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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Scientist for Global Atmospheric Modeling in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310112

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System Analysis & Modeling

Job Description

Help shape the direction of one of the world's leading climate research enterprises! At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), scientists in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division work in a team-oriented environment to tackle some of the biggest challenges in atmospheric and Earth system science.

We are looking for a senior scientist with a demonstrated track record of scientific leadership in global atmospheric modeling to guide, build, and contribute to a wide range of exciting research projects. The successful candidate will lead efforts to use observations, theories, and advanced computational techniques to develop global atmospheric and Earth system models, including DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), and improve scientific understanding of aerosols, clouds, convection, land-atmosphere interactions, and other important processes shaping Earth system variability and change.

Join us and you’ll work with internationally recognized scientists and talented early-to-mid career researchers to advance cutting-edge research sponsored by DOE and other agencies. PNNL also offers an outstanding work-life balance in the scenic and affordable inland Northwest.

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

Level 5 : Leader in the development and execution of directorate strategies. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Collaborates with other Labs, academia, industry and leads multi-Lab projects.

Level 6 : Key leader defining Laboratory and sponsor strategic initiatives to expand national and international capabilities for transformational solutions to complex scientific and technical challenges. Sought out to lead cross-directorate/ institution teams that influence Lab-wide operations and strategies. Defines and builds new business areas across directorates and institutions supporting self and multiple project teams across internal and external organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS with 9+ years of experience, or MS with 7+ years of experience, or PhD with 5+ years of experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in the development and/or application of atmospheric models and their interactions with other Earth system components

  • Work history of leading interdisciplinary teams to develop and execute major research projects

  • Strong publication record

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in atmospheric science or related field with over 10 years relevant experience

  • Internationally recognized expertise in climate modeling with demonstrated intellectual leadership on one or more specific research areas relevant to DOE’s Earth system modeling portfolio

  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising, mentoring early-career scientists, and leading multi-institutional teams

  • Experience with DOE/BER related models and/or modeling programs

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth Systems Analysis & Model

Opening Date: 2019-11-08

Closing Date: 2020-02-05