Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Coastal Ocean Modeling in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306830

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences


Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - Marine Sciences Laboratory conducts research towards achieving sustainable energy from the oceans, guide adaptation to changes in natural forcing and population growth in coastal zones, and ensure the security of our coastal and marine lifelines. Our core research focus areas are (a) Integrated coastal ocean modeling, (b) Marine biogeochemistry, (c) Ecosystems science, (d) Aquatic toxicology, and (e) Marine biotechnology (

PNNL – Marine Sciences Laboratory invites applications from recent oceanography and/or coastal, environmental, and civil engineering graduates specializing in coastal hydrodynamics, biogeochemical modeling, and sediment/contaminant fate and transport. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to participate in multi-disciplinary model development activities in progress related to assessment of future impacts and adaptation, sustainable environment and human perturbations, sea level rise impacts to water quality, storm surge, wave propagation, flooding vulnerability, and extraction of renewable energy from the oceans. The selected candidate will join a well-established group of coastal ocean modelers in our Seattle office.

In collaboration with Washington State Department of Ecology and U.S. EPA, PNNL has developed a 3-D finite volume circulation and transport model for the Salish Sea (Puget Sound and Georgia Basin in the Pacific Northwest). The Salish Sea Model is currently being used by agencies in connection with nutrient pollution management, and assessment of future impacts, and nearshore restoration ( Position responsibilities will include improving and extending the existing Salish Sea Model. This includes setting up, testing, and incorporating new modules related to (a) Toxics fate and transport, (b) Effluent Plume Dilution and Oil Spill Fate and Transport, and (c) Biogeochemistry in the nearshore environment including submerged aquatic vegetation and eel grass.

Our primary modeling platforms are based on FVCOM and CE-QUAL-ICM models for the coastal ocean environment. We however also have companion projects that utilize codes such as SUNTANS, ROMS, DELFT3D, WASP/TOXI, and CE-QUAL-W2. Successful candidate must have an interest in marine biogeochemistry and simulation of fate of toxic pollutants such as PCBs, PAHs, and metals in the nearshore estuarine environment.

The initial appointment is for a two-year period with potential for promotion to permanent staff position contingent on (a) performance and (b) availability of funding backlog. Applicants should apply online (a letter of interest and resume with a list of three references).


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

Recent oceanography and/or coastal, environmental, and civil engineering graduate specializing in coastal hydrodynamics, biogeochemical modeling, and sediment/contaminant fate and transport. Prior experience in conducting oceanographic modeling research using one or more of the leading state of the art 3-D ocean modeling codes and experience and/or familiarity with parallelized Fortran codes in Linux environment.

Required qualifications

•Ph.D in coastal, environmental, civil, oceanography and engineering specializing in coastal hydrodynamic and biogeochemical modeling and analysis

•The applicant must have experience in conducting oceanographic modeling using one or more of the leading state of the art 3-D ocean modeling codes (eg. FVCOM, ROMS, SELFE/SCHISM, DELFT-3D, SUNTANS and CE-QUAL-ICM, WASP/TOXI).

Specifically, the degrees, coursework, or experience in the following areas are preferred

•Toxics fate and transport modeling

•Biogeochemical modeling and water quality

•Sediment transport and geomorphological modeling

•Oil spill / Trajectory modeling (GNOME and BLOSOM)

•Particle and fish larvae transport and tracking

•Experience with the following tools and skills will be a plus

oSMS – Surface Modeling System - Grid generation and Post Processing

oSigmaplot, and Tecplot – Pre and post processing of Data

oFamiliarity with Unix /Linux environment

oFortran, C++, and parallel computing

oWeb Programming: Java Script, HTML, Perl

3.75 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: Coastal Sciences

Opening Date: 2017-09-06

Closing Date: 2017-10-06