Research Scientist II (Agriculture)
Lynxnet, an Akima Company, is an agile and innovative government contractor focused on delivering the very best value to every customer. We are also a military-friendly employer, supporting critical initiatives in rapid prototyping and fabrication, program support services, and technical support services across the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and federal civilian agencies. Our personnel enjoy competitive benefits packages and challenging roles in work environments committed to innovation, diversity and opportunity for career growth. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 100% of our company's profits go back to our 14,300 Iñupiat shareholders that have resided near and above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years. Our business helps support their way of life and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived in a challenging environment.
The Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC), as an integral part of its mission, conducts research in Biochemistry and Physiology. The Biochemistry and Physiology Branch is involved in chemical, biochemical, and toxicological research on the effects of chemicals and other stressors on the environment, including effects of physical alterations of habitats, nutrient deficiencies, and invasive species.
The purpose of this task order is to provide scientific information to resource managers within the Department of Interior which they require to carry out their trustee responsibilities. Current research efforts include molecular tools for eDNA detection of invasive Asian Carp and eDNA detection and identification of freshwater mussels, and research assistance is needed to support Principal Investigators managing the various projects.
Conduct Laboratory and Field Investigations
The candidate shall conduct research with USGS project leaders and other team members to:
Perform assignments in planning the approach and designing experiments needed to carry out laboratory and field studies on eDNA for detection, monitoring, and characterization of populations of organisms, as applied to: invasive Asian carp; species using surface waters and thus at risk for exposure to waste products from uranium mining; threatened populations of freshwater mussels; and other situations of interest to resource managers.
Conceive, formulate, and conduct research relevant to the development and application of molecular and genetic techniques including environmental DNA (eDNA) for detection and characterization of populations of interest.
Author and co-author peer-reviewed publications and other products that contribute to the scientific understanding of the subject
Serve as a source of information on his/her own research to USGS scientists and to others outside the organization working in areas related to project investigations, as needed.
Address information needs of Department of Interior (DOI) and other federal and state agencies, as needed.
Adherence to All Appropriate Branch and Center Procedures
The candidate shall adhere to all pertinent CERC procedures specified by laws, rules, policies, and guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining detailed records and sample chain of custody; following protocols and standard operating procedures; and following all CERC safety, biosecurity, data quality, animal care and use, and administrative guidance.
The work involves prolonged standing with occasional walking and bending. The work also involves wading in streams and occasional use of non-motorized watercraft. The candidate will work in a wide variety of weather conditions. Some lifting of heavy containers and nets of 25-50 pounds will occasionally be required.
Professional knowledge of environmental biology, and a strong background or specialization in genetics and molecular biology
Experience with approaching and designing experiments needed to carry out laboratory and field studies on eDNA for detection, monitoring, and characterization of populations of organisms
Knowledge or experience in environmental DNA analysis, DNA sequence analysis, quantitative sequence detection techniques including quantitative PCR and digital PCR, and the procedures of scientific research design, field sampling, data collection, and data analysis
Capable of preparing descriptive scientific reports on the results of research activities for USGS publication and administrative use, and produce data sets from at least one field survey or laboratory experiment per three months.
Must be able to work independently, as well as encounter routine interaction with USGS scientists and collaborators for the purpose of scheduling and completing studies and data analysis and interpretation.
3-5 years of relevant experience
Requires a Ph.D. in area of in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or a related field
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