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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelors RA - Energy & Climate Policy Analysis in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311137

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Joint Global Change Research Institute

Job Description

The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has one or more openings for Post-Bachelor Research Associates to work on multi-disciplinary research that advances fundamental understanding of coupled human and Earth systems and provides decision-relevant information for emerging global risks and opportunities.The team at JGCRI is a world leader in integrated analysis and employs the best available science to inform stakeholders on the implications of environment-energy-economy policies, energy R&D strategies and global perspectives of Human-Earth systems science. The successful candidate will support research at the intersection of energy, technology, climate, and policy.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 2 years based on satisfactory performance). The research associate will take a supporting role in cutting edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI and will have opportunities to coauthor scientific journal articles. The associate will contribute to analysis of energy and environmental policies, measures and pathways. This may include analysis using JGCRI’s open-source human-Earth systems modeling framework, GCAM, which combines models of energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, air-pollution, and ecosystems.

JGCRI researchers publish their findings in leading scientific journals and work with US Federal agencies, state governments, industry, foundations, and universities. JGCRI researchers are leaders in the international and national climate and global change research communities through prominent roles in science-based assessments of energy and agricultural systems and water resources. The work environment at JGCRI is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, focused on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, water and environment. Located in College Park, Maryland, JGCRI is a partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Note that the JGCRI offices in College Park are still closed as of September 2020 and on-boarding and work will be remote until the COVID19 situation allows.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate must have, or be expecting, a Bachelor’s (Master’s) degree in engineering, economics, operations research, management science, computer science, public policy, or related field. GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary. Foreign Language skill, particularly in Chinese, Ukrainian, or Vietnamese is also a plus. Background in computer simulation modeling or related quantitative research is highly desirable. Research experience in the field of energy and environment, and some programming experience is a strong plus, as are understanding of engineering concepts related to energy systems.

JGCRI REQUIRES THAT ALL APPLICANTS SUBMIT A RESUME AND A COVER LETTER, AS A SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT, describing how your education, skills and experience align with this position’s duties. Please attach your cover letter to your resume as one document when you submit your application online.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Joint Global Chg Research Inst

Opening Date: 2020-08-31

Closing Date: 2020-09-30