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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306865

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Joint Global Change Research Institute

Group: Integrated Analysis & Decision Science Team


Job Description

The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has an opening for a Post-Masters Research Associate to focus on energy and climate research using JGCRI’s integrated assessment modeling tools. The team at JGCRI is a world leader in integrated assessment of climate change, and employs the best available science to inform decision makers – including national and foreign governments and international organizations – 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. A major focus will be on the role of energy technologies and policies, impact of energy systems on environment, and the constraints that environmental changes may impose on energy systems towards meeting the energy needs of our nation and the world for the rest of this century, and beyond.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 2 years). The research associate will take a supporting role in cutting edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI, and s/he coauthors high impact scientific journal articles. JGCRI houses an interdisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to understanding human and Earth system interactions. One focus of JGCRI’s research program is the continuing development and application of an integrated assessment computer-modeling framework (GCAM) that combine 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 integrated 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.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’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 a Master’s degree in engineering, economics, operations research, management science, computer science, public policy, or related field. GPA of 3.5 is preferred.

Background in computer 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. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary.

JGCRI requires that all applicants submit a resume and a cover letter describing how your education, skills and experience align with this position’s duties. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you submit your application online.


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: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Integrat Analys & Dec Sci Team

Opening Date: 2018-03-06

Closing Date: 2018-04-03