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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist – Atmospheric Modeling for Renewable Energy in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310967

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change

Group: Earth Systems Measurement and Data Sciences

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks an early career scientist interested in developing new scientific insights into complex terrain and marine atmospheric boundary layers for applications to wind energy. You will be expected to work as part of a team of scientists investigating boundary layer structure and dynamics that drive wind and turbulence fields encountered by wind turbines. Specifically, you will be expected to use WRF, WRF/LES, other microscale solvers, and/or state-of-the-art data analysis tools and techniques to address critical science questions related to turbulent inflow to wind plants in both onshore and offshore applications. A successful candidate will also integrate their model results with state-of-the-art observations of boundary-layer properties, including lidar and other technologies collected as part of DOE field studies. In collaboration with others on the team, you may also contribute to the development of new theoretical concepts and parameterizations for the boundary layer, including the impacts of clouds and atmosphere-surface interactions.

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.

Level 3: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. 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

Minimum Qualifications

BS plus 2+ years’ experience, or advanced degree.

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • PhD in atmospheric science, meteorology, or related field with relevant work experience;

  • Experience in running WRF, WRF-LES or other LES;

  • Fluency in Fortran and Python/shell scripting; demonstrated ability to write clean and flexible codes and scripts;

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;

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

  • Demonstrated experience with numerical methods for atmosphere modeling;

  • Experience working with unstructured grids and coupling across scales.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth System Measuremts & Data

Opening Date: 2020-06-29

Closing Date: 2020-07-28