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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Computational Geophysics in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311131

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Subsurface Science & Technology

Job Description

Join a dynamic team of scientists focused on advancing numerical techniques and algorithms to analyze, understand and predict behaviors of complex geophysical systems over large spatiotemporal scales.

The Computational Geophysics Team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a highly qualified candidate with numerical modeling experience using geophysical methods contributing to one or more areas of subsurface characterization:

  • Joint inversion using geophysical (electrical resistivity tomography, electromagnetics, seismic) methods.

  • Coupled inversion using geoelectrical methods/models and hydrologic models.

  • Development of autonomous, time-lapse inversion techniques to be analyzed in near-real time.

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

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

  • Programming skills: Proficiency in Python/Matlab, working knowledge of Fortran, batch scripting, collaboration in git

  • Numerical modeling experience with one or more geophysical methods (ERT, GPR, EM, seismic)

  • Field experience using one or more geophysical methods (ERT, EM, GPR, seismic) and willingness to participate in field activities as needed

  • Effective communication skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • High performance computing (HPC), familiarity with MPI protocols for parallel computing

  • Familiarity with HPC flow and transport codes

  • Visualization (e.g. with Visit, Paraview)

  • Experience working with synthetic and field datasets

Preferred Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Geophysics, Environmental Science or Engineering; will also consider candidates possessing Ph.D. in other computational related fields with demonstrated experience using geophysical methods.

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Subsurface Science & Technolog

Opening Date: 2020-08-27

Closing Date: 2020-09-26