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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310608

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Subsurface Science & Technology

Job Description

The Environmental Signatures Team within the Subsurface Science & Technology Group is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position. The applicant must demonstrate a strong ethic of service to the scientific community and a commitment to both scientific excellence and national impact on developing transformative science and technology solutions relevant to our nation’s energy security and prosperity.

The selected associate will support federally funded research programs in carbon capture, utilization, and storage and legacy waste management. They will participate in development of new simulation and modeling approaches, with an emphasis on application of quantitative risk assessment methodologies, machine learning, and data analytics on subsurface systems. Through their work, the associate will also develop an internal and external network of collaborators and project partners and participate in professional societies at the regional and national level. The associate is expected to publish scientific findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals as well as present work at professional conferences. Finally, the position requires that the associate complies with PNNL policies regarding environmental health and safety, waste management, and protection of intellectual property.

The position is immediately available for 12 to 24 months, with the potential for an additional 12 months or transition to a permanent position, dependent upon available funding and sustained performance.

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

Preferred education is a Ph.D. in geosciences, geochemistry, geology, petroleum engineering, or related field. Applicants with a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, computer science, or data analytics will be considered if they have additional background in subsurface earth systems, environmental remediation, or a related field. 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.

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: 2020-03-06

Closing Date: 2020-04-05