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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist- Atmospheric Model Development in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312644

Directorate: Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate

Division: Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change

Group:Earth System Analysis and Modeling

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory seeks research scientists to contribute to the development of state-of-the-art atmospheric general circulation models. The anticipated research topics include (1) conceptual and mathematical representations of small-scale processes like turbulence, convection and clouds, and (2) numerical representation of process interactions at various scales and across different components of an Earth System Model. The incumbents will have ample opportunities to collaborate with weather and climate scientists, mathematicians and computational scientists at various national laboratories and universities.

When applying please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing your research experience and interests

  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications in refereed journals

  • Names and addresses of three references.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 2: Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicates the importance within the work team.

Level 3: Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities. Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self with programmatic impact at the sector and division level. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience

  • Degree in mathematics, computer sciences, a physical science, or engineering, with a preference for training or experience in atmospheric and oceanic sciences

  • Experience with atmospheric models such as EAM, CAM, ECHAM, MPAS-A, WRF;

  • Fluency in two or more of the following: Fortran, C, C++, and Python/shell scripting;

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;

  • Proficiency in data analysis and visualization;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals;

  • Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently

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.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth System Modeling

Opening Date: 2021-09-03

Closing Date: 2021-09-28