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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist - Integrated Watershed Modeler in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311419

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth Systems Measurement & Data Sciences

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks an early career scientist to analyze and model watershed-scale hydrologic and biogeochemical processes by coupling the surface and subsurface flow and reactive transport with land-surface processes. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is required: watershed hydrology, watershed biogeochemistry, and model-data integration. Successful candidates will work with a multi-disciplinary team of computational and experimental scientists focused on understanding coupled hydrologic and biogeochemical processes in river corridors and watersheds.

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, meteorology, or related field with relevant work experience;

  • Familiarity with WRF-Hydro and ATS modeling;

  • Familiarity with high-performance modeling environments including compilers, linux shell scripting, and a computer analysis language to facilitate the operation, modification, and analysis of watershed models;

  • Strong skills in conceptual model development for complex real systems (e.g. gridding/meshing, mapping of boundary and initial conditions, source sinks) and implementing these in simulation codes;

  • Strong data analysis and visualization skills using R, Python, PARAVEIW, or equivalent ;

  • Experience with developing or modifying codes in a complex simulator;

  • Track record of scientific achievement in watershed, river corridor, or coastal modeling research;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;

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

  • 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: 2020-12-30

Closing Date: 2021-03-01