Post Masters Research Associate – Waterpower Science Systems Engineering, Richland, WA

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Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 19 Nov 2021

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them! At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs. Overview PNNL's Earth System Science Division enables energy independence and national security through leadership in earth systems science, engineering, and decision analytics. Our work focuses on solving complex problems in the dynamic Earth system. Our interdisciplinary scientists steward a breadth of efforts that encompass research on plants to groundwater science and coastal zones, to storm prediction. Our research focuses on understanding and mitigating operational risks at the interface of human and natural environments. This includes predicting the impacts of natural hazards and extreme climate events on Earth and human systems, along with the impacts of wildfire, flooding, sea level rise and storm surges. We focus on understanding and mitigating environmental contamination and increasing the resiliency, security and sustainability of water resources. We provide geointelligence through advanced sensing and data analytics to forecast complex system behaviors and operational performance to understand human-natural systems. This includes informed decision making and enhanced community resilience, advanced monitoring, and remote sensing of environmental systems for energy and national security. It also includes developing energy systems, including geothermal energy, sustainable oil and gas production, storage and utilization, along with carbon sequestration. Driven by a “science-to-solutions” philosophy, we provide scientific leadership and technology to enhance national security, mitigate natural hazards and optimize disaster response. In the critical areas of energy, environment, intelligence, and defense, we deliver insights and decision support through the development of tools and solutions. Responsibilities 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. Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment Industrial hydroelectric projects, work on water, heavy lifting. Additional Information This position may require long hours and work in inclement weather. Testing Designated Position This is not a Testing Designated Position. Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at Drug Free Workplace PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Mandatory Requirements Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
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: An ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to data quality and accuracy, strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by scientific publications and conference presentations and be able to work independently and in a team setting Strong written and presentation skills for diverse audiences Understanding of energy and natural resource issues Excellent organizational skills 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 or 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) 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.
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