Tuesday, March 05, 2013

BOUSSOLE project manager

Project manager for BOUSSOLE

A project manager position is proposed (with a start as soon as possible;
ideally beginning
of May 2013) at the "Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, LOV",
within the "Marine optics and remote sensing" group (see at
http://www.obs-vlfr.fr/LOV/OMT). Our group is
composed of 8 scientists, 9 engineers and a dozen of Post-Docs, Phds and
trainees. We are
embedded into the "Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche"
which employs about 180 total staff (60 researchers).
The proposed job develops within the "BOUSSOLE" project, whose main
goals are fundamental
bio-optics research and calibration/validation activities for satellite
ocean color sensors. The
project is centered on the development, deployment, and maintenance of a
deep-sea mooring
of a new type, precisely designed and dedicated to marine optics
measurements (inherent and
apparent optical properties), and on monthly cruises on the mooring
site. The project started
10 years ago, and is now in a quasi-operational phase. The project is
funded by the European
Space Agency (ESA), the National French Space Agency (CNES), the US
National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), and our National Scientific Research
Institute, CNRS/INSU. See at

The job includes a series of management tasks in assistance to, and in
close contact with, the
project PI (David Antoine), and a research activity using the data
collected by the project. The
management tasks include:
>• Coordinating the local project team, which includes several engineers
>and technicians.
>• Supervising the organization of buoy deployment/recovery cruises.
>• Working toward improvement of the project organization, and of the
>buoy+mooring system design.
>• Managing a matchup database (i.e., regularly providing
>quality-controlled in situ data to space
>agencies for cal/val of current and future ocean color satellite
>• Managing the project web site, which hosts the project database.
>• Contributing to establishing/maintaining a technical report series.
>• Writing progress reports, preparing progress meetings.
>• Contributing to the writing of research proposals.
>• Contributing to possible outreach activities.
>The research activity classically consists of scientific data analysis
>and manuscript preparation for
>peer-reviewed literature and conferences (subjects open to discussion).
>Candidates should be suitably qualified (Phd level) in optics of
>geophysical fluids, in particular
>marine optics, and have the necessary technical background/experience.
>We seek candidates
>with several years of experience in similar positions, in order to be
>operational as rapidly as
>possible. In case French is not your native language, proficiency in
>French would be appreciated
>although not mandatory (English is fine). Capabilities to work at sea
>would be appreciated as well.
>Annual salary will depend on the past experience of the candidate (we
>can accommodate an
>annual take home up to about 36000€ after social security taxes are
>taken, but before general
>taxes). The location is in Villefranche/mer, near Nice on the French
>Riviera. The position will start
>for a year, renewable in case the candidate and the project PI are
>willing to do so.
>CVs accompanied by the appropriate covering letter, as well as requests
>for additional information,
>are to be sent to the project PI, at antoine@obs-vlfr.fr (with
>"Boussole-Position" in the subject line),
>with copy to Vincenzo Vellucci: enzo@obs-vlfr.fr

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