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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist-Modeling Ecosystems and their Response to Perturbations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310442

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 to perform modeling and analysis of ecosystems and their response to perturbations such as land use land cover change, global warming, and other environmental stresses. Ecosystems of particular interest are tropical forest and coastal vegetation, which are experiencing compound stresses such as drought, heat, wildfires, and sea level rise. The incumbent will work on one or more of the following research areas:

  • Develop new process representations of vegetation dynamics for use in earth system models and evaluate models using innovative approaches and observations across scales;

  • Improve modeling of the interactions between ecosystems and key processes of the water and biogeochemical cycles;

  • Design, execute, and analyze numerical experiments using both ecosystem and earth system models to quantify and test hypotheses of how ecosystems respond to perturbations;

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with a team of earth system modelers, atmospheric scientists, ecologists and hydrologists at PNNL and other DOE 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;

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

  • BA with 2 years of experience or advanced degree.

  • Demonstrated experience in running codes of atmospheric general circulation models (e.g., EAM, CAM, WRF);

  • Demonstrated experience studying processes that control the aerosol or cloud lifecycle;

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing large datasets;

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • PhD in earth, environmental, geological, hydrological sciences or other related field with 2+ years’ experience;

  • Demonstrated experience developing and using land surface and ecosystem models (e.g., CLM, ELM, FATES);

  • Experience with data-model integration techniques.

  • Experience using adaptive meshes and advanced modeling tehniques.

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 Modeling

Opening Date: 2020-06-24

Closing Date: 2020-07-23