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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Scientist/Engineer-Chemical & Biological Processes in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310044

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Chemical & Biological Processing

Job Description

The Energy Processes and Materials Division (EP&MD) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a world class Chief Scientist/Engineer with research expertise in catalysis, applied chemistry, chemical or biological processing, and/or biotechnology, to join our Chemical & Biological Processing (C&BP) Group. This represents a fantastic opportunity to take a leadership role in an internationally-recognized research group that is pushing the envelope in the development of next generation processes to produce bio-based fuels, chemicals and materials.

As a Chief Scientist/Engineer, you will provide technical leadership and expertise to existing research efforts, and collaborate with stakeholders to define and shape future research programs. Working with colleagues across the Laboratory, and in collaboration with our research partners in industry, academia, and at other National Laboratories, you will lead efforts to build new, high-visibility research programs that leverage C&BP Group capabilities to meet the technology goals of the Department of Energy and other key stakeholders. As a Chief Scientist/Engineer, you will also have significant responsibility for supporting the development and growth of the C&BP competency at PNNL, including proposing and advocating for strategic equipment acquisitions; recommending new hires; and mentoring junior to mid -level staff in the Group.

The successful candidate will have a national and international reputation as an expert in catalysis, applied chemistry, chemical or biological processing, and/or biotechnology; and an enthusiasm for the potential to address major societal challenges through the transformation of underutilized carbon sources to sustainable materials, chemicals, and fuels. They must be adept at translating stakeholder needs for bioenergy and bioproducts, to funded research programs at the Laboratory that effectively leverage current and emerging capabilities to meet program goals. They will be an accomplished communicator, with a track record of delivering effective and compelling written and oral communications to a broad range of audiences. They will have demonstrated a high level of success in building new research programs and new research capabilities over the course of their career. The ideal candidate will also have a track record of working with industry, and direct experience with the Department of Energy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, or MS/MA with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in catalysis, applied chemistry, chemical or biological processing, and/or biotechnology. Candidate must demonstrate a practical understanding of how to translate science concepts to engineering applications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in engineering, chemistry, biology, or related field, with 8+ years of relevant research or industrial laboratory experience.

  • Established research record in the study of bio-based processing, as evidenced by a strong publication record of technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, and/or granted patents.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage large and complex research projects.

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships at the highest levels across multiple organizations/agencies, and to leverage those relationships to further Laboratory research goals and increase business volume.

  • Demonstrated success in building high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams of theorists, technology developers, and application domain experts, to conduct high technical risk, pioneering research and development.

  • Established record of effective oral and written communications to a broad range of audiences.

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

Other Information

The work involves significant laboratory operations. High risk activities include systems operating at high temperatures and high pressures, biological processing, and complex chemical hazards.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Chem & Biological Processing

Opening Date: 2019-10-25

Closing Date: 2019-12-23