Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Geophysical Modelling and Inversion in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308886

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Geochemistry

Job Description

The Opportunity:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in understanding the complex systems and phenomena vital to the nation's energy and environmental resources as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD) and in close partnership with the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Geochemistry group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to investigate the application of engineered materials for advanced subsurface monitoring.

The Ideal Candidate:

If you are ready to advance your talents and training in geophysics and hone your skills as a postdoctoral researcher at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. The ideal applicant has an interest in advancing measurement approaches and applying them to complex problems. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Conduct independent research and work on team assignments

  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

  • Design novel approaches using seismic modelling and inversion

  • Application of laboratory and modelling results to field test planning and field data calibration

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL

  • Contribute as a team member to support publications and reports led by other scientists

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

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About PNNL:

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

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

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD within the past five years (60 months) in geophysics, geology, geomechanics, petroleum engineering, geochemistry, or related physical science and engineering field from an accredited college or university.

  • Training and aptitude in modelling seismic geophysical monitoring technologies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated proficiency in seismic modelling and inversion.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Strong computational and programming skills, including utilization of high-performance computing resources.

  • Finite element multiphysics modeling experience.

  • Application of machine learning to seismic data interpretation.

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate modelling tools as needed.

  • You do not need to meet all of the qualifications.

This candidate will work closely with staff in both the Physical and Computational Sciences (PCSD) and the Earth and Energy (EED) Directorates. The postdoc will work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the Lab and must be able to work closely and communicate effectively. The postdoc will have opportunity to work on multiple projects related to fossil energy and environmental management.

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: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2019-02-01

Closing Date: 2019-03-02