Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Geosciences in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306494

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Geosciences


Job Description

The Geosciences Group within the Earth Systems Science Division is seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong ethic of service to the scientific community and a commitment to both scientific excellence and national impact on critical scientific and technical problems. The candidate for the Post-Doctoral Research Associate position must have received a PhD from an accredited college or university in geophysics or related fields with a strong emphasis on computational methods.

The candidate is expected to support efforts using time-lapse geophysical imaging methods to interrogate subsurface properties and processes related to subsurface geothermal energy production, geologic carbon sequestration, environmental remediation, and subsurface issues related to national security. The candidate will contribute to the development and use of high-performance computing codes for large scale and real-time geophysical imaging in the disciplines of electrical resistivity tomography, muon tomography, gravity tomography, induced polarization tomography, and cross-borehole velocity tomography. The candidate will also contribute to the development and application of joint inversion codes and methodologies using disparate hydrogeological, physical, chemical, and geophysical data sets.

The candidate will support research efforts as part of a multi-disciplinary scientific team contributing to ongoing technical activities, and contribute to proposals for future research funding. At a minimum, the candidate should have experience operating in high performance computing environments and developing scientific computing codes/scripts. Candidate must be able to collaborate with colleagues from multiple disciplines in the subsurface sciences and have a demonstrated capability and desire to publish research in the peer reviewed literature.


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

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist with demonstrated expertise in computational geophysics and inversion/inverse theory. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential and the candidate should maintain a regular publication record. The candidate is expected to have sufficient time management skills to balance the demands of several concurrently operating projects. The ideal candidate for this position will be a well-organized, self-starter with attention to detail.

The candidate should be proficient with programming/scripting in Linux/Unix environments. Candidate is also expected to be proficient with standard office software, such as Microsoft Excel and Word. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required, as demonstrated via lead authorship in peer reviewed journals.

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred.


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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Geosciences

Opening Date: 2017-04-10

Closing Date: 2017-05-10