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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307812

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System Analysis & Modeling

Job Description

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. Dynamic, results-oriented professionals come to PNNL to work together on high-impact projects and initiatives for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors. At PNNL, you’ll find a positive, fast-paced environment and excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State, an area known for its outdoor recreation, thriving wine industry, and affordable cost of living.

The Opportunity

Help shape the direction of an internationally recognized climate research enterprise! PNNL’s Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division is a strong and established team that covers a vast breadth and depth of climate and global change research. We are looking for an ambitious, innovative mid- to senior-career atmospheric scientist with recognized expertise in developing and applying leadership-class global models to address important research challenges. You’ll build your career, your contacts, and your research portfolio with the assistance of professional support staff, encouraging and flexible management, and a robust portfolio of projects and opportunities. Both independently and in collaboration with world-class scientists at PNNL and partner institutions, you will provide leadership to projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, such as the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). You will also lead and support strategic planning of new programs, interface directly with program managers, and facilitate close relationships with regional, national and international scientific institutions for collaborations and partnerships.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a mid- to senior-career global atmospheric modeler who enjoys working in a dynamic and team-oriented environment, we want to connect with you. Specifically, we’re looking for candidates with strong communication and collaboration skills who is internationally recognized for their work in global atmospheric and Earth system modeling. In this role, you will be expected to lead and contribute to projects spanning multiple institutions as well as provide strategic leadership of PNNL’s modeling efforts. Expertise in linking global atmospheric models with observations to address key science challenges related to aerosols, clouds, numerical methods, and/or interactions with the ocean and land surface interactions is also desirable. A strong and impactful publication record and experience in effectively leading large, diverse teams are essential. Demonstrated success in proposal writing is also highly desirable.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 11 years of experience; MS/MA with 9 years of experience, or a PhD with 7 years’ experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• Widely recognized authority with technical contributions recognized as having a substantial impact on advancing the current state of knowledge and understanding.

• A substantial track record of high-quality publications in peer-review journals.

• Prior experience in developing atmospheric models and/or integrated measurement-to-modeling approaches to address key science challenges.

• Ph.D. in climate science or a related field.

• 15+ years of experience in developing and applying global atmospheric models.

• A demonstrated track record of obtaining research funding through successful proposal development, building relationships with funding agencies, and/or other means.

• International recognition (via awards, lecture invitations, or other honors) in atmospheric, climate, or Earth system modeling.

• Expertise in aerosols, clouds, numerical methods, atmosphere-surface interactions, or related research areas.

• A substantial record of independent contributions to research programs.

• Extensive experience in technical and project leadership roles.

• Superior collaboration and communication skills.

• The ability to lead dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and manage complex projects that may span multiple institutions beyond PNNL.

• A demonstrated record of strong leadership qualities, team building and motivation skills, and project management, as well as a proven commitment to the mentoring and development of junior scientific staff.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth Systems Analysis & Model

Opening Date: 2018-05-23

Closing Date: 2018-10-22