Senior Fisheries Scientist

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL
  • Washington, United States
  • Oct 27, 2016
Full time Other

Job Description

The Ecology Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a Senior Fisheries Scientist to lead and participate on collaborative research teams in support of federally-funded programs looking for science and technology solutions to monitor and predict impacts of waterpower development and operation (notably hydropower) on fish passage survival.
The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team that has expertise in aquatic and terrestrial biology, hydraulic and electrical engineering, and environmental policy especially related to endangered species protection.  
The successful candidate will combine excellent scientific credentials and commitment to impact on critical scientific/technical problems facing the United States with a strong ethic of service to the scientific community that includes enthusiasm for mentoring early-career scientists and engineers.

Key responsibilities will be to effectively participate in multidisciplinary teams, develop and manage laboratory and/or field activities, and provide technical direction on existing research projects. Specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to:
- Apply state-of-the-art technologies and technical approaches that have high scientific impact and help resolve complex, national and international challenges.
- Help influence the direction of PNNL’s science strategies through novel application of science and technology to monitor fish and aquatic animals in their environment in order to better understand relationships to anthropogenic development of rivers and other waterbodies.    
- Work with members of technical and management teams to generate new project concepts and lead proposals with a total value greater than $500K/year.
- Publish key scientific findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals as well as present scientific work at professional conferences.
- Participate in professional societies at the regional, national and international level.
- Comply with PNNL’s policies regarding environmental health and safety, waste management, protection of intellectual property, and animal care and use.

- Accountable to relevant product line managers and technical group managers for project development, execution, and closure.

Minimum Qualifications

-Bachelor's degree with at least 5 years experience or a Master's degree with 3 years experience or a PhD with 1-2 years experience. Must be a skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

-Preferred candidate will have a PhD in Fisheries Science, Ecology, or a closely related field and 3 or more years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- Developing and growing research reputation with distinguished professional achievements, including excellent technical writing skills and a proven publication record.
- Demonstrated collaboration in multidisciplinary efforts to provide solutions to complex problems where the problems are characterized by lack of precedents, source material, or lack of prior success.
- Ability to effectively communicate within a team environment and through presentation of technical work to senior scientists, management, and external peers and clients.
- Demonstrated success at proposal development and project management.
- Ability to perform all aspects of basic and applied research including experimental development, design, analysis, and publication.
- Advanced experience in the areas of fisheries science and engineering; proven and demonstrated ability to understand complex biological and engineering challenges associated with fish passage (upstream and downstream) that involve multiple fish species (e.g., Pacific salmonids, American eels, shad, etc.) and other aquatic animals; biological and engineering characteristics and aspects of telemetry systems (acoustic and radio); and fish biology and physiology including biomechanics, fish behavior, and swimming performance of all life stages.
- Preference will be given to candidates with research experience complementing and supporting the objective of the Ecology Group which is to apply terrestrial and aquatic ecology expertise, innovative research tools, and state-of-the-art laboratories to assess operation, siting, and licensing of energy generation facilities. Our focus is on environmentally sustainable water power and water use in the United States but we are also part of a larger effort of fisheries professionals working on hydropower/energy problems worldwide.
Other Information:
- This position involves business development efforts that will require frequent travel to off-site locations. Operation of research boats and strenuous work in hazardous conditions (e.g., Columbia River, Pacific Ocean) may be required.