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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Computational Scientist in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310106

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Science & Global Change

Group: Joint Global Change Research

Job Description

An entry-level Computational Scientist positions are available at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). These positions target early-career scientists and will combine disciplinary research with programming and data analysis support, code development, and troubleshooting across a wide range of projects. The successful candidates will work with a variety of PNNL and external scientists, across a wide range of research areas in both human and earth system sciences. This will include dealing with JGCRI’s integrated assessment, global climate, energy, and ecosystem ecology areas of research; there will be opportunities to integrate and work with scientists conducting energy and transportation analyses, and large-scale numerical modeling.

The successful candidates will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Working both independently and collaboratively with other team members at PNNL.

  • Provide advanced computational infrastructure, R/C++ programming, and data visualization support to other projects as needed.

  • Lead research in their area of expertise: analyzing data, discussing scientific issues, and developing manuscripts.

  • Communicate science to funders and colleagues both internal and external, via academic manuscripts, oral presentations, conference outreach, etc.

  • Mentor interns and other junior scientists in scientific best practices, field and programming skills, and workplace ethics.

These positions are based at PNNL’s Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Maryland. The preferred start date is between January and March 2020.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidates based on the following:

Level 2 :

Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Level 3 :

Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities.

*Required: A cover letter and resume describing qualifications and experience relating to the position *

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of experience or advanced degree in a relevant field of study.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.

  • Advanced expertise in the R language for statistical computing, as well as the Git version control system, which are used across many projects at JGCRI.

  • Disciplinary expertise in some aspect of earth system science and/or ecoinformatics, generally.

  • Experience with conducting research, statistical analysis of data, and writing scientific manuscripts.

  • Successful record in paper publishing and proposal writing.

  • Familiarity with a wide range of data types and sources in the climate change and earth system fields.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience, or Master’s degree with 3+ years of experience, or PhD with 1+ years of experience. Preference for candidates with a PhD in a relevant field of study.

  • Experience in C++, software containerization (e.g. Docker) technologies, and high-performance computing.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Joint Global Chg Research Inst

Opening Date: 2020-01-22

Closing Date: 2020-01-29