Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Environmental Molecular Biologist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306252

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Microbiology

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a Senior Scientist (Level IV/V) with scientific expertise in understanding how microbial communities impact systems ranging from soil and wetlands to human and animal health. A key emphasis is on achieving a systems-level understanding of the interactions between community members and those members and their environment that contribute to community properties and processes.

Topics of research focus should include, but are not necessarily limited to, primary Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas of microbial cycling of carbon, response of microbial processes and communities to predicted climate disturbances and other environmental perturbations and how environmental gradients (e.g., geochemical) impact the structure and function of microbial communities. The candidate’s research strategies should emphasize a systems approach utilizing (meta)genomics to reconstruct the metabolism of members of microbial communities, especially organisms we know little about and/or lack representative cultures.

This position features opportunities for collaborative research with PNNL scientists whose expertise spans a broad range of environmental, material, and computational sciences. The successful candidate will have access to extensive research capabilities including controlled microbial cultivation for a broad range of physiotypes, systems biology analytics (e.g., proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics), molecular biology and protein purification/characterization, advanced imaging, bioinformatics, and computational modeling. The successful candidate is expected to further develop scientific leadership skills within the BSD Microbiology Group. This position is located in Richland, WA.

Minimum Qualifications

• Education & Experience: 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

• Education & Experience: PhD in an area of microbiological or environmental science with at least 7 years’ experience. Demonstrated ability to attract and carry out R&D programs as evidenced by funding and publication record.

• Technical Expertise: Ability to lead integrated research activities in support of existing and future projects, with responsibility for overall technical approach and execution.

• Level of Responsibility: Operates independently to design and oversee tasks, responsible for meeting task scope, schedule and budget in cooperation with project manager. The candidate will also be expected to lead or co-lead proposals for externally funded projects, and engage in client interactions and project reviews.

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: Microbiology

Opening Date: 2017-02-02

Closing Date: 2017-03-04