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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Leader-Environmental Subsurface Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311020

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Sciences

Group: Environmental Subsurface Science

Job Description

The Earth Systems Science Division (ESSD) within the Energy & Environment Directorate (EED) is seeking a Group Leader for the Environmental Subsurface Science (ESS) Group within ESSD. ESS has 60 employees, including program managers, scientists, engineers, technicians, post-docs, and students with a budget of approximately $20M/yr. ESS supports key basic science, applied energy and national security programs including (but not limited to) DOE Office of Science, Office Environmental Management, Office of Fossil Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and associated industry sponsors.

Specific areas of emphasis include high performance computational subsurface modeling, edge-computing, and machine learning to enable real-time predictive understanding and visualization of subsurface processes and systems; growing leadership class capabilities in geophysical sciences and uniting geophysics and interfacial biogeochemistry through advanced computing and fundamental understanding of mechanisms controlling hydrobiogeochemical fluxes in subsurface environments; applying fundamental principles through applied research at bench- and pilot-scale operations to enable leadership in environmental remediation of complex sites; sustainable subsurface energy resource identification, production, storage, and utilization (e.g., fossil energy and carbon management, geothermal energy, etc.), and national security. Leadership in integration of scientific understanding, computational simulation, operational systems engineering, and decision analytics provides the necessary technical underpinnings to establish programmatic leadership in resilient and sustainable solutions for energy production, storage, and utilization, and protecting critical national interests.

The Group Leader reports directly to the ESSD Director and will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining awareness of competitive landscape for ESS capabilities and informing group and division strategies.

  • Being a key member of the ESSD Leadership team, championing the strategic, tactical, and operational success of the division in partnership with colleague-, group-, and division-level leaders.

  • Leading the development and execution of the Group Strategy, in partnership with Division Leadership and Sector Managers from across the organization that delivers successful outcomes tailored to PNNL and sponsor needs.

  • Developing research capabilities that are externally recognized for their national impact and effectively and efficiently utilized by PNNL’s research and development programs.

  • Working with sector and program managers to establish new programs based on innovative combinations of the group’s core competencies in response to PNNL and national needs.

The Group Leader will be expected to:

  • Steward and communicate the group’s capabilities and accomplishments with internal and external partners to advance the organization’s reputation.

  • Establish and maintain a culture of integrity, commitment to scientific and technical excellence, and delivery on commitments and operational effectiveness.

  • Implement all applicable safety, environment, security, quality, compliance, and administrative policies.

  • Nurture an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation that retains and attracts the highest caliber scientific staff and ensures appropriate mentoring and supervision of postdocs and students.

  • Implement practices to recruit, develop, assess performance, and retain talented people to support current and future mission needs. This also includes managing essential aspects of research operations and expert delivery, including interfacing with those responsible for managing project risk and execution.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 10 years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 8 years of experience.

  • U.S. Citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in interfacial biogeochemistry, geophysical or computational subsurface science or engineering and 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, or line management experience; or Advanced degree in interfacial biogeochemistry, geophysical or computational subsurface science or engineering and 8 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, and line management experience.

  • Outstanding scientific research and technical leadership in interfacial biogeochemistry, geophysical or computational subsurface science or engineering as evidenced by publications, citations, presentations, and/or other relevant metrics.

  • A record of success in developing new program funding initiatives and a network of contacts with program sponsors relevant to ESS.

  • Record of effective leadership and teamwork (interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills) in a complex scientific organization and a demonstrated scientific vision and ability to collaborate across business units to build, maintain, and market capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage safely, securely, and effectively diverse research facilities with chemical, radiological, and field/lab operations.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain radiological worker qualification.

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.

  • U.S. Citizenship required

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

  • U.S. Citizenship required

  • Radiological, laboratory, and field environments

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Earth Systems Science

Opening Date: 2020-07-24

Closing Date: 2020-08-20