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Marine Biologist

Canton, North Carolina, US
Closing date
Jan 25, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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CSS is seeking a Marine Biologist for full-time employment to support harmful algal bloom (HAB) laboratory and field research with NOAA's National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) located in Beaufort, NC. The primary focus for this position will be to work with NCCOS and partners to collect environmental and HAB monitoring data, to develop and test HAB detection and quantification technologies, and to develop and validate forecasting products in locations where HABs occur. Another focus will be to support research on deploying and monitoring HAB control technologies in the lab and field. The resulting data will be used to assess the potential impact of HABs and their toxins on coastal ecosystems and to advance NOAA's HAB forecasting goals.

Core Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, able to maintain records, and work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers and partners in laboratory and field settings.

Organize and lead field campaigns with co-workers, partners, and stakeholders with minimal oversight and instruction.

Work independently and as part of a team to:

conduct chemical analysis of samples for algal toxins via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), mass spectrometry, and other methods.

draft scientific papers, project reports, and other products.

ship project samples between Beaufort Laboratory and partner facilities as needed to support project objectives.

conduct general laboratory and field support activities including making culture media, sterilizing glassware, labeling samples and laboratory materials, cleaning laboratory glassware, packing and unpacking field equipment, and other designated science activities.

travel to field locations to collaborate with project partners to collect and process environmental samples and monitoring data. Field duties may necessitate working at odd hours and under adverse weather and sea conditions.

Follow established protocols to process samples of plankton, fish, invertebrates or other biota for algal toxin analysis.

Collate and analyze field and laboratory data, and maintain metadata for graphical or statistical analysis and incorporate results into tables, figures, maps and other products as needed for reports and publications.

Serve as a mentor and subject-matter expert for junior co-workers and other scientists.

Contribute to technical components of HAB research proposals.

Present research findings at national and international conferences, stakeholder meetings, workshops, webinars, etc.


Required Qualifications:

Ph.D with three plus years or M.S. degree with seven plus years of relevant field and lab experience in environmental science, ecology, biological oceanography, marine science or related sciences; and should have an ability to work for extended periods on large and small vessels and in remote field locations under adverse weather or sea conditions.

Experience with basic laboratory and field procedures in biological analysis, chemical analysis and safety, and preferably advanced experience with oceanographic or limnological data collection.

Ability to follow and troubleshoot laboratory protocols and develop new procedures to meet evolving project goals.

Demonstrated experience with peer-reviewed and technical publications and grant-writing.

Experience with using statistical software for data analysis, management, and visualization.

Experience with field collection of environmental samples on vessels or land with sampling bottles, small and large nets, sediment samplers and other collection gear.

The successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, able to maintain records, and work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers and partners in laboratory and field settings.

Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required.

Must be available to start on or about March 2, 2022.

CSS is predominately a Federal Contractor and is subject to following the terms of Executive Orders. CSS requires all Employees (Direct, Indirect, government, state, and commercial), including employees working from home/remotely, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the CSS HR Department.

CSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer who provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, CSS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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