Call for Nominations to FIC Committee!

Feb 27, 2019
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Call for Nominations - Fleet Improvement Committee
One position will open in spring 2019

Deadline for Nominations: March 24, 2019

UNOLS  is  seeking  nominations  and  applications  to  fill  one  vacancy  on  the  Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) that will open in spring 2019.

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 is as follows:

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

The committee membership should represent diverse disciplines and broad geographic interests.  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:


Nominees and applicants should submit:

• A current 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 March 24, 2019.   For additional information about FIC and committee responsibilities contact the FIC Chair, Jim Swift at <> or Annette DeSilva at <>.   

* 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, UT-Austin, LUMCON, WHOI, and L-DEO.