Seattle, WA

Lynker is seeking a Scientist V to support the NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AKFSC) Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering (RACE) Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) in Seattle, WA.

The core function of AFSC’s RACE Division is to conduct quantitative fishery surveys and related ecological and oceanographic research to measure and describe the distribution and abundance of commercially important fish and crab stocks in the eastern Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska and to investigate ways to reduce bycatch, bycatch mortality and the effects of fishing on habitat. The Scientist V will model survey catchability for alaska pollock. Catchability, also known as survey q, is a critical parameter in most stock assessments conducted by the AFSC as it allows observed survey catch-per-unit-effort (CPUE) to be scaled to the species population.

Catchability encompasses both availability and survey trawl sampling efficiency. Studies of catchability are important part of the fishery stock assessments and have been recommended in the NOAA Stock Assessment Improvement Plan. This is an exciting opportunity to promote conservation efforts across the region, working with an experienced team of federal managers and scientists.

Description of Services and Deliverables

This project requires data editing, graphical scrutiny and visualization of the data, and a statistical modeling analysis conducted in R software to detect and describe changes in pollock vertical distribution in response to a survey vessel and a survey trawl. A report detailing the data preparation, data analysis methodology and results with appropriate tables, graphs and maps is also required. Data and guidance for the data editing and analysis will be provided by the NMFS Project Leader.

Must Have Skills and Requirements:

Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education and experience.
  • Master’s Degree may be substituted for experience.

Additional required qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting statistical modeling and analysis in R.
  • Demonstrated experience producing and publishing technical reports and figures.

About Lynker:

Lynker Technologies, LLC is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services with offices in Leesburg, VA and Boulder, CO. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in hydrology/water sciences, geospatial analysis, information technology, resource management, conservation, and management and business process improvement.

We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers’ scientific and technical priorities – creatively and effectively.

Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

Lynker Technologies is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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