Positions in UFS Science Branch

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SCIENCE

From sensor readings to figuring out a way to enter the strange spacial anomaly, the science department is responsible for recording data, testing new ideas out, and making discoveries.

Chief Science Officer

Responsible for running the science department, the Chief Science Officer is stationed at the science station on the bridge and is continually working to gather and make sense of scientific data.

Assistant Chief Science Officer

Responsible for assisting the Chief of Science in the day-to-day running of the department. While carrying out their own duties they also oversee the rest of the departments research.

Temporal Specialist

Responsible for investigating all temporal anomalies. The Temporal Specialist is well versed on data regarding how temporal phenomenon form, and how they may be dissipated.

Stellar Cartographer

Responsible for managing the star charts and coordinating navigation with the flight control officers, the Stellar Cartographer is always adding the the map of the galaxy to better Starfleet's knowledge of it.

Astrometric Specialist

Responsible for the determination of fundamental positions, motions and distances of selected celestial objects. Observations made with special astronomical instruments are used to conduct investigations on characteristics of these objects and to determine their relative positions for the purpose of establishing reference frames in the sky. Utilizing advanced equipment and methods.

Biologist

Often associated with the medical department as well, the biologist's role entails the studies of botany, biology, zoology, and the other life sciences.

Xenobiologist

A xenobiologist is usually a human doctor or biologist who is expert on the physiology of alien organisms and life forms.

Exobiologist

The branch of biology that deals with the search for extraterrestrial life and the effects of extraterrestrial surroundings on living organisms.

Botanist

Botany covers a wide range of scientific disciplines that study the growth, reproduction, metabolism, development, diseases, ecology, and evolution of plants. Is responsible for cataloguing any new species of plants, collection of specimens, and the properties of the aforementioned plant

Cetacean/Aquatic Specialist

Is responsible for the for cataloguing, documentation of any new marine species, collection of specimens, and study of the animal's habitat.

Physicist

A physicist is a scientist trained in physics. Physicists study a wide range of physical phenomena spanning all length scales: from the sub-atomic particles from which all ordinary matter is made (particle physics) to the behaviour of the material Universe as a whole (cosmology). There are numerous different branches of physics and each has its corresponding specialists, such as astrophysicists, geophysicists, or biophysicists.

Geophysicist

Geophysics, the study of the earth by quantitative physical methods, especially by seismic reflection and refraction, geodesy, gravity, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic, and radioactivity methods.

It includes the branches of:

  • Seismology (earthquakes and elastic waves)
  • Gravity and geodesy (the earth's gravitational field and the size and form of the earth)
  • Atmospheric science, which includes:
  • Atmospheric electricity and terrestrial magnetism (including ionosphere, Van Allen belts, telluric currents, Radiant energy, etc.)
  • Meteorology and Climatology, which both involve studies of the weather.
  • Aeronomy, the study of the physical structure and chemistry of the atmosphere.
  • Geothermometry (heating of the earth, heat flow, volcanology, and hot springs)
  • Hydrology (ground and surface water, sometimes including glaciology)
  • Physical oceanography
  • Tectonophysics (geological processes in the earth)
  • Exploration and engineering geophysics
  • Geophysical Engineering
  • Geodesy

Archaeologist

Study of cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. Most history is not described by any written records. Writing did not exist anywhere in the world until about 5000 years ago, and only spread among a relatively small number of technologically advanced civilisations. In contrast Homo sapiens have existed for at least 200,000 years, and other species for millions of years.

Cultural Resource Management is an important part of archaeology. Among the goals of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) are the identification, preservation, and maintenance of cultural sites on public and private lands, and the removal of culturally valuable materials from areas where they would otherwise be destroyed by activity, such as proposed construction. This study involves at least a cursory examination to determine whether or not any significant archaeological sites are present in the area affected by the proposed construction. If these do exist, time and money must be allotted for their excavation. If initial survey and/or test excavation indicates the presence of an extraordinarily valuable site, the construction may be prohibited entirely. We are not talking Indiana Jones here.

Alien Anthropologist

Responsible for studying newly discovered aliens and life forms, they are well versed in most known alien cultures, both past and present. Generally works closely or in tandem with the archaeologists.

Language Specialist

Well versed in alien languages, codes, and how to recognize and identify new languages, the language specialist sometimes doubles as a translator when the universal translator is not viable.

Historian

The job of the historian has been important for thousands of years, to the extent that the definition of history has frequently been simply recorded history. The closely allied job of the chronicler often produces similar work as the historian and they are often considered together. The chronicler usually records events as they happen, so they engage less in delving back into history and there is often less historical analysis in their work. Many chronicles have short early histories attached so that they will start from the beginning of the world. These prefaces are usually of much less historical interest. While ancient writers do not normally share modern historical practices, their work remains valuable for its insights within its cultural context. Modern historical analysis usually draws upon most of the other social sciences, including economics, sociology, politics, psychology, philosophy and linguistics, in order to ensure these narratives are thorough, balanced and holistic.

An important part of the job of many modern historians is the verification or dismissal of earlier historical accounts through reviewing newly discovered sources, recent scholarship, or through parallel disciplines such as archaeology.

Lab Technician

Responsible for assisting the specialist in their respective tasks, collecting data, running experiments, collecting samples. While never at the forefront of the scientific community, without their contrbution scientific progress would grind to a halt.

Science Officer

While the fields of science are very specific, non-specialized science officers serve to assist the specialists in their tests and analysis.

Research Assistant

The research assistant is responsible for researching additional information to run experiments make reports or give any general information that is needed to senior officers or specialists.