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Marine Research Engineer - Sequim, WA


Job Description

Job ID: 307970
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 is for a marine research engineer with the skills and background to support development and testing of a wide variety of monitoring systems that would be deployed in coastal marine environments. The successful candidate for this position will have experience with cabled and autonomous devices and platforms; interfacing on-board and networked power and communications systems; acoustic, RADAR, and video systems; and system deployment, control, testing, and retrieval in coastal marine waters. PNNL is looking for expertise to aid in product development and testing that is focused on understanding and quantifying marine aquatic environments (above and below the water line), particularly with regard to biological resources, understanding and solving conflicts between human activities and the health of aquatic biota and waters, and detecting and tracking hydrocarbon spills in marine environments.

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.
- Provide technical contributions in aquatic sensing system engineering and measurement, with specific applications to coastal water environments.
- Assist in conception, development, and execution of engineering projects to design, build, and/or test systems that characterize specific aspects of the coastal maritime environment.
- Support teams of marine sensor system developers and analysts both within PNNL and outside the laboratory.
- Participate in development and application of systems for detection, characterization, and localization of marine biota; quantify water quality conditions; and quantify the nature and extent of underwater disturbance from maritime activities.
- Grow professional network across PNNL and nationally.
- Support research proposals that lead to significant external funding.
- Mentor junior staff and students.
Initially, the incumbent will contribute to ongoing research efforts, define and lead project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. 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 manage small sized tasks and lead 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 Sequim, 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 2+ years of experience, or MS/MA or PHD with 0 years of experience.
- Both laboratory testing and fieldwork experience
- Background in marine energy, defense or other uses of the marine environment.
- Excellent oral and written skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- MS or PhD degree in a marine engineering field

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307970
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Coastal Sciences
Group: Coastal Research