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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mass Spectrometry Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310421

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sicences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences

Group: Biosystems Dynamics & Simulation

Job Description

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) seeks a scientist focused in the area of technology development and scientific applications of advanced mass spectrometry. EMSL is a national scientific user facility supported and stewarded by the U.S. DOE-BER and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The EMSL User facility is designed to provide innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science that addresses BER programs by providing access to state-of-the-art instrumental and computational capabilities.

The candidate will be responsible for aiding in the development of a mass spectrometry (MS) suite, particularly the next generation of high-end Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry (FTMS) instrumentation including 21T FTICR MS, as well as the operation and maintenance of the instrumentation along with supporting users with these capabilities. We have a dynamic, world-class high-performance MS group and this would be a fantastic opportunity for a self-motivated individual who wants to continue learning and developing leading edge technologies and scientific applications. This is truly an exciting time as EMSL is currently making significant upgrades in MS capabilities for applications ranging from spatially resolved metabolomics to top-down and native MS integrated with electron microscopy in support of structural biology.

We are a highly integrated work environment and work on many team and collaborative projects. The successful candidate will work closely and interact with other scientists on various EMSL and PNNL initiatives.

Representative duties include:

  • Lead and support the development, maintenance and operation of the FTMS instrumentation.

  • Build a successful EMSL User program centered on these capabilities.

  • Work with staff on PNNL initiatives and programs to enhance the impact of these programs.

  • Contribute to a robust science program consistent with EMSL and PNNL.

  • Interact with and provide assistance to EMSL Users, researchers, visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, visiting students, and others working on projects in collaboration with the EMSL.

  • Interface with scientific leaders and EMSL Users, to help develop potential breakthroughs in MS.

  • Participate in grant writing, oral presentations, poster presentations, research progress reports, manuscript reviews, and manuscript preparation.

  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment, organization, safe working conditions and an accurate laboratory notebook are expected in addition to implementation of ES&H operations and security requirements and MS&D laboratory policies.

  • Document all developments that are part of this position, so that the methods can be readily transferred to others. These documentation efforts should be in the forms of "Standard Operating Procedures", entries in internal websites, and through PowerPoint slides as is most appropriate.

  • Mentor and train junior level staff.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidates based on the following:

Level 3 Chemist:

Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities.

Level 4 Chemist:

Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, or MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience.

  • Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Biochemistry or related discipline and postdoctoral experience or other relevant skills and demonstrated experience in developing and applying MS instrumentation as evidenced by a record of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Record of accomplishment in the development and/or applications of MS instrumentation/methods, including expertise in FTMS, vacuum system design and control, data acquisition, processing and analysis.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, or MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience

  • Preference to candidates with a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Biochemistry or related discipline.

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.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Functional and Systems Biology

Opening Date: 2020-02-03

Closing Date: 2020-03-03