Sr. Technical Leader
Location: Palo Alto, CA, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN or Home Office
The Sr. Technical Leader hired for this position will represent EPRI in a highly visible and critical technical area – in our Fish Protection research. Candidates should be a subject matter expert and preferably be involved in the research work of other public and private organizations in this field. Preferred candidates will have maintained expertise by in-depth involvement in the state-of-the-art research and technology development in the field. This position supports our Fish Protection (CWA Section 316(a)&(b) for thermal, entrainment and impingement compliance) research program. The position also covers fish passage and protection at hydroelectric and marine kinetic energy facilities and contributes to projects within the organization on whatever basis necessary for effective utilization of expertise.
The selected candidate will be responsible for design and oversight of research studies to be performed by EPRI and will advance the state-of-knowledge in the field, including the design and operation of technologies to minimize aquatic impacts of utility operations. The candidate will interact to develop EPRI’s position in the field to assist in strategy development relating to these assignments.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Candidates must have the ability to understand and communicate related science and technical studies and results in a manner that exhibits technical expertise but also is easily understood by stakeholders.
This position will serve as an individual contributor, working as part of a larger, multi-discipline team.
Education Level and Years of Experience:
Advanced degree in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology, or related field, or equivalent experience required.
The Ideal Candidate:
Candidates should be recognized as having expert knowledge in fisheries biology and management, including knowledge of historical and current research in this area. They should possess an in-depth knowledge of Clean Water Act Section 316(a)&(b) and its application to electric utility industry. Experience in hydro fish passage and other environmental issues, and fish protection at marine hydrokinetic installations is helpful. Experience with Endangered Species Act is useful.
Candidates should be independent and self-driven, requiring minimal day to day supervision. The successful candidate should be capable of capturing research needs, designing research programs to meet those needs, oversight of the research and transfer of the results to be applied by companies, agencies, and other stakeholders.
Potential areas of research include:
• Entrainment and impingement sampling, impact assessment
• Identification of early life stages of fish and shellfish
• Thermal discharge monitoring, impacts analysis and mitigation methods
• Intake screening systems, operation, maintenance and performance optimization
• Fish return systems
• Behavioral barriers and other fish deterrent technologies
• DNA methods for identifying aquatic species
• Cooling tower retrofits
• Social cost/benefit analysis and compliance support
• Cooling Water Intake System debris management
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EPRI is an equal opportunity employer.
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