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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters Research Associate - Sustainabiltiy Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312704

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Operational Systems Engineering

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Operational Systems Engineering Group in the Earth Systems Sciences Division is seeking a full-time post-masters resilience and sustainability engineer/scientist to support a wide variety of projects through participation and collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. The successful candidate will have a combination of coursework and demonstrated knowledge with complex systems engineering and modeling based on first principles. Motivated and diversly skilled candidates are sought with demonstrated examples or proficiencies in assessing infrastructure resiliency (water, energy, waste); development and application of system models for resilience improvements including resource flows, tradeoffs and prioritization metrics; preparing draft data visualizations, memos and presentations of results; interacting with and briefing funding agencies; and contributing to proposals to apply the results and expand capabilities. Candidates should be self-directed, proactive, and able to work remotely as needed while we continue to navigate the COVID environment. Must show interest in developing skillsets to meet dynamic team and lab needs.

Additional experience or exposure to tools and analyses including life cycle assessment (LCA) life cycle costing (LCC), social life cycle assessment (S-LCA), environmental justice screening and mapping tool (EJSCREEN), technoeconomic analysis (TEA), material flow analysis (MFA), geographic information systems (GIS), and other quantitative methodologies used for resource and resilience characterization, planning, and analysis is also highly encouraged. Ability to connect and collaborate with university, industry, and Government networks is also desired

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.


Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks, and possess the appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to clearly define and articulate both objectives and outcomes of their research. In addition to high-quality support for clients (both internal and external), a critical part of the position is the ability to quickly and effectively develop and demonstrate skills and abilities that will lead to growth in responsibilities and career progression.

  • Lead subtasks and contributes to the production of technical reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers in support of principle investigators and project managers.

  • Ability to develop and maintain internal and external scientific networks.

  • Establish and maintain high technical quality in work products.

  • Ability to contribute to the growth of new business development opportunities and capabilities for project and program teams.

  • Effective written and oral communication is required as well as strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, multidisciplinary teams.

  • Excellent organizational and task coordination skills

  • Masters degree in Environmental/Sustainability Engineering or related fields, 3.5 GPA or higher preferred

  • Monte Carlo, attributional LCA, and consequential LCA

  • Exposure to multidisciplinary engineering/resource economics, environmental, and justice principles and methodologies including TEA, EJSCREEN, GIS, MFA, etc.

  • Programming and building complex models with big data

  • Immediate start 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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Although we are currently under limited operations with remote work assignments, selected candidate will eventually need to move to the vicinity of the Richland campus to engage with project and client leadership.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Operational Syst Engineering

Opening Date: 2021-09-14

Closing Date: 2021-09-27