Lynker is seeking to hire a Fish Ageing Lab Support Specialist to support an upcoming contract with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) in La Jolla, CA.  The hiring of this position is contingent on receiving the award for the contract.

NOAA’s SWFSC’s Life History Program studies the age and growth, reproduction, foraging ecology, habitat, spatial distribution, and stock structure of coastal pelagic species (CPS) and highly migratory species (HMS) in the northeast Pacific Ocean.  Data and results produced by the Life History Program directly inform stock assessments and aid in understanding how environmental conditions, habitat, and other factors interact to influence the availability, abundance, and dynamics of CPS and HMS species.

The Life History Program analyzes otolith and reproductive samples of CPS and HMS species to provide data on age, growth, and reproduction that are used to support biomass assessments, Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, and ecological and taxonomic studies.  To accomplish this objective, Lynker’s Fish Ageing Lab Support Specialist shall conduct laboratory work to prepare and scan otoliths, maintain equipment, and deliver completed data for data entry.  Key tasks include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Polish and/or section CPS and HMS otoliths in preparation for age and growth studies
  • Clean and weigh CPS and HMS otoliths in preparation for FT-NIRS scanning
  • Scan otoliths for an assigned species using a Fourier transform near infrared spectrometer, up to 5000 specimens a year
  • Manage, organize, and archive otolith samples
  • QA/QC generated spectral data and, as needed, entry of data into database
  • Support senior scientists/biologists with analysis and research of spectral data for scientific publications and meetings/workshops/ symposiums as required
  • Ensure laboratory equipment is maintained

Required qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major in a field of study as related to the requirements of this task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology.

Additional skills and experience required: 

  • Direct experience working in a laboratory environment
  • Experience working independently on a research project
  • Experience using scientific instruments and following standard protocols
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access) and good oral and written communication skills

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