STO/ITO - Science Technology Officer; OceanX - a mission to explore the ocean and bring it back to the world

Job Title: 
STO/ITO - Science Technology Officer
Job Location: 
World travel
Full time position that is expected to spend a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 8 months per year at sea, with a rotational schedule between 2-3 months onboard at time.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 31, 2020

POSITION: STO/ITO - Science Technology Officer - Science, Networking, Audio/Visual/SAT Officer

Must be able to pass an extensive background check and random drug testing. A personality assessment will be given prior to an offer. 

JOB ID: 649318

OceanX OceanX is a mission to explore the ocean and bring it back to the world. We are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge aboard OceanXplorer, the most advanced marine exploration vessel ever built. We’re creating a deep and personal connection with the ocean for millions of people across platforms worldwide. Our research focus is marine exploration and biological discovery in the most inaccessible corners of the sea. We partner with scientists eager to push the boundaries of research in their field—be it locating new species or studying never-before-seen biological phenomena—and we give them the tools they need to get the job done. Everything we do is made possible by our state-of-the-art research vessel, OceanXplorer. Equipped with two manned subs that can take researchers 1,000 meters deep, a fleet of support ships, an onboard helicopter, and fully equipped science labs, OceanXplorer can bring back discoveries and stories no one has ever seen before. Using advanced underwater film making tools, we document each moment of discovery—and then transform those moments into compelling stories we share with the world. From TV series to giant screen films, online and off, we reach our audiences wherever they are, to inspire in them the same love of the oceans that inspires us.   STO/ITO Crewmember The function of the STO role is to install, maintain, integrate and operate the science, networking, audio/visual and satellite communications equipment onboard research vessels, to act as the liaison to science parties and to provide support to supernumeraries.

This is a full time position that is expected to spend a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 8 months per year at sea, with a rotational schedule between 2-3 months onboard at time.   Responsibilities The Science Technology Officer’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as onboard help desk, systems administrator and network engineer. In that role the STO will:
    • Install and configure software and hardware for both science and ship operations
    • Manage network servers, desktops, laptops, iPads and technology tools
    • Maintain and troubleshoot the shipboard network infrastructure
    • Set up and manage user accounts and access controls
    • Monitor performance and maintain systems according to requirements and troubleshoot issues
    • Ensure network security and traffic management through access controls, backups and firewalls
    • Upgrade systems with new software and hardware releases, including security updates
    • Develop and implement protocols to train staff on new technologies
    • Maintain technical documentation, manuals and IT policies
  • Act as onboard science officer and laboratory technician. In that role, the STO will:
    • Act as Science Liaison between ship's crew, science party and supernumeraries including participation in pre-cruise mission planning, daily briefings, and post-mission assessments. Also, act to ensure proper lab and oceanographic safety protocols are being followed by all personnel
    • Operate and maintain various science systems, including:
      • Kongsberg Multibeam Sonar systems including XBT Sound Velocity acquisition
      • Simrad EK80 echosounder
      • Knudsen sub-bottom profiler
      • SeaBird and RBR CTD packages including hydrographic winch operation
      • Navigational GPS and motion reference units
      • Ultra-Short Baseline submersible tracking system
      • Data Acquisition Systems
    • Oversee proper use and maintenance of shipboard laboratory equipment
    • Provide documentation of science equipment and activities, including cruise reports, data/technical issues, logs, staging data and metadata by cruise for science party and archive
  • Work with shore side support team to monitor scientific hardware and software developments and take appropriate steps to provide modern and effective technical science capabilities
  • Assist other ship departments as necessary, including work on deck and in small boats
  • Operate and support ship mechanical systems such as winches, A-frames, and cranes


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Marine Science, Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain STCW Basic Safety and Security Awareness certificates
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain Medical Health Certificate with no restrictions as to serving as an officer
  • Minimum of 3 years of oceanographic/marine technical experience at sea and ashore
  • Computer skill set at systems administrator-level of knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience working with oceanographic research projects at sea
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work extended hours in occasionally harsh environments

  Desired Skills and Knowledge The successful candidate will have a broad scope of knowledge of the types of systems commonly found on research vessels, including scientific, ship navigation, communications, and IT/AV equipment.  The following specific skills or experience are desired:

  • Familiarity with various operating systems and platforms, including MacOS, Microsoft Windows, and Ubuntu Linux
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows Server-based networking, including Active Directory/AzureAD, Exchange/Office365, DNS/DHCP, and File and Print Sharing
  • Knowledge of system security (e.g. intrusion detection systems) and data backup/recovery protocols
  • Specific knowledge or related experience with the following technologies:
    • Cisco networking equipment (LAN, WLAN, and WAN technologies)
    • Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell EMC storage arrays, and Dell desktops and laptops
    • Kaleidescape/Crestron-based entertainment systems
    • IP-Based CCTV systems
    • C and Ku-band Cobham and Intellian VSAT systems, SeaTel and iDirect BDE equipment and Iridium communications systems
    • Kerio Control Firewalls
    • Panasonic PABX telephone systems
    • MOXA Serial over IP systems
    • Serial/UDP Data communication
  • SCUBA diver certification from an accredited organization
  • Experience piloting UAVs

It is essential that the candidate has a very good understanding of electronics and knows how to find necessary information about various system setups, configurations and to get relevant assistance when needed.

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