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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist Hydroclimate Modeling in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312116

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group Earth System Analysis & Modeling

Job Description

PNNL is recruiting a research scientist to improve understanding and modeling of hydroclimate, the role of land-atmosphere interactions, and impacts of anthropogenic activities. The successful candidate will perform analysis of observations and design and analyze modeling experiments using regional and global climate models, land surface and river models, or other modeling tools (e.g., machine learning models) to elucidate processes that influence hydroclimatic variability and change. The candidate will also develop diagnostics and metrics to understand and quantify model skill and evaluate the impacts of land-atmosphere interactions. Model development may also be desirable to improve modeling skill and/or add new capabilities to address specific science questions related to hydroclimate variability and change.

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/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

  • PhD in atmospheric science, hydrology, civil and environmental engineering, geoscience, or other related field with 2+ years’ experience;

  • Experience with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, WRF-hydro, and global climate and land surface models;

  • Fluency in Fortran, C++, and Python/shell scripting;

  • 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

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: 2021-05-14

Closing Date: 2021-06-13