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Ocean Imaging Specialist

Ocean Imaging Specialist


Ocean Frontier Institute

A transnational hub for ocean research, the Ocean Frontier Institute brings together experts from both sides of the North Atlantic to explore the vast potential of the world’s ocean.


Halifax, NS, Canada


Relevant division
Ocean Sciences (OS)



$75,000 - $90,000 CDN per year + benefits

Preferred education

Application deadline
22 August 2020

21 July 2020

Job description

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI; is a major new global hub for ocean research headquartered at Dalhousie University with partners at major ocean research centers around the North Atlantic Ocean. OFI has established a Research Implementation Unit (RIU): a team of highly skilled and specialized technical staff who assist OFI researchers at Dalhousie with field research, data management and analysis, and interaction with key technical personnel from OFI partners.

The RIU supports ocean observation in Atlantic Canada and uses emerging technology to observe, understand and predict physical, biogeochemical and ecological change in the ocean. OFI has strong partnerships with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network of Centre of Excellence ( and also the Ocean Tracking Network (, both hosted at Dalhousie University. OFI cooperates with multiple partners in Atlantic Canada, including founding partners Memorial University of Newfoundland and University of Prince Edward Island, and government partners such as the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

Reporting to the OFI RIU Manager, with strategic and operational direction from the OFI Scientific Director, the RIU Ocean Imaging (OI) Specialist will be an integral part of field and laboratory operations. The OI Specialist will be responsible for creating a plan for the Ocean Imaging Centre, maintaining imaging systems, develop methodologies, participate in expeditions, and train students and researchers.

Key Responsibilities
- In conjunction with the RIU Manager and the OFI Scientific Director, develop and execute a concept plan for the establishment of OFI’s Ocean Imaging Centre.

- Setup and maintain laboratory imaging systems. Investigate and develop improved methodologies for research-related imaging.

- Source, maintain and calibrate specialized optical imaging oceanographic equipment. Maintain service records on oceanographic equipment and assist in the fabrication and on-going maintenance of field equipment.

- Provide technical training, advice and support to ocean researchers on imaging systems. Assist and lead (as required) deployments and recoveries of oceanographic equipment.

- Interface with data scientists and data managers to organize, store and access large numbers of images and related data.

- Participate in research planning meetings, which may include overseas travel.

Undergraduate degree in Oceanography, Electronics Technology, or Engineering with 3 to 5 years’ of related experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and deploying oceanographic equipment (or an equivalent combination of training and experience). An advanced degree of either a MSc or PhD, in oceanographic imaging preferred. Must be proficient in English, both written and oral. The ability to process image data is required. Must possess, or be willing to obtain, a valid driver’s license. Ability to work at sea necessary, including passing physical examination required for MED A3 training. Must possess strong attention to detail with the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team and problem-solve effectively. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are required. Demonstrated ability to document activities, ensure checklists are followed, and strong attention to safety protocols with the ability to create and refine new protocols and procedures as needed.

How to apply

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