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Marine Scientist - Seattle, WA

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307658
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is developing robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, global climate change, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology and marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects. This position will be located in the PNNL Seattle Office and will report to the Coastal Research Technical Group; however, the staff member will work under the direction of a Senior Program Manager who reports directly to the Director, Marine Sciences Laboratory.

The Marine Scientist will provide research support in the form of literature searches, analyzing existing scientific findings and compiling knowledgeable syntheses, preparing policy and technical position papers, developing work plans, coordinating research projects and proposals with PNNL staff, developing materials, agendas, and reports for meetings and workshops, working collaboratively with scientists and engineers within PNNL and outside the laboratory; and representing PNNL at meetings. The staff member will work under the direction of a Senior Program Manager to enhance PNNL’s capabilities in the interface between science, policy, and resource management.

The staff member will participate on a team of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers to develop and implement research projects associated with marine and aquatic systems.
Research emphasis will be on projects that support the development of renewable ocean power; management of water resources; role of carbon flux and ocean acidification in the coastal ocean; restoration of coastal ecosystems; and evaluation of technologies to treat shipboard ballast water for the control of marine invasive species.

Initially, the incumbent will contribute to ongoing research efforts and manage small to medium sized tasks. In time, the staff member will assume more responsibility in task direction and project management. The staff member will be required to work independently, but closely coordinate activities with team members and project managers. Staff member will be expected to lead small sized research teams of one to five people.

The staff member will be accountable for high technical quality of research project work products; and working with teams of interdisciplinary staff; and directing teams of peers and subordinates.

*This position will be located in Seattle, Washington.

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

Minimum Qualifications

• BS/BA with 2 years of experience, or MS/MA or Ph.D. with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• MS or PhD degree in a marine field
• Experience working with marine stakeholders, which could include state or federal government regulators or planners, researchers, or industry staff.
• Background in marine energy or other uses of the marine environment.
• Excellent oral and written skills.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307658
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Coastal Sciences
Group: Coastal Research

Other Information

This position will be located in Seattle, Washington.