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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Lead for Environmental Molecular Transformations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309541

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences

Group: Environmental Molecular Transformations

Job Description

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) seeks a scientist to serve as the Group Lead for the newly created Environmental Molecular Transformations group working closely with the EMSL Director and the EMSL leadership team. The candidate would also lead the Environmental Science Area, one of the two core strategic science areas of focus for EMSL. This is a high visibility, high impact position executing on our strategy in environmental molecular sciences spanning work across molecular to mesoscale systems representing EMSL’s world class expertise in biogeochemical and physiochemical transformations, isotopic and chemical analysis and molecular plant phenotyping. The successful candidate will have a passion for cutting edge science and strategy execution as well as a strong desire to develop staff careers. EMSL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility that provides innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science to address DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) programs by providing access to more than 75 state-of-the-art instrumental and computational capabilities. The users propose to work with EMSL in BER-relevant science areas and if successful collaborate with EMSL on their science. EMSL users address some of the most important molecular-to-mesoscale challenges relevant to DOE missions. The successful candidate will quickly learn about the EMSL instrumentation, capabilities, science areas, the user program and BER’s scientific directions as well as line management responsibilities.

  • Manages multiple related teams, sets departmental priorities and allocates resources to align with business objectives and annual plan. Direct management of staff and teams, providing career development support and maintaining a safe and secure working environment.

  • National and international reputation in an environmental science domain relevant to EMSL research.

  • Established scientific network at other national laboratories, academia, industry and professional societies. Experience leading teams for research and strategy.

  • Executes R&D with national/international influence. Successful in obtaining funding from external sponsors and funding teams of scientists to conduct R&D.

  • Sought out for peer-reviews, invited speaker, and technically productive with peer-reviewed publications, chair session at national/international meetings.

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

  • Provide scientific and technological leadership and effective line management for the Environmental Molecular Transformations Group as Group Leader. This is a multidisciplinary group focused on environmental science research relevant to EMSL, BER, and other sponsors. Responsibilities include mentoring and career development of staff including annual performance reviews and career planning activities, scientific productivity and impact of the group, ensuring safe and secure laboratory operations, and recruiting outstanding new staff.

  • Execute on the Environmental Molecular Transformations science and technology strategy for both EMSL the user program and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Division.

  • Responsible for the Environmental Sciences Area for the EMSL user program. Engages the BER-aligned research community to determine current and future science challenges and opportunities. Working with the Deputy of Science develops an annual science call with input from BER program managers, recruits peer reviewers for science panels, and provides summary statements of panel discussion.

  • Conducts outreach for EMSL science at national meetings, BER PI meeting, recruits new EMSL users, serves as an EMSL point of contact for BER’s Climate and Environmental Science Division programs and projects, helps develop science theme for annual EMSL Integration meeting.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 9 years of experience; MS/MA with 7 years of experience; PhD with 5 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or advanced degree in a science domain relevant to the EMSL user facility (molecular biology, chemistry, soil ecology, hydrology, biochemisty, geology, microbiology, genetics, cell biology, plant biology/physiology) with 10 years of experience.

  • Experience managing large complex projects and with multiple participants.

  • Experience with line management responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated successful development and deployment of science and technology for the scientific community.

  • Expertise and understanding of the EMSL user facility and application of EMSL instrumentation and technology to biological and environmental science.

  • Knowledge of BER science and strategy.

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: Environmntl Molecular Sci Div

Opening Date: 2019-07-01

Closing Date: 2019-08-30