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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Computational Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312190

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Basic & Applied Molecular Foundations

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. We are seeking an early career computational scientist to work on impactful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors.

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in computational catalysis and separations, integrated with data analytics and high performance computing! Join a diverse team of theoretician's and experimentalists to explore the theory and molecular simulation at complex vapor-liquid, liquid-liquid or solid-liquid interfaces. We apply these tools to programs related to renewable energy practices, such as separations of valuable chemicals, catalytic conversions, CO2 capture materials and design of novel ion separation materials.

All interested candidates ready to test their talents and training in computation and data science, and hone their skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative environment are encouraged to apply--we want to connect with you! Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Conduct independent computational research and develop independent research ideas in renewable energy

  • Collaborate on team assignments and proposals with a complementary team of research staff across PNNL.

  • Lead manuscript development.

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings

  • Establish a technical reputation in professional community including professional societies, other laboratories, academia, and industry.

  • Mentor and train junior level researchers.

  • Receives mentorship on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicates the importance within the work team.

We offer competitive relocation, health, and retirement benefits packages, including a pension plan and 401k. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About PNNL : At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules, telework options, a pension and 401k plan. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in chemistry, physics or materials engineering

  • Ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams

  • Post-doctoral experience in one or more of the areas identified above.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Experience with electronic structure and atomistic simulations codes are imperative.

  • Programming skills (Fortran, C, C++), theory development and experience with modern high-performance computation platforms are critical for a successful appointment.

  • Good knowledge of ab initio molecular dynamics codes, classical molecular software and quantum chemical software

  • Additional expertise in statistical analysis of data and training of neural networks would be beneficial.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Basic/Applied Molecular Found

Opening Date: 2021-06-02

Closing Date: 2021-06-16