2018 FIC Call for Nominations!

Apr 2, 2018
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UNOLS is seeking nominations to fill one vacancy on the Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC).

The Fleet Improvement Committee works to assure the continuing excellence of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet and to assure that the number, mix and overall capability of ships in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet match the science requirements of academic oceanography in the U.S.  At this time FIC is engaged in several stages of vessel planning including development of science mission requirements, and review of ship improvements and transition to operations.  The future fleet composition, capabilities, capacity, and user demand, along with budgetary realities are all areas that FIC will continue to evaluate. Individuals who wish to contribute to these efforts are needed to fill the open FIC seat.

Candidates should have experience with the U.S. Academic Research Fleet and shipboard science activities. Requirements for the open position are as follows:

  • Non-Operator Position - affiliation with a UNOLS institution that does not operate a UNOLS vessel.

The committee membership should represent diverse disciplines and broad geographic interests. To achieve a disciplinary balance on the FIC, individuals with research expertise in acoustics are especially encouraged to apply. 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 in Alexandria, VA. The second meeting is typically held in the spring and the location will vary from year to year. Terms of office are three years, with the possibility of re-election for a second term. For additional information about FIC, please visit the committee website at: <http://www.unols.org/committee/fleet-improvement-committee-fic>.

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 <office@unols.org> by April 30, 2018.  For additional information about FIC and committee responsibilities contact the FIC Chair, Jim Swift at <jswift@ucsd.edu> or the UNOLS Office (Annette DeSilva or Jon Alberts) at <office@unols.org>.

* To maintain institutional diversity on the FIC, applicants should be from institutions other than those that will continue to be represented on the FIC. These institutions are: SIO, U. Washington, CU Boulder, ODU, LUMCON, L-DEO, and WHOI.