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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Coastal Development Patterns in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310022

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Hydrology

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is starting new and exciting research in the area of integrated coastal modeling with a specific focus on understanding evolution and co-evolution of coastal natural and human systems. We are particularly focused on developing new modeling capabilities to represent human response and feedbacks to changes in the natural system (e.g., changes in extreme events such as floods), including identifying and modeling patterns of change relative to population, land use and land cover, economic activity, and other sectors in coastal urban environments.

The candidate should be experienced in at least one of the following research topics::

  • Remote sensing of urban expansion

  • Remote sensing and/or modeling of flood inundation

  • Urban development/expansion modeling (CA, ABM, ML)

  • Agent-based modeling of coastal systems

  • Coupling of natural and human systems models

  • Urban residential choice and land market modeling

The incumbent will prepare manuscripts for project reports, patents, and publications and present work internally and externally at national/ international conferences, and develop new research ideas independently.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Geography, Economics, or similar field.

The successful candidate should have good written and oral communication skills and ability to work independently and collaborate effectively in a teaming environment. Preferred candidates will have the following skills:

  • Software programming in a compiled, object-oriented language (e.g., C++, Java, Scala)

  • Geospatial and remote sensing analysis (ArcGIS, Python, Google Earth Engine, ENVI)

  • Agent-based model development

  • Spatial regression modeling

  • Machine Learning

  • Model Integration (particularly coupling economic or agent-based models with physical system models)

  • Scientific model deployment on Linux and HPCs

  • Version control systems (Git, GitHub)

PhD in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Geography, Economics or related field.

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Hydrology

Opening Date: 2019-10-22

Closing Date: 2019-11-21