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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Atmospheric/Environmental Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310230

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Environmental Assessment & Engineering

Job Description

The Environmental Assessment and Engineering Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking an atmospheric scientist/engineer with a working familiarity and demonstrated competencies in the field(s) of atmospheric release, dispersion, and transport of radionuclides; environmental monitoring and characterization; and translation of modeled and/or process simulation results to a variety of applications across a range of sources and sinks (e.g., air, water, and soil).

Given the potential range of diversified knowledge and experience this position may include, the successful candidate is anticipated, but not required, to have experience and interests in one or more of the following areas including applied meteorology, atmospheric and meteorological modeling platforms, radionuclide and health physics principles, scientific programming languages (e.g., MatLab, Fortran), and application of codes and models used in support of regulatory compliance.


The incumbent will work under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers and will be responsible for performing assigned tasks with the level of quality and timeliness to meet required project and client expectations. Additionally, successful candidates will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks, and possess the appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to clearly articulate the objectives and outcomes of their research.

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

Level I : Under direction, applies basic technical theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies to well defined tasks or subtasks. Works to build technical reputation and establish effective internal relationships on project(s) and team level through measurable contributions to reports, proposals, and publications where appropriate.

Level II : With guidance, work to define and lead specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to independently contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Applies and interprets standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.


The incumbent will be accountable to:

Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project, field, and laboratory procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget.

  • The Environmental Assessment and Engineering Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge and professional experience in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and use of atmospheric codes used to assess atmospheric releases, distribution, and composition of radionuclides (e.g., AERMOD, RASCAL)

  • Relevant course work and degree in physical or atmospheric sciences (ex. meteorology, physics), environmental engineering, or earth sciences.

  • Other preferred qualifications include experience seeking or securing project funding, working within technical teams, and the ability to manage research tasks or assignments.

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.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • This position may include field work and occasional travel.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Environmental Assmt & Engrg

Opening Date: 2019-12-13

Closing Date: 2020-02-07