Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Coastal ecology and biogeochemistry in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309062

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Biological Systems Science

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with strong background in experimental field measurements to join an interdisciplinary team unravelling the processes governing the response of coastal terrestrial-aquatic interfaces to storm surge-based perturbation.

The candidate will be stationed primarily at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD, and will lead the execution of a large-scale field manipulation that is currently under construction. The manipulation is expected to be long-term (10+ years) and aims to mimic storm surge-based intrusion of seawater into a coastal forest. The candidate will have a significant and unique opportunity to be a founding member of the experimental team, and to leverage the experiment and its ongoing findings well beyond their tenure as a postdoctoral associate. The candidate will interface with a number of projects occurring within and adjacent to the experimental system, ranging from soil molecular processes to vegetation physiology to numerical modeling. In addition to implementing the experiment, duties will include peer-reviewed publication of study results, with a flexible disciplinary focus.

This is a full-time position anticipated to last 3 years (contingent on performance) starting in very early 2019. Applications should be submitted at When prompted to upload a résumé, please provide a single PDF file containing (1) a cover letter of 1 to 2 pages summarizing research interests and qualifications that fit the advertised position and possible start date at PNNL if selected, and (2) a CV listing past employment, education and research experiences, skills, publications, and contact information 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

Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to execute field work including experience with in situ field sensors and associated data loggers. Ability to handle and analyze diverse types of datasets using contemporary scripting languages such as R, MATLAB, and/or Python. Strong written and oral communication skills with significant motivation to publish in the peer reviewed literature. Strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary science, with the willingness and ability to work independently when required.

In addition to the above attributes, the candidate should have expertise in one or more of the following:

Soil and subsurface biogeochemistry, particularly across fresh to saline gradients

Environmental microbial ‘omics

Soil greenhouse gas fluxes

Tree physiology and/or forest ecology

Hydrological and biogeochemical modeling

Preferred Education/Credential:

Ph.D. in an environmental or earth sciences oriented field (e.g., ecology, biogeosciences, environmental microbiology, etc.). Experience with terrestrial or aquatic biogeochemistry, soil processes, or vegetation physiology.

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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Biological Systems Science

Opening Date: 2019-03-12

Closing Date: 2019-04-10