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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Environmental Microbiology in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309259

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Environmental Assessment and Engineering

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Assessment group is seeking an exceptional post- doctoral candidate in terrestrial subsurface microbial ecology and biogeochemistry to conduct translational research that supports the applied science mission of the U.S. Department of Energy. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in the remediation or stabilization of persistent organics, metals, and radionuclides in environmental matrices or engineered systems. Applicants are expected to have a working familiarity with the use and application of techniques for in situ characterization and measurement of activity in subsurface and groundwater environments, as well as an understanding of coupled biogeochemical and hydrologic networks that control the fate of contaminants in complex subsurface environments. Preferred qualifications include experience with analytical chemistry, integrated –omics and analysis of large data sets, and/or stable isotope probing.


The selected candidate will be accountable to the following:

  • Principle Investigators and Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project, field, and laboratory procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget

  • The Environmental Assessment and Engineering Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork withinthe technical group and projectteams.

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

  • Ability to design and execute experiments that couple microbiology and biogeochemistry leading toan improved understanding of contaminant dynamics or to inform remedial application development in subsurfaceenvironments.

  • Develop and demonstrate systems-based approaches for environmental characterization,monitoring, and remediation.

  • Contribute to the growth of new business development opportunities and capabilities for project and program teams

  • Collaboration with multidisciplinary research staff, and develop and maintain internal and external scientific networks.

  • Mentoring of junior staff, students and seasonal interns.

  • Establish and maintain high technical quality in laboratory and field research processes and products with assurance towards safe work conditions.

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: Environmental Assmt & Engrg

Opening Date: 2019-04-25

Closing Date: 2019-05-24