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Chief Science Officer
You are the Chief Science Officer. You are responsible for the research department. You handle the science aspects of the project and liase with the corporate interests of the Expeditionary Corps Organisation. Make sure science gets done, do some yourself, and get your scientists on away missions to find things to benefit the project. Advise the CO on science matters.
Difficulty: Hard
Access: All Research Departments, Bridge, Chief Science Officer's Office, Teleporter, Pathfinder's Office, Hangar, Hangar Vessels
Related guides: Standard Operating Procedure, Corporate Regulations, Alert Procedure, Guide to Research and Development, Guide to Xenoarchaeology, Guide to Xenobiology, Guide to Xenobotany, Guide to Anomalies
EC branch ranks: Lieutenant(O-3)

The Chief Science Officer is an Expeditionary Officer held position aboard the SEV Torch, charged with maintaining efficiency within the Research and Exploration departments. They are responsible for authorizing and monitoring the activities/experiments of the vessel's scientists and explorers, ensuring that sufficient discoveries, progress, and potential profit is derived from their personnel.

As an officer (O-3) aboard the SEV Torch and a fellow member of the Command Department, the Chief Science Officer answers directly to the Commanding Officer. However, respect to a superior officer such as the Executive Officer and potential corporate personnel is highly suggested.

The Role

As is the case for most Head of Staff roles, the Chief Science Officer is largely an administrator rather than an executive. Their job is to ensure that the Research department has the resources, personnel, expertise, and coordination to operate smoothly. They can issue priority research projects to their scientists to focus on whatever they feel is important at the time, and the Senior Researcher is generally responsible for seeing that such projects are completed in a timely fashion.

The Chief Science officer is aboard to serve as the connection between Research/Exploration affairs and the Command team, as such they are first and foremost the primary coordinator of their respective departments rather than an being personally active within the laboratories/experiments. Responsible with the requisitioning of supplies outside of Supply Department control and ensuring compliance with Sol Government regulations regarding the active experiments aboard. In basis, they are concerned with the administration and documentation of their departmental affairs. Responsibility for implementation of their desired scientific-pursuits or explorative goals are to be handled by the Senior Researcher or Pathfinder respectively.

While their primary role is always to act as administration, the Chief Science Officer is also assumed to be at least functional in most of the various fields of Research. This is important not so much for them doing the work themselves in emergencies, as might be the case with the Chief Engineer or Chief Medical Officer, but rather for making sure that they know what to do if an experiment goes wrong. If Xenobiology suffers a containment failure and a hostile xenobiological is spreading throughout the department, or an anomaly accidentally opens a portal to Hell, it's the Chief Science Officer's job to know how to stop it and to get it done before anything truly dire comes to pass.

Regarding Exploration, the Chief Science Officer should be brought into the discussion regarding away-destination selection(s), along with the Pathfinder aboard if present. These two individuals are considered the most experienced regarding making decisions such as these. Nevertheless, the Commanding Officer may entirely overrule their opinions and have the SEV Torch maneuvered to a location of their choice. Upon the request or requirement of scientist/xenoarcheologist presence during away-missions, the Chief Science Officer is the deciding individual as to what personnel will be dispatched to assist their Pathfinder for the given assignment.

Relationship With Command

While the Chief Science Officer is still under the Commanding Officer's authority when it comes to operations outside of the department, within Research, they are the ultimate arbiter of essentially everything. So long as regulations aren't breached (or, if they are breached, if these breaches aren't reported by the Corporate Liaison, or the EXO decides to look the other way in favor of increased profit margins), the Chief Science Officer's word is essentially law.

Even outside of their own department, the other Command personnel's authority over the CSO has practical limitations. The CSO is still subject to Sol Central Government Law, and can be arrested and punished according to this.