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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Fisheries Researcher in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310971

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group:Ecology Group

Organization Statement

  • This position in based in Richland, WA; some travel to other locations may be required

Job Description

Working within interdisciplinary teams, the Ecology Group uses expertise in ecology and earth system processes to develop and deploy unique research tools and technologies that evaluate ecosystem resiliency in the face of human development, with an emphasis on studying the effects of energy generation facilities on fish and wildlife. Our science and technology help government agencies and corporate land managers accomplish their primary missions while protecting and enhancing ecological resources. We offer in-depth knowledge of ecosystem management that balances operational demands with effective stewardship of natural resources.

We have four major focus areas: Environmental assessment of energy systems, data analytics and geospatial science, applied fisheries science, and environmental policy and impacts analysis.

Representative duties:

  • Studies the interaction of the environment with human activities

  • Uses scientific principles, instrument measurements, computer models, data analysis and knowledge of policy and regulatory drivers to study the environment and/or develop solutions to environmental problems.

  • Leverages knowledge and tools from fields such as ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, geochemistry, soil science, geology, hydrology, etc.

  • Ability to generate ideas for new proposals and demonstrated success in business development to support research program

  • Strong quantitative, analytical and modeling capabilities as demonstrated through science and technical reports, presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Broad training in biological science that spans organizational level from cellular to organism.

  • Demonstrates creative problem solving when faced with integrating state-of-the-art biological techniques into fisheries science and management applications.

  • Collaborative team member with leadership experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 3 years of experience

  • PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree should be in fisheries science, ecology, biology, bioengineering, or a closely related field; Ph.D. is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience leading a diverse and vibrant research program including success in securing external funding in a competitive funding climate

  • The ideal candidate will have specialized training and experience in one or more of the following: quantitative fisheries science including data analytics, modeling, and coding (e.g., R, Python); physiology; aquaculture; otolith microchemistry; genetics; biotechnology; synthetic biology; toxicology; bioengineering.

  • Proven record of peer-reviewed publications and engagement with professional societies

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Ecology

Opening Date: 2020-06-30

Closing Date: 2020-08-28