U.S. nationals: Post Masters Research Associate (Hydropower)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richland, WA, US

Job Description

Assist with research on (1) effects of hydropower operations on survival of juvenile and adult salmon through the White, Columbia, Snake, and Willamette River hydropower systems, (2) general development of acoustic and radio telemetry techniques and data analyses to determine behavior and survival of salmonids, and (3) investigations on the physiology of fish as it relates to recovery of ESA listed salmonids in the Pacific Northwest. 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 White, 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. Studies also include the evaluation of the physiological effects of dam passage. Team members will help collect, process, and analyze acoustic and radio tag detection data and physiological data, and assist with writing technical reports. The 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 fisheries, environmental sciences, or a biology-related field and within the last two years graduated with a master’s degree in a similar discipline. Knowledge of telemetry study design and array maintenance is desirable. Other desirable experience includes physiological responses of fish to stress, handling fish, and managing and analyzing data (MS Excel, R Programming, SAS, SigmaPlot, 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, environmental sciences, or biology-related field.

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 jobs.pnnl.gov.

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Other Information

Long hours, inclement weather, industrial hydroelectric projects, work on water, heavy lifting.





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