The Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee (AICC), a committee of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), serves a liaison function by providing oversight and advice to the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs and to U.S. research icebreaker operators, for the purpose of enhancing scientific facilities and capabilities aboard U.S. research icebreakers, primarily the USCGC HEALY (operator: United States Coast Guard) and the RV SIKULIAQ (operator: University of Alaska Fairbanks). The AICC solicits, synthesizes, and presents the needs of the Arctic science community to the icebreaker operators and to the NSF, fulfilling an ombudsman role when necessary and facilitating the efficient and effective execution of scientific research by U.S. icebreakers. The AICC also promotes new technology for Arctic research and its utilization on U.S. icebreakers, and provides information to the scientific community to facilitate national and international research projects on Arctic icebreakers. The AICC accomplishes these tasks through email discussions, telephone debriefs of current-year research cruises, and annual meetings and telephone conferences. Annual meetings are typically held in person at Coast Guard Base Seattle, where the USCGC HEALY is based. Additional AICC teleconferences are also scheduled. Travel costs for AICC members for these meetings are supported through the UNOLS office.
AICC is currently seeking applications for three new members willing to help the Arctic scientific community meet these needs over a three-year term, starting in mid-2021. Nominees should be polar scientists with an expertise in chemical, physical, biological or geological oceanography or in meteorology; with polar field experience, particularly icebreaker experience; and a record of Arctic research. The disciplinary balance and expertise of the current AICC membership, and diversity of institutional representation, are additional considerations. Application packages should include a CV with a cover letter that includes (a) field experience; (b) Arctic research publication record; (c) and expression of interest in the AICC's activities. Interested applicants are invited to submit their applications to the UNOLS Office by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 31, 2021.
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