• Marine Biologist

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/23/2018 9:11 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Full-Time 40
    Security Clearance Level
    National Agency Check (Client Initiated)
  • Responsibilities


    CSS is recruiting for a Marine Biologist to conduct biogeographic research in the Marine Spatial Ecology Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) research laboratories in Charleston, South Carolina. 


    Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will join an experienced scientific research team in NOAA’s Deep Coral Ecology Lab (DCEL) to conduct: 1) quantitative spatial analyses of geographic data, and 2) genetic analyses of coral tissues for connectivity and phylogenetic studies, in order to contribute to the development of informational products for marine resource managers.   Specific responsibilities include: 1) statistical and analytical support for DCEL projects that characterize and assess deep-sea ecosystems and the spatial distributions of fish and invertebrate biota; 2) produce detailed statistical summaries and analyses of collected data, including manual and code-based QA/QC of large, multi-parameter datasets; 3) evaluate and analyze data to create GIS maps of benthic habitats and species distributions, as well as managed areas, fishing effort, ports and harbors, and navigational data from submersible vehicles; 4) conduct genetic and morphological analyses of coral tissues collected at sea and from museums, to support phylogenetic and connectivity studies; 5) assist with writing, figures, reviews and layout of technical reports and journal articles; 6) participate in field surveys to collect images, tissue samples, and water chemistry data, and manage these data consistent with federal standards; and 7) collaborate and travel to agencies (federal, state, academic) that may provide data or expertise to vet analytical approaches or products.


    Minimum requirements: Master’s degree AND three years working experience beyond Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, or Zoology, or a related field; knowledge of marine biology, genetics, data science, and spatial ecology; demonstrated excellent 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; and demonstrated proficiency in word processing, coding, database and spreadsheet applications (e.g., MS Office), PCR and DNA amplification, GIS software and use of statistical analysis tools.

    Physical requirements: ability to work proficiently with computer key boards and read monitors; and, the ability to operate equipment on shipboard for the collection of tissue and water samples. 

    Preferred qualifications: Advanced level of experience or academic training in Geographic Information Systems, especially ArcGIS and python coding; advanced image analysis techniques using PhotoQuad; graduate training in statistics and demonstrated experience in multivariate statistics; and experience with statistical software e.g., SAS, Primer and/or JMP.


    To apply please submit a resume, the names and contact information for three professional references, and a cover letter detailing how you meet each of the minimum and preferred qualifications.


    CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.




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