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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Computational Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309656

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Science

Group: Scientific & Computing Operations

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) seeks a computational scientist focused advanced simulation, data analysis and/or visual analytics for predictive understanding of complex biological and environmental systems. The EMSL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility that provides innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science that addresses DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) programs by providing access to more than 75 state-of-the-art instrumental and high performance computing capabilities. EMSL users address some of the most important molecular-to-mesoscale challenges relevant to DOE missions.

The candidate should have experience in multiscale simulations of environmental systems, subsurface flow and transport simulations, computational modeling of complex biological systems, and/or advanced data analytics approaches relevant to DOE-BER. The position requires an ability and willingness to work with EMSL users to assist them in achieving their scientific objectives. The candidate must therefore be adept at assembling, motivating, and managing interdisciplinary technical teams through strong leadership, interpersonal, and project management skills and experience in addition to be willing to mentor, advice, and assist researchers with a variety of research interests. The candidate will also help lead peer-reviewed research in areas of research important to EMSL and PNNL, and contribute to ongoing research efforts. Senior candidates will quickly establish themselves as independent principal investigators (PIs) through competitive proposals, and serve as an active resource for others, mentoring early career staff in proposal and scientific career development.

Job Description:

  • Expert in at least one S&E domain and the ability to connect multiple domains. Sought after within PNNL for technical leadership to set technical direction.

  • Using established cross organizational network, external peers, and clients to further outcomes. Leading organizational teams that proactively identify and promote new capabilities within a division and S&E domain, and advance the directorate strategy. Mentoring staff and peers across directorate. Leading through operational assignments that benefit the group and directorate.

  • Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects or large tasks Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. May contribute to directorate level operational improvement activities.

  • Holds leadership role in professional community. Organizes and chairs sessions at national meetings of professional societies. Lead author or developer on a significant number of technical products. Recognized by sponsors and collaborators for delivery on important programmatic elements.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

  • Collaborate with researchers on the development and innovative application of advanced simulation, data analysis, visual analytics, or other computational techniques relevant to BER research.

  • Attract and interact with potential and existing users with a focus on high scientific impact and/or early career PIs to encourage submission of competitive EMSL user proposals.

  • Provide technical feedback on user proposals and be available during review panels to answer technical questions specific to the EMSL Molecular Science Computing capability should questions arise.

  • Allocate resources and personnel to EMSL user proposals within project budget guidelines in order to execute the proposal. Manage resources to execute the user projects within allocated budget. Maintain open and transparent dialog with the users and oversee activities to ensure the proper execution of the science in a timely manner.

  • Provide advice and feedback to EMSL management on project execution (lessons learned, call topics, integration meeting planning). Provide information needed for facility reports and strategy documents (dashboard reports, workshop reports, strategy/planning documents, etc.).

  • Mentor staff and peers across directorate. Provide leadership in operational assignments that benefit the group and directorate.

  • Serve as a role model for quality, safety, and security. May contribute to directorate level operational improvement activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience; MS/MA/MEng with 5 years of experience, PhD with 3 year experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in earth science field and/or relevant research experience and a strong demonstrated record of accomplishment with high-impact publications and/or deliverables, and a national reputation.

  • Expertise in computational biology, computational chemistry, or computer information science, with demonstrated research applications in fields such as ecology, biology, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, geochemistry, soil science, geology, hydrology, or atmospheric science.

  • Demonstrated experience in computer simulation and evaluation/application of new algorithms and implementations in domain science applications.

  • Experience leading and participating in domain-science software development teams, cross-team collaboration, and project budgeting.

  • Demonstrated program development, project management, and/or line management experience. Experience with multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams is highly important.

  • Excellent communications, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills.

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 jobs.pnnl.gov.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Scientific & Computing Opr's

Opening Date: 2019-10-15

Closing Date: 2019-11-15

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