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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Field-oriented hydro-biogeochemistry of river corridors in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310864

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Biological Systems Science

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to work on pressing science questions related to integrated hydro-biogeochemical function of river corridors. The candidate will have opportunities to develop new research elements aligned with their interests, within the context of a larger river corridor research program that includes collaboration between PNNL and numerous other national labs, academic institutions, and industry. The candidate must have significant experience with field-deployed sensors and sample collection, preferably focused around surface and/or subsurface components of river corridors, though experience in other parts of ecosystems (e.g., soils) is also of interest. Experience with deploying, maintaining, and interpreting data from field sensors is required, and additional experience with developing new sensor capabilities (e.g., modifying commercial sensors, building DIY sensors, etc.) is desirable. Of particular interest are candidates with experience deploying and modeling data from dissolved oxygen sensors to study stream metabolism.

The candidate will join a team focused on developing transferable knowledge, data, and models of river corridor function, using field systems distributed across the U.S. from Alaska to Puerto Rico. The project uses a distributed approach developed by the WHONDRS consortium ( ), in which field campaigns are coordinated across numerous sites with significant amounts of collaboration with teams local to each site. This approach requires significant planning, organization, coordination, and communication. The candidate should expect to spend time facilitating these logistical elements and must have strong communication and organizational skills. The project will also involve the candidate traveling to numerous field sites across the U.S. to install sensors and collect samples. The field work will require significant travel for extended periods of time and will be physically demanding.The candidate will also be expected to generate peer-reviewed publications and engage in open science throughout all phases of the research lifecycle.

This is a full-time position anticipated to last 3 years (contingent on performance) starting in the Summer/Fall of 2020. Applications shall be submitted online at When prompted to upload a résumé, please provide a single PDF file containing (1) a cover letter of 1 to 2 pages summarizing research interests and qualifications, including specific sensor instrumentation experience and a possible start date at PNNL, and (2) a CV listing past employment, education and research experiences, skills related to the qualifications listed below, publications, and contact information of three references.

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

Demonstrated ability to conduct/lead field campaigns, preferably in river corridors.

Demonstrated experience for analysis/modeling of sensor (and other) data types using contemporary scripting languages such as Python and/or R.

Strong organizational as well as written/oral communication skills with significant motivation to publish in the peer reviewed literature, and to make outputs (e.g., code, data) openly available.

Strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary science, with the willingness and ability to work independently when required.

Willingness to travel throughout the U.S. for weeks at a time for field campaigns.

Ph.D. in biogeosciences, hydrology, ecosystem science, ecology, or related field.

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: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Biological Systems Science

Opening Date: 2020-05-17

Closing Date: 2020-07-15