Ocean Networks Canada is a world-leading organization supporting ocean research and discovery, and ocean observing technology innovation. ONC is a not-for-profit society that operates and manages cabled observatories in the coastal and deep Pacific and Arctic Oceans on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean, and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed along with mobile and land based assets strategically located, instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.
The core ONC user base is composed of scientists accessing the facility and data archives to conduct world-leading research. The ONC Science Services department provides a wide range of services to assist in the planning, execution, and completion of marine research, with the primary outcome being world leading scientific publications.
Within the Science Services department, itself a part of the User Engagement Division, Junior Staff Scientists contribute to the execution of science-based services as articulated in the Strategic Plan of ONC, in which serving the research users and providing scientific solutions to stakeholders are core mandates. The Junior Staff Scientist works with and reports to Senior Staff Scientists to facilitate research support activities for ONC users and stakeholders, particularly focusing on their respective area of competency. In conjunction with staff from the ONC Data Team, the Junior Staff Scientist are responsible for validating data quality through managing sample collection and analysis. They are also responsible for ensuring users receive the data necessary to support their research objectives. In this capacity, they may also be responsible for collecting and transferring field samples to external science users. Under the direction of the Staff Scientists, they assist with multivariate earth-ocean data analysis.
The Junior Staff Scientists also work with Data Team members to assemble and publish observatory data sets. Junior Staff Scientists assist in the planning and execution of annual maintenance expeditions and other field-based activities as they relate to instrument preparation, data integrity, and sample collection. Together with the other members of Science Services, they also support workshops, conference presence and other user engagement activities as required.