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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist-Clouds and Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311496

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System Analysis & Modeling

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a research scientist who will perform modeling and analysis to gain new scientific insights into processes critical for cloud physics and cloud-aerosol interactions and their roles in past and future changes in regional precipitation and extreme events. The ability to analyze large observational (long-term monitoring or short-term field campaign) and model (LES, regional-scale, global) datasets and to pose hypotheses that tease out new insights is critical. The candidate will also work with PNNL modelers to develop and evaluate new treatments of cloud physics and cloud-aerosol interactions that can be applied in regional and global atmospheric models. The candidate will have the opportunities to work with teams of scientists at PNNL and collaborate with other national labs, as well as universities, on other topics of common interest.

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 3 : 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.

Level 4 : Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects or large tasks Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. May contribute to directorate level operational improvement activities.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience.

  • PhD in earth, atmospheric, environmental, geological, hydrological sciences or other related field.

  • Experience in running and revising codes of atmospheric general circulations models (e.g., EAM, CAM, WRF) in high-performance computing environments.

  • Demonstrated experience with cloud physics and cloud-aerosol interactions.

  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing large observational and model datasets.

  • Experience in applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to climate problems.

  • Knowledge of measurement uncertainties and different types of model errors.

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

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

  • Experience in writing successful proposals.

  • Ability to publish work 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

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: 2020-12-30

Closing Date: 2021-02-28