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Scientist V (Remote/Part-Time)

Science and Research



Kearneysville, West Virginia, 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:

Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a Scientist V to work alongside EESC-LRL in conducting research designed to generate decision-relevant conservation genetic and genomic information for wild Brook Trout to support management by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The mission of the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center, Leetown Research Laboratory (EESC-LRL) is to excel in aquatic and natural resource science, providing the information, scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of the nation’s biological resources.

The focus of EESC-LRL mission and vision for the future is to continue its dynamic international, national, and regional leadership in aquatic, landscape, and genetics research by generating, interpreting, evaluating, and transmitting the scientific information needed to better address the pressing problems of managing our nation's biological resources, especially those under the stewardship of the Department of the Interior, and other Federal and non-Federal partners. The primary means of gathering this information is through the use of scientific methods applied to monitoring resources and conducting experiments.


Job Responsibilities:

  • The USGS EESC-LRL is in need of an experienced Scientist to provide services to support fisheries research, including the design and implementation of a conservation genomics project for wild Brook Trout in North Carolina.
  • The scope of work will include providing expertise to support study design (i.e., methods and sample selection), bioinformatic analysis of genomic sequence data, statistical analysis, and development of a final report and/or manuscript(s) detailing scientific findings.
  • These tasks are to support our portfolio of research related to the conservation of imperiled Brook Trout in the Appalachian Mountains.Investigate patterns of genomic diversity in wild Brook Trout to support conservation and management needs. Work collaboratively with other researchers and managers to identify a tractable study design for landscape scale patterns of genomic diversity in wild Brook Trout. Identify and conduct appropriate bioinformatic analyses for genomic sequence data.
  • Lead and assist in write-up and publication of research methods and results.
  • Engage with agency partners, as part of the broader research team, to help interpret findings.


Minimum Qualification:

  • Successful completion of a PhD from an accredited college with a degree in fisheries science, conservation genetics, or conservation genomics.
  • Experience in the design and execution of genomic studies for non-model organisms (fish preferred), including the use of reduced-representation genomic approaches such as RADSeq or RADCapture.
  • Experience in bioinformatic analyses needed to assess landscape-scale patterns of diversity and connectivity.
  • Experience in statistical modeling (R) and publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience working with collaborative research teams and natural resource managers.

We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. 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, or have known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, 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 - Akima Systems Engineering

Clearance: Not Applicable

Work Type: Remote

Remote: Yes

ReqID: 2024-11364