Half Time HabCam Engineer Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for a HabCam engineer to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) is the research component of NOAA NMFS for the Northeast Region. The NEFSC Population and Ecosystems Monitoring and Analysis Division (PEMAD) collects samples and data from fishery resources and the environment. These collections create data streams used throughout the NEC, and by external users, to assess the status and trends of fishery resources and the dynamics of the ecological processes that control resource productivity.
The HabCam engineer assists NEFSC scientists with the preparation, deployment, and maintenance of the HabCam v4 system. HabCam is a towed habitat mapping camera system that the NEFSC primarily uses for monitoring the Atlantic Sea Scallop resource. The HabCam engineer provides support for the NEFSC image storage database and related image analysis software.
The main tasks include:
- Maintenance/installation of cameras, main electronics bottle and other HabCam components and instruments.
- Testing all primary and secondary Habcam systems, ensuring that the system is ready for deployment and maintaining the system during offshore surveys.
- Prepping and configuration of servers for at-sea data collection.
- Assisting with coordination of NEFSC Habcam survey logistics including transport of Habcam vehicle, onload/offload from research vessel.
- Managing storing, processing and analysis of images collected at sea.
- Participating on at least 2 legs of the NEFSC Habcam sea scallop survey per year (total of ~20 days per year).
- Assisting with modifications to the existing PostgreSQL database in preparation for migration to Oracle.
- Assisting with maintenance and management of the data products generated from various Habcam sensors.
- Assisting with development/documentation of software related to Habcam vehicle operation, image processing and camera calibration.
The HabCam engineer must possess knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in the preparation, deployment, and maintenance of a towed habitat mapping camera system. Additional knowledge related to image processing software, automatic image classification software, database construction/maintenance, and computer programming is desirable.
Specific skills and experience include:
The position is expected to be part-time for one year with the possibility of extension, working on-site in Woods Hole. The rate of pay is dependent upon experience. The position is eligible for some benefits, as described on the Integrated Statistics website.
- Significant experience with the use and maintenance of underwater cameras, strobes and oceanographic instruments, particularly as deployed on towed vehicles.
- Experience diagnosing and repairing common hardware and electronics problems at-sea.
- Demonstrated experience with wiring of marine electronics.
- Ability to perform fiber-optic terminations and diagnose problems in fiber-optic connections with tools such as OTDR.
- Working knowledge of image processing and analysis including light and color correction and camera calibration.
- Experience with server-side web development and associated programming languages.
- Comfortable using R software.
- Fluent with Linux operating systems.
- Familiar with scientific programming in C++ and PERL.
- Experience in the use and maintenance of relational databases such as PostgreSQL and Oracle.
- Ability to work independently, but also as a team member.
- Must be willing and able to perform duties at sea during research survey cruises.
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