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Marine Scientist


Job Description

Job ID: 307968
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 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 Marine Scientist will work under the direction of a Senior Project Manager to enhance PNNL’s capabilities in the interface between science, policy, and resource management.
This position will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to contribute to a program of ocean energy development that focuses on understanding the energy resources, potential environmental effects, and pathways to deployment and operation of successful wave, tidal, and wind energy devices and projects. The ocean energy team provides extensive collection, analysis, and dissemination of information on effects and potential end markets for marine energy and examines barriers to development of these technologies.
Initially, the Marine Scientist will contribute to ongoing research efforts and manage medium sized tasks, but will be expected to assume more responsibility in task direction and project management. Will be required to work independently, but closely coordinate activities with team members and project managers, and be expected to lead small sized research teams of one to five people.
Responsibilities include:
- Produce high technical quality of research work products
- Manage interdisciplinary project teams of peers and subordinates.
- Participate in business development activities. May lead technical section of small to medium proposals.
- Lead and mentor junior staff.

This position may be located in either Sequim, WA, or Seattle, WA.

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 5 years of experience, or MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience.
- 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.

Preferred Qualifications

- MS or PhD degree in a marine field
- Ability to work on several tasks concurrently.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307968
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Coastal Sciences
Group: Coastal Research