Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Analyst 2 position that will implement and coordinate phytoplankton and marine biotoxin research projects and activities. WSG is housed in the College of the Environment and is a unique unit with federally designated responsibilities for all of Washington to support ocean-related research, outreach, education and communications. WSG serves the state and the region by providing technical assistance to coastal users and managers, engaging the public in activities that promote ecosystem health, educating students of all ages and backgrounds, and encouraging science-based solutions to marine issues.
The Washington Sea Grant has an outstanding opportunity for a part time, 80%FTE Research Analyst 2. The Research Analyst 2 is an integral member of WSG’s team, working independently but collaboratively with WSG's Marine Water Quality Specialist, industry participants, scientists, educators, resource managers and community leaders. The Research Analyst 2 position will be based out of the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. The Research Analyst 2 will implement and coordinate phytoplankton and marine biotoxin research projects and activities.
To achieve organizational excellence, pursue its vision, and adhere to its mission, WSG maintains a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by pursuing diverse perspectives, and enhancing cultural understanding. WSG works to create equitable access to resources and opportunities for Washington’s diverse communities and seeks to incorporate their voices and priorities. WSG’s values are informed by environmental justice and are based in a culture of inclusion, respect, long-term engagement and accountability.
The position has grant funding for 16 months. It is Washington Sea Grant's intention to continue the position after the initial project period subject to finding a sustainable funding source for the position.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Prepare weekly, monthly and yearly data summaries and interpretation for partners including statistical analyses of phytoplankton, toxin and environmental data.
• Participate on the SoundToxins steering committee, Puget Sound Environmental Monitoring Marine Water Quality working group and project research teams.
• Review and ensure accuracy of data input into the HAB database by monitors using the Quality Assurance Project Plan.
• Provide comments and improvement suggestions to the NOAA relational database managers to ensure accuracy and the development of visualization tools.
• Support SoundToxins monitors by facilitating supply needs, on-site training, assistance with data collection, phytoplankton identification and communications.
• Monitor the SoundToxins hotline, on a to-be-determined basis, responding to requests using SoundToxins protocols and forwarding inquiries as needed to others on the SoundToxins team.
• Collect marine water samples, once a week, using specific procedures and use light microscopy to identify the plankton and upload results into the online SoundToxins database.
*Process PNW HAB Bulletin samples for SEM, ELISA, nutrients, chlorophyll, etc.
*Isolate and maintain algal cultures.
• Educate the public and partners regarding the SoundToxins program’s purpose and activities at community events and partner meetings.
• Manage the SoundToxins website with current project research, projects and partners.
• Coordinate and implement annual SoundToxins trainings and meetings.
• Compile data and generate narrative reports, tables, charts and graphs of historic and current HAB data for publication in scientific journals.
• Monitor and assess levels of harmful algal toxins in water and shellfish using ELISA, SEM and other appropriate analytical techniques.
• Perform related duties as required.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
• A Bachelor’s Degree is required including college-level course work in statistics AND one year of work experience as a Research Analyst 1 OR equivalent education/experience.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
• Must have marine phytoplankton monitoring and identification experience.
• Must be experienced with mentoring volunteers or students.
• Familiarity with Macintosh and PC computer programs and data entry. • Excellent communication skills and experience in educating people about marine phytoplankton communities.
• Familiarity with Puget Sound. • Prior experience with the "SoundToxins" program.
• Participation in Puget Sound marine phytoplankton identification workshops
Conditions of Employment:
80% FTE. Work schedule will include day, weekend and some evening hours, not to exceed 32 hours/week, along with outdoor sampling in all weather.
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