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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Scientist for Computational Molecular Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310090

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Job Description

The Opportunity

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven scientists come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors.

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in Computational Chemistry as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a Staff Scientist in the Division, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to lead the NWChemEx effort to explore the computational understanding of the molecular-level basis for multiscale processes, as well as develop efforts in the area of biomolecular physics. You will work to bring your research areas to bear on challenging processes in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology, building teams among the NWChemEx team as well as the computational sciences community at PNNL at large and leading the development of new programs in ASCR and NIH. We will also expect the successful candidate to serve as a link between the Division’s in PCSD, the PSD and the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division (ACMDD).

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have direct connections with the Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR). You will also have an established national or international computational sciences reputation as evidenced by a strong publication and funding record, including funding with the National Institutes of Health, as well as a strong connection with industry. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Lead the NWChemEx team in developing the HPC software

  • Connect with the NWChem and SPEC software development teams

  • Lead the NWChemEx redirection and extension in 2022

  • Provide leadership for PNNL at the laboratory level in the ASCR and NIH domains

  • Publish high impact science in leading journals

  • Lead the development of research proposals, in particular for ASCR and NIH

  • Build teams within PCSD and PNNL between the computational staff as well as building strong partnerships with experimental scientists

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS degree with 9+ years of experience, or Master’s degree with 7+ years of experience, or PhD with 5+ years of experience

  • Training and aptitude in biochemistry or biophysics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering or related field with 10+ years of independent research experience.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Demonstrated ability to develop software for scientifically relevant problems in chemistry or biochemistry/biophysics

  • Demonstrated ability to develop mathematical models for solving problems in chemistry/biochemistry/biophysics

  • Building teaming between diverse scientific groups

  • Successful demonstration of obtaining external funding

  • Experience leading broad scientific teams.

About PNNL

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

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: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Managers

Group: Physical Sciences Division

Opening Date: 2020-01-14

Closing Date: 2020-04-13