Fisheries Geneticist

  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Hagerman, ID, USA
  • Jul 28, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Research

Job Description

Closing Date: August 31, 2018

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is seeking Fisheries Geneticists with experience in population genomics, association mapping, and mixed stock analyses. Positions are part of the Fishery Science Department, but will be located with the genetics group at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station in Hagerman, ID. This research group is involved in testing conservation, evolution, and ecological theories related to salmonids and other fishes. The employee will work under the Lead Geneticist, in association with CRITFC geneticists and technicians, as well as staff of the Fishery Science Department in Portland, OR. Efforts will focus on applying empirical genetics/genomics data to address questions related to conservation and recovery of steelhead, chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon, white sturgeon, Pacific lamprey, and other fishes of the Columbia Basin.

Position Details

  • Starting Salary: $57,098 – $88,974 (CRITFC equivalent to GS11/12)
  • Department: Fishery Science, Genetics
  • Classification: Full-time, Regular, Exempt
  • Location: Hagerman, Idah

Essential Job Functions

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Conduct/support laboratory analyses with next-generation sequencing methods.
  2. Perform data analysis with heavy emphasis on population genetics.
  3. Develop sampling designs and protocols for studies.
  4. Execute research in accord with developed proposals.
  5. Produce reports and peer reviewed publications of key scientific results.
  6. Develop research proposals to attract extramural funding.
  7. Participate in inter-agency workgroups, as necessary.
  8. Provide technical advice and reviews in the areas of genetics and conservation biology to tribal staff, attorneys and policy.
  9. Other duties as assigned and as appropriate to CRITFC goals and purposes.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

Fisheries Geneticists are required to have a Ph.D. or M.S. (with three years of experience) in the field of molecular biology, genetics, fishery biology, ecology and/or a related discipline. In addition, the scientist must have demonstrated skills in the following areas.

  1. Research experience related to population/conservation genetics.
  2. In-depth knowledge and experience with current molecular genomics techniques (e.g., GT-seq, Pool-seq, sequence capture, RAD-seq, RNA-seq).
  3. Excellent understanding of population genetics theory.
  4. Experience in statistical analyses, computer modeling and the relevant software.
  5. Proven ability to publish research in peer-reviewed publications.
  6. Good writing and oral communication skills.
  7. Interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop, guide, and work within inter-disciplinary teams.
  8. Strong skills with common computer software for word processing, spreadsheet, database, and statistics use.

The following qualifications, although not required, are desirable:

  1. Demonstrated technical competence in fishery biology or a closely related discipline.
  2. Database experience and computer programming/coding skills.
  3. Knowledge regarding fishes of the Columbia River and western United States.


The incumbent must be an effective team member and may assist in supervision of technicians. Fisheries Geneticists must have the ability to work independently, but coordinate and communicate well with Lead Geneticist in Hagerman and staff in the Fishery Science department in Portland, OR.

Working Conditions

Most of the work is performed in a laboratory or office setting. There will be opportunities to participate in field sampling and attend regional meetings, conferences and workshops. Must be able to travel occasionally, by auto and air.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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$57,098 – $88,974