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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Environmental Impacts of Hydropower

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Group in the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate (BESSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work with a diverse team of scientists, engineers, facilitators, and stakeholders from ORNL, other national laboratories, and the hydropower stakeholder community at-large to create data, products, and tools for hydropower licensing
  • Collect, extract, and analyze data from government and peer-review literature documents
  • Collect and analyze laboratory data on hydropower turbine injury and mortality
  • Collate existing information on fish passage structures
  • Create models linking environmental and biological components of aquatic ecosystems
  • Publish and present research results in journals and at conferences

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in ecology, environmental sciences, zoology, fisheries, or a related field completed within the last 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in multivariate statistical procedures and basic modelling
  • R or Python data analysis and management programming experience (R or Python)
  • GIS experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.

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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.

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