Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Scenarios and Decision Science in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 305885

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Joint Global Change Research Institute

Group: Integrated Analysis & Decision Science Team


Job Description

The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, MD seeks a Post Doctoral research associate to conduct research related to climate impacts and vulnerability, with a focus on scenario development, modeling, and decision support. The successful candidate will be based at the JGCRI in College Park, Maryland. This is a full-time appointment, for up to three years with benefits, subject to satisfactory performance.

This position will focus on a number of cutting-edge research challenges in scenarios science. The mix of responsibilities will vary depending on the capabilities of the successful candidate, but focus areas include:

Participate in development of U.S. scenarios, potentially linking to scenarios developed by the international community (e.g., the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways), for use in national analyses of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability and potentially for policy, technology, and other analyses associated with energy-water-land transformations. This development process will include evaluation of scenario methods, development of U.S. storylines, and the use of JGCRI’s integrated assessment modeling tools.

Extend methods for uncertainty characterization and communication in the context of scenarios and uncertainty: including scenario bounding, statistical evaluation of large model ensemble data sets, and decision analytic techniques.

Provide scenario inputs for site-level vulnerability and resilience assessments. JGCRI has been developing methods to support science-based assessments at the level of medium to large municipalities or installations. This research focuses on developing scenarios and data to project future conditions in a way that is scientifically credible and usable for decision and policy.

JGCRI houses an interdisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to understanding human and Earth system interactions with an aim of addressing energy, environment and economic challenges and opportunities in United States and world-wide. One focus of JGCRI’s research program is developing scientific foundations for managing the risks of global environmental change, including modeling of impacts across scales and sectors, and innovative methods to inform resilient planning and investment. Another major focus of JGCRI’s research is the continuing development and application of an integrated assessment computer-modeling framework, the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM), that combine models of energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, air-pollution, and terrestrial ecosystems.

JGCRI researchers publish their findings in leading scientific journals and work with international organizations, US Federal agencies, state governments, industry, foundations, and universities. JGCRI researchers are leaders in the international and national climate and global change research communities through prominent roles in science-based integrated assessments of energy and agricultural systems, and water resources. The work environment at JGCRI is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, focused on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, economics, water and environment. Located in College Park, Maryland, JGCRI is a partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory managed by Battelle Memorial Institute for the US Department of Energy, and the University of Maryland at College Park.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.


Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge related to one or more areas of resources management (energy, water, terrestrial-based, coastal systems, etc.).

Skill in systems modeling, probabilistic models, risk analysis, decision analysis, risk assessment methods and tools, and other analytic decision support techniques.

Experience with integrated assessment, energy-economic, or other modeling platforms for analysis of complex systems.

Knowledge of relevant impacts of global environmental change on natural resources and human systems, and broad familiarity with this field of science.

Demonstrated capacity to communicate complex topics clearly and effectively to a non-analytical audience.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

PhD degree in Earth system science, decision science, operations research, or other related field is required.

**Applicants must attach a cover letter describing how their education, skills and experience align with this position’s duties and submit with their resume and list of three references with reference to this position announcement.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Integrat Analys & Dec Sci Team

Opening Date: 2016-10-10

Closing Date: 2016-11-09