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Scientist VI

Science and Research



Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

Work Where it Matters

Akima Systems Engineering (ASE), an Akima company, is not just another federal systems support contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.

At ASE, the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.

For our shareholders , ASE provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.

For our government customers , ASE delivers solutions in maritime IT, systems engineering, and integration across the Department of Defense and stands ready to help improve operational performance at a reasonable and sustainable cost.

As an ASE employee , you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.

Job Summary:

ASE is looking for a Scientist VI to work in Barnstable, Massachusetts. To join our team of outstanding professionals, apply today!

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) conducts a wide range of interdisciplinary research activities in marine, estuarine, lacustrine, and terrestrial regions of the United States, including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Great Lakes, and Alaskan North Slope, as well as international locations (e.g., South America and Europe). The research addresses issues of local, regional, national, and global concern, such as natural hazards, environmental quality, living and non-living resources, and climate change. The fundamental goal is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth processes that contributes to decision making in coastal and marine environments.

Renewable energy development is increasing on the Nation’s outer continental shelves. Active Wind Lease Areas currently occupy 9930 km2 on the U.S. Atlantic Margin. These areas are in varying stages of development and occur in different geologic and oceanographic settings. In partnership with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) the USGS is conducting a study to analyze the 29 Active Lease Sites in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Humboldt and Morro Bay planning sites (2590 km2) in the Pacific Ocean. The study will characterize the geological features and physical processes that may pose hazards to infrastructure and workplace safety. Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a Scientist VI who will work with project staff to track scientific data through acquisition, processing, and the publication processes.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead, with assistance from WHCMSC staff, the formal publication of a meta-analysis as a USGS report and, potentially, outside (peer-reviewed journal) articles.
  • Identity and review scientific articles and reports (including relevant BSEE, BOEM, and USGS studies), historical marine records of geological and geophysical data available in and adjacent to the 29 active lease areas in the Atlantic Ocean and two planning areas in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Acquire (e.g., from online data repositories, project collaborators) reports and geophysical datasets collected in the wind energy areas of interest.
  • Review reports and datasets for quality and completeness.
  • Identify and delineate geohazards in the study areas of interest.
  • Identify relevant American Bureau of Shipping, DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and other maritime standards that apply to offshore wind development.
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with multiple internal projects and external agencies to improve data and knowledge sharing related to geological hazards, and regulatory constraints impacting safe offshore energy development.
  • Work closely with other project scientists to incorporate findings into a GIS.
  • Synthesize findings into a meta-analysis report.
  • Identify U.S. Federal and U.K. North Sea regulations for offshore wind development.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in earth science, geophysics, oceanography, or geography, with 5 to 7 years' experience.
  • Experience in conducting an extensive literature review, amassing and evaluating cultural, geophysical and other existing marine geo-spatial datasets relevant to offshore wind development. A report will be prepared that will give insight into safety monitoring criteria.
  • Experience in obtaining, reviewing, and synthesizing literature, data and lead the preparation of the report.
  • Be familiar with and capable of interpreting seismic, backscatter, bathymetry, geological data in addition to other geospatial datasets.
  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to perform geospatial analysis.
  • Core competencies include interpersonal communication skills using email, telephone, or virtual spaces, strong writing skills, the ability to work independently on assigned tasks with minimal supervision, and knowledge of earth science in a coastal and marine environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at or [Register to View] (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).


Job: Life, Physical & Social Science

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Organization: ASE

Clearance: Not Applicable

Shift: Day Job

Work Type: On-Site

Req ID: ASE00603