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Genomics Researcher

Closing Date: June 15, 2022

This position is part of CRITFC’s Fishery Science Department, but will be located with the genetics group at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station in Hagerman, ID. This research group is involved in testing conservation, evolution, and ecological theories related to salmonids and other fishes. The Genomics Researcher will work under the Lead Geneticist and Lab Managers, in association with CRITFC geneticists and other technicians, as well as staff of the Fishery Science Department in Portland, OR. Efforts will focus on applying empirical genetics/genomics data to address questions related to conservation and recovery of steelhead, Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon, sturgeon, lamprey, and other fishes of the Columbia River Basin. Beyond typical lab duties, additional roles include bioinformatics support on genomics projects, processing sequencing data with existing pipelines, and generation of genomic data from sequencing instruments.

Position Details

  • Department: Fishery Science
  • Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
  • Starting Salary: Range of $51,068-$65,906 (DOQ)
  • Location: Hagerman, Idaho

Essential Job Functions

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Conduct bioinformatics on large scale sequencing data.
  2. Process sequencing data with existing pipelines.
  3. Maintain and operate sequencing instruments.
  4. Prepare sampling materials for collecting fish tissue samples in the field.
  5. Extract DNA from fish tissues.
  6. Prepare DNA libraries for next-generation sequencing (e.g., Pool-seq, RNA-seq, GT-seq, whole genome resequencing).
  7. Analyze genetic markers on specialized laboratory equipment.
  8. Data entry into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Progeny database.
  9. Complete QA/QC protocols.
  10. Communicate effectively with project leaders.
  11. Participate in inter-agency workgroups, as necessary.
  12. Other duties as assigned and as appropriate to CRITFC goals and purposes.
  13. Execute research in accordance with developed proposals.
  14. Contribute to reports and publications of key scientific results.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

The Genomics Researcher is required to meet one of the following education criteria: a Bachelor’s degree in a field of science, an Associate’s degree with one year’s experience, or three years’ experience in a related position. In addition, the person must have demonstrated skills in the following areas.

  1. Knowledge of basic scientific principles achieved through experience or education.
  2. Proficiency with computer hardware and software (i.e., Microsoft Excel, Word).
  3. Willingness to learn laboratory techniques and protocols.
  4. Ability to perform repetitive tasks while maintaining concentration.
  5. Strong attention to detail.
  6. Dedicated work ethic.
  7. Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  8. Physical ability to stand 4-6 hours/day, perform assigned laboratory duties (requires keen motor skills) and lift up to 30 pounds. Occasionally will be required to work with toxic, volatile, corrosive chemicals nd/or carcinogenic substances with appropriate safety gear.
  9. Specialty in activities related to SNP discovery, genotyping, and gene expression.
  10. Familiar with current molecular genetic techniques, laboratory methods and equipment, including Illumina sequencers and similar equipment.
  11. Experience in sequence alignment, SNP identification, amplicon assay development, statistical analysis, and the relevant software for each of these tasks.
  12. Competent working in Linux frameworks processing and troubleshooting existing analysis pipelines.

Additional desirable qualifications:

  1. Experience with database imports, exports, and queries.
  2. Competency in Shell, Bash, Python, and Perl scripting.
  3. Master’s degree in a field of science.


  • Supervision received: The Genomics Researcher must have the ability both to work independently and to be an effective team member, coordinating and communicating well with project leaders, Lab Managers and Lead Geneticist in Hagerman, and with the Fishery Science Manager and Fishery Science Staff in Portland.
  • Supervision given: There are no supervisory duties associated with the position; however, the position may involve training technicians on new laboratory protocols.

Working Conditions

Most of the work is performed in a laboratory or office setting. At times, it will be necessary to participate in field sampling and attend regional meetings, conferences, and workshops. Must be able to occasionally work in physical environments requiring the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

Application Procedure

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment.

To apply, submit a completed CRITFC job application form. click here to download

Submit by email to and indicate job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.

Submit by mail:
Attn: Human Resources
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97232

Hiring preference:
Hiring preference will be given to qualified enrolled members of the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) and other federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Natives. Veterans will also be given preference.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.