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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelors Research Associate - Field Geophysicist/Geoscientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312193

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Environmental Subsurface Science

Job Description

The Engineering Geophysics Group within the Earth Systems Science Division is seeking a highly motivated individual with a commitment to scientific excellence and national impact on critical scientific challenges. The candidate for the Post-Bachelors Research Associate position must have received a BS from an accredited college or university in geophysics, environmental science, geology, hydrology, engineering, or a related field. The candidate is expected to support efforts using time-lapse geophysical imaging methods and other environmental sensors to interrogate subsurface properties and processes related to subsurface geothermal energy production, geologic carbon sequestration, environmental remediation, and subsurface issues related to national security. The candidate’s responsibilities will include independent field and lab work coupled with data processing and analysis. A successful candidate will also author reports, contribute to peer-reviewed journal articles, and collaborate with colleagues from multiple disciplines in the subsurface sciences.

This position has a heavy emphasis on field and laboratory Geophysical work:

  • Work in the field to collect high-quality geophysical data (electrical resistivity, electromagnetics, seismic, ground penetrating radar).

  • Use scientific knowledge and engineering best practices to improve or adapt geophysical methods for novel applications.

  • Position requires work in the field up to 60% and travel up to 25% out of state.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Must be U.S. Citizen

Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have experience in areas of geophysics, hydrology and geology. Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following is preferred:

  • Field experience using one or more geophysical methods (ERT, EM, GPR, seismic).

  • Experience in designing geophysical surveys to optimize data value

  • Experience in designing, building, deploying, and validating environmental sensors

  • Experience with repairing field equipment

  • Management, analysis, and summary of geophysical/environmental data

  • Technical writing experience

  • Good attention to detail

  • 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification

  • Demonstrates a basic understanding of multiple science fields such as geology, chemistry, and physics.

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.

Other Information

Candidate must have the ability to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Other Information

  • The ability to work in extreme weather.

  • The ability to move safely over uneven terrain

  • The ability to identify and respond to dangerous situations.

  • The ability to lift 50 pounds regularly.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Environmental Subsurface Sci

Opening Date: 2021-06-08

Closing Date: 2021-07-08