• Genetics Research Assistant

    Posted Date 3 months ago(5/1/2018 12:08 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Security Clearance Level
    National Agency Check (Client Initiated)
  • Responsibilities

    CSS-Inc. is seeking support marine scientists with experience with academic training in marine biology, ecology, genetics, mapping, and GIS for a Research Assistantship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Deep Coral Ecology Laboratory (DCEL) in Charleston, SC. The goal of DCEL is to develop information for ecosystem management through research, monitoring, and assessment on the distribution and ecology of deep coral organisms and their habitats. Specifically, the Lab conducts ecological and oceanographic studies that map, characterize, assess, and model the spatial distributions of deep corals and sponges and movements of associated marine organisms across habitats, as well as human use and valuation of marine ecosystem services throughout the United States and Island Territories.


    We are seeking an individual(s) who loves working in a team environment; has well-developed analytical abilities including a solid understanding of genetics; is experienced with genetic barcoding and taxonomy of deep water corals, thinks critically and communicates clearly, and who also has a background in marine science, quantitative ecology or environmental sciences. The successful candidate(s) will join an experienced scientific team at the forefront of developing informational products for resource managers by combining multiple biological data sets in creative ways. The position includes the following core responsibilities:


    1. Provide statistical and analytical support for NOAA scientific projects that characterize and assess mesophotic octocoral ecosystems and their genetic diversity
    2. Participate in research projects at sea and in the laboratory
    3. Produce detailed statistical summaries and analyses of collected data
    4. Evaluate and analyze data to create phylogenetic trees of coral taxa
    5. Develop DNA barcodes, upload data products and associated metadata
    6. Assist with writing technical reports and journal articles
    7. Collaborate with and travel to agencies (federal, state, academic) that may provide data or expertise to vet analytical approaches or products



    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, or Zoology, or a related field
    • Present enrollment in an accredited Graduate Student program in SC
    • Excellent and proven written and oral communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work under pressure with limited supervision and work comfortably in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects, multiple stakeholders and frequent deadlines
    • Knowledge of marine biology, genetics, and spatial ecology
    • Proficiency in word processing, database and spreadsheet applications (e.g., Microsoft Office or Google applications) and use of statistical analysis tools
    • Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required
    • Must be available to start on or about May 7, 2018.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Relevant experience or academic training in genetics, including DNA extraction and amplification techniques
    • Experience with QA/QC of genetic data
    • Experience with use of GenBank to archive public data
    • Graduate training in statistics and demonstrated experience in multivariate statistics
    • Experience with statistical software e.g., SAS, Primer, R software, and/or JMP

    CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities



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