Research Technician (Time Limited)

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Vacancy Number
Position Title
Research Technician
Working Title
Research Technician (Time Limited)
Competency Level
Center for Marine Science - 30600
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Center for Marine Science at UNC Wilmington is dedicated to providing an environment that fosters a multidisciplinary approach to questions in basic and applied coastal and marine research. The mission of the center is to support and promote coastal and marine science at UNCW, including research, outreach and service, and teaching. This includes a variety of fields such as oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, estuarine science, marine physiology and genetics, fisheries, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, marine policy and education, and other aspects of marine biology, marine and atmospheric chemistry, marine geology, environmental studies/sciences, and physical oceanography. The center fosters research programs of the highest quality and thereby enhances the educational experience provided by The University of North Carolina Wilmington for both undergraduate and graduate students in marine science.

Center for Marine Science - 30600 College
College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Location of Workplace
CMS Myrtle Grove
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

This Time-Limited Research Technician position will assist with analysis of ocean observations by satellite and in situ instrumentation. This position will assist with taking ocean observations made by others and casting them into standardized formats with appropriate metadata. This position will assist in preparing publications, including plotting scientific data, generating high quality graphics and tabulating tables of statistics. This position will be asked to document their work in writing and through preparation of oral presentations. This position may be asked to help supervise interns or students.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High School and two years of directly related experience required to perform the assigned duties or equivalent combination of education and training and appropriate certifications.

Preferred education, professional skills and experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Earth Science or related field preferred

Ability to code in MATLAB

Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint software

Knowledge of principles of geospatial metadata

Understanding of netCDF format and ability to read and write files that comply with up-to-date specifications

Ability to read and understand data in various formats, including text, “.mat”, “.csv”, etc.

Completion of courses in differential equations, linear algebra, multivariate calculus, intro statistics, data structures, introductory calculus-based physics (mechanics, electricity & magnetism, optics, and modern physics), oceanography, and Earth surface processes

Ability to document results in written form and in oral presentations

Familiarity with the scientific publication process

Experience with supervising students or interns

Required Certifications or licensure


Recruitment Range
$34,876 - $37,440
1.0 (40 hours per week)
Months Per Year
12 Months
Work Days
Monday - Friday
Work Hours
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Type of Position
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited
Position Number
Job Posting Date
Posting Close Date
Special Notes to Applicants

This position is time-limited with the possibility of continuation pending availability of funds and department need.

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume to successfully apply for this position. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

This position is being recruited at the Journey level. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

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Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References
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