Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters Research Associate - Fisheries in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306748

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Ecology


Job Description

Assist with research on (1) effects of hydropower operations on survival of juvenile salmon through the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette River hydro-power systems, (2) investigations on the influence of implanting transmitters into fish, and (3) general development of acoustic telemetry techniques to determine behavior and survival of salmonids. Project responsibilities may include fieldwork, collecting and documenting habitat of fish, handling fish, and contributing to a team effort to conduct large fish passage and survival studies at Columbia, Snake, and Willamette River dams. These studies involve deploying, retrieving, maintaining, and testing acoustic telemetry and radio telemetry equipment, assisting with surgical implantation of transmitters in fish, and post-surgery holding, transport, and release of live tagged fish according to a detailed time schedule. Team members also will help collect, process, and analyze acoustic and radio tag detection data and assist with writing technical reports. Successful candidate may also assist with laboratory studies handling fish, conducting in-depth necropsies, and maintaining fish populations and aquaculture facilities.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in biology or a fisheries-related field and within the last two years graduated with a master’s degree in a similar discipline. Proficient knowledge of telemetry study design and array maintenance is desirable. Other desirable experience includes handling fish, surgical implantation of tags, managing and analyzing data (MS Excel, SAS, etc.). It is a requirement that candidates have experience in technical report writing and presentation of resultant data. Desirable characteristics include attention to detail, the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, possession of a strong work ethic, and a willingness to work many extra hours when warranted. Extensive travel may be required of this position.

Master’s degree in fisheries or biology related field.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Ecology

Opening Date: 2017-07-29

Closing Date: 2017-08-19