Pacific Northwest National Laboratory EMSL Science Theme Lead for Molecular Transformations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306102

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular

Department: Science & Technology

Job Description

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility supported by the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), seeks a Lead Scientist to plan and oversee the scope of user and facility research on molecular transformations in biological, environmental and chemical science. Molecular transformations are central to solvent-mediated interfacial processes that influence many biological and environmental systems, underpin sustainable energy conversion (production of biofuels and bioproducts) processes, natural, and engineered enzymatic mechanisms, and alternative energy production, conversion and storage technologies. The successful candidate will ensure that molecular-scale characterization, measurement, and transformation research is coupled with modeling and simulation, and that the research connects to larger, meso-scale processes and a system, especially those being studied within the other science themes of EMSL.

The Molecular Transformations Lead Scientist will be a highly experienced researcher with an exceptional record of accomplishment, and an outstanding international reputation in molecular interfacial science. The selected individual will have a key scientific leadership role in the EMSL user program. They are expected to lead their own research effort in molecular transformations. The candidate will have demonstrated team leadership that champions scientific excellence, fosters collaboration among experimentalists and modelers, and actively promotes innovation. They will be able to attract high-quality staff to PNNL and enrich EMSL’s active user community.

This position will have responsibility for developing the future scientific vision for molecular transformation research and for collaborating with other lead scientists on cross-science research theme not only within EMSL but also with PNNL science teams working on aspects of molecular transformation.

Minimum Qualifications

•Bachelor's degree with at least 7 years experience or a Master's degree with 5 years experience or a PhD with 3 years.

•Must be a technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

Preferred Qualifications

•PhD in relevant scientific field (e.g., interfacial chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, surface chemistry) and at least 5 years of demonstrated substantive experience in experimental and theoretical understanding of molecular transformations at complex interfaces relevant to biology, chemical processes and environmental science.

•A demonstrated record of dynamic and resourceful international leadership in building and motivating teams, written and oral communication skills, and ability to manage efficiently to achieve valued outcomes. A strong record of scientific accomplishment evidenced by a significant publication record and an established external programmatic research funding.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Science and Technology

Opening Date: 2016-11-30

Closing Date: 2017-02-02