operating a boat]
2. SCUBA certification.
3. Must obtain within four (4) weeks of hire an AAUS certification.
Required Education: Master's Degree
Major (if required): In related scientific field
Required Experience: Five (5) years of experience in a related research position.

Preferred Qualifications: 1. Completion of a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) Boating Safety course.
2. AAUS certification and at least 100 research dives
Is this a safety sensitive position? No  
Background Screening Required? No  
Pre-Employment Conditions:


Sensitivity Disclaimer: Nova Southeastern University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.

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