Chief Scientist, Ocean Exploration Trust

The Opportunity
Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) is hiring a forward-thinking, collaborative Chief Scientist committed to advancing ocean exploration, developing programs that promote inclusivity in the field, and liaising with the ocean science community to broadly share results and open data. As the Chief Scientist, you will be responsible for ensuring the work carried out by OET has scientific excellence, efficacy, and integrity as its highest priorities while integrating the science with the other mission pillars of the organization—education and outreach, and technological innovation. You will be a member of OET’s senior leadership team and will provide direction and strategy for our science and exploration program, including its use of remotely operated vehicles, uncrewed autonomous systems, mapping systems, and other technologies. To be successful in this role, you will act as a representative for the priorities of the ocean exploration community at large.

About Ocean Exploration Trust
OET is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—founded in 2007 by Dr. Robert Ballard—that owns and operates exploration vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Annual expeditions aboard the vessel are conducted in partnership with the organization’s primary sponsor, NOAA Ocean Exploration, and others including
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Geographic Society. Through telepresence, all E/V Nautilus expeditions are streamed live to provide scientists and the public with real-time access to exploratory research and these live streams reach millions around the globe each year. Additionally, data, samples, and results from all expeditions are made openly available.
In 2019, OET was selected—in partnership with University of Rhode Island, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and University of Southern Mississippi—to implement NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute. With partners, OET will introduce a new shallow water focus to our programs in 2022 centered on studying the health of the US’s coral reefs in the Central Pacific.

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