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NOAA Branch Chief Position, Great Lakes Observing System Engineering

NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), Ann Arbor, Michigan has an opening for a senior engineer to lead the lab's Observing Systems and Advanced Technology Branch. The ideal candidate's area of expertise would complement the current research and operations in the branch, which include design and deployment of fixed and mobile observing assets (buoys, moorings, tripods, ROVs, AUVs, towed and profiling arrays), sampling systems (rosettes, pumps, nets), remote sensing research, and research vessel upgrades and operations, primarily in the Great Lakes. Desired areas of expertise may include one or more of the following: naval architecture, electrical engineering, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, marine navigation, limnology, or oceanography. Other research branches at the lab are Ecosystem Dynamics, and Integrated Physical and Ecological Modeling and Forecasting. The Branch Chief is expected to have shown continued excellence in marine or limnological research and technology development and, through significant original contributions (e.g., journal articles, patents, presentations), have gained an outstanding international reputation. The Branch Chief will be responsible for initiating, supporting, and conducting independent research and technology development, while leading, influencing, and advising supervisees and fellow employees to promote high scientific and engineering standards at GLERL and within the region and the research field. The Branch Chief reports to the laboratory director and is involved in strategic planning and external partnerships beyond the research branch, including interaction with co-located postdocs, visiting scientists, contractors, and staff of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research. The vacancy is a permanent federal position with a base salary range of $124,864-$157,100, and a full government benefits package. The official announcement for this position is posted on as Job Announcement Number: OAR-GLERL-2014-0014 ( The position is open to all U.S. citizens. For further information about GLERL and the application process contact Laura Newlin (734-741-2245, ).


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