Call for UNOLS Council and Committee Nominations

A pdf version of this Call for Nominations is available at <Call_forUNOLS_Nominations2013.pdf>

Updated – May 8, 2013


UNOLS is seeking nominations and applications to fill Council and Committee vacancies.  Details about the open positions along with the process for submitting nominations/applications and deadlines are provided below.  The positions that are open include:

      UNOLS Council – one position [Deadline – May 31st]

      Fleet Improvement Committee– 1 position [Deadline – May 31st]



UNOLS Council Position

One position open – Candidates from UNOLS Non-Operator Institutions are eligible

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, aircraft, submersibles, and facilities required to support a healthy and vigorous research and education program in the ocean sciences. Currently, UNOLS is actively engaged in the academic research fleet modernization efforts, in exploring environmental sustainability for the fleet, and in outreach initiatives for students and early career scientists.  The future fleet composition, capacity, and user demand, along with budgetary realities are all areas that UNOLS will continue to evaluate and provide advice to the federal agencies that support ocean science facilities.  Individuals who wish to contribute to these and other UNOLS efforts are needed to fill one UNOLS Council seat. The UNOLS Council members represent and act on behalf of the UNOLS membership as the operating and governing body of UNOLS.


A Nominating Committee that includes Craig Lee (Chair), Bruce Appelgate, and Lee Cooper has been formed to prepare a slate of candidates.  Nominations are being sought from UNOLS institutions to fill one Council position opening in 2013. The position that is open requires nominees to be affiliated with a UNOLS non-operator institution. The term of office is three years with the possibility of re-election for a second term. 


Nominations for the slate may be submitted by anyone affiliated with a UNOLS institution to <>.  Self-applications are welcome.  A 2-page CV and statement of interest should accompany all nominations. Nominations are due by May 31, 2013.  The Nominating Committee must give due consideration to the qualifications of the individuals nominated, as well as to maintenance of regional and disciplinary balance on the Council.  The committee will then recommend a slate of candidates that will be voted upon by the UNOLS membership at the 2013 Annual Meeting in the fall. For more information about UNOLS and its activities, visit the website, The UNOLS Charter is located at:




UNOLS Fleet Improvement Committee

One position will open this year.


UNOLS is seeking nominations to fill a Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) vacancy that will open this fall.


The Fleet Improvement Committee works to assure the continuing excellence of the UNOLS Fleet and to assure that the number, mix and overall capability of ships in the UNOLS fleet match the science requirements of academic oceanography in the U.S. This is an important time for the FIC as several stages of new vessel design, construction and transition to operations are in progress.


Candidates should be experienced in the UNOLS Fleet and shipboard science activities. The committee membership should represent diverse disciplines and broad geographic interests.  To maintain a disciplinary balance on the FIC, individuals with research expertise in biological oceanography or Paleoceanography are preferred.  The position must be filled by a candidate from a UNOLS ship operator institution.  The committee members are appointed by the UNOLS Chair based on the recommendation of the FIC and with the concurrence of the UNOLS Council.


FIC members are expected to attend two FIC meetings annually. One meeting is normally held in the fall in conjunction with the UNOLS Council and Annual meetings at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. The second meeting is typically held in the winter/late spring and the location will vary from year to year. Terms of office are three years, each with the possibility of re-election for a second term. For additional information about FIC, please visit their website at: <>.


Applicants or nominees should submit:

           A current 2-page C.V.

           A statement of interest to serve on FIC

           A summary of experience using research vessels and other oceanographic facilities.


Copies of these materials should be sent to the UNOLS Office <> by May 31, 2013.


For additional information about FIC and committee responsibilities contact the FIC Chair, Clare Reimers <>.