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Science Technical/IT Crewmember
Volstad | Worldwide - Base: More og Romsdal, Norway | Deadline: 30 Nov 2019

Volstad Shipping AS takes pride in offering the best possible service level for our customers. We seek well qualified and motivated seafarers that share our business motto: Volstad - expect more We are seeking an ST/IT Crewmember for a high profile vessel with both Yachting and Research vessel focus.

ST/IT Crewmember

The function of the ST role is to install, maintain, integrate and operate the science, networking, audio/visual and satellite communications equipment onboard, to act as the liaison to science parties and to provide support to supernumeraries. This position is expected to require spending a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 8 months per year at sea, with a rotational schedule based on 3 months on/off. Flexibility is required due to no crew changes taking place during missions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Marine Science, Computer Science, Information
  • Systems, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain STCW Basic Safety and Security Awareness certificates
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain Medical Health Certificate with no restrictions as to serving as
  • an officer
  • Minimum of 5 years of oceanographic/marine technical experience at sea and/or ashore
  • Computer skillset at systems administrator-level of knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience working with oceanographic research systems at sea
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills


The Science Technology Officer’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as onboard helpdesk, systems administrator and network engineer. In that role the ST will:
  • Install and configure software and hardware for both science and ship operations
  • Manage network servers, desktops, laptops, iPads and technology tools
  • Set up and manage user accounts and access controls
  • Monitor performance and maintain systems according to requirements and troubleshoot issues
  • Ensure security and traffic management through access controls, backups and firewalls
  • Upgrade systems with new software and hardware releases, including security updates
  • Develop and implement protocols to train staff on new technologies
  • Maintain technical documentation, manuals and IT policies

Act as onboard science responsible and laboratory technician. In that role, the ST will:

  • Act as Science Liaison between ship's crew, science party and supernumeraries including
  • participation in pre-cruise mission planning, daily briefings, and post-mission assessments. Also, act
  • to ensure proper lab and oceanographic safety protocols are being followed by all personnel
  • Operate and maintain various science systems, including: Kongsberg Multibeam Sonar including
  • XBT Sound Velocity acquisition
  • Simrad EK80 echosounder
  • Knudsen sub-bottom profiler
  • SeaBird and RBR CTD packages including hydrographic winch operation
  • Navigational GPS and motion reference units
  • Ultra-Short Baseline submersible tracking system
  • Data Acquisition Systems

Oversee proper use and maintenance of shipboard laboratory equipment Provide documentation of science equipment and activities, including cruise reports, data/technical issues, logs, staging data and metadata by cruise for science party and archive Work with shore side support team to monitor scientific hardware and software developments and take appropriate steps to provide modern and effective science capability Assist other ship departments as necessary, including work on deck and in small boats

Desired Skills and Knowledge

The successful candidate will have a broad scope of knowledge of the types of systems commonly found on research vessels, including scientific, ship navigation, communications, and IT/AV equipment. The following specific skills or experience are desired:

  • Familiarity with various operating systems and platforms, including MacOS, Microsoft Windows,
  • and Ubuntu Linux
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows Server-based networking, including Active Directory/
  • AzureAD, Exchange/Office365, DNS/DHCP, and File and Print Sharing
  • Knowledge of system security (e.g. intrusion detection systems) and data backup/recovery
  • Specific knowledge or related experience with the following technologies: Cisco networking
  • equipment (LAN, WLAN, and WAN technologies)
  • Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell EMC storage arrays, and Dell Desktops and Laptops.
  • Kaleidescape/Crestron-based entertainment systems
  • Pelco/Mobotix CCTV systems
  • C and Ku-band Cobham and Intellian VSAT systems, SeaTel and iDirect BDE equipment and
  • Iridium communications systems
  • Kerio Control Firewalls
  • Panasonic PABX telephone systems
  • MOXA Serial over IP systems
  • Serial/UDP Data communication

SCUBA diver certification from an accredited organization Experience piloting UAVs It is essential that the candidate has a very good understanding of electronics and knows how to find necessary information about various system setups, configurations and to get relevant assistance when needed.


  • The remuneration will depend on experience and documented formal qualifications.
  • Fixed Salary, paid 12 times per year.
  • Social Security packages according to Vessel Flag Regulations.
  • Volstad Shipping AS - a workplace to be proud of

Type of employment Permanent position

Contract type Full time

First day of employment To be agreed - Probably January 2020 at latest

Salary to be agreed

Working hours 100%

City Worldwide Operation

County Møre og Romsdal

Country Norway

Contact Bjørn Inge Furuli +47 70111880

Published 2019-09-30

Last application date 2019-11-30

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