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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Computational Subsurface Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310095

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth System Science

Group: Hydrology

Job Description

For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. With diverse science capabilities and decades of experience in multi-scale modeling, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is committed to help address the newest challenges to our Nation. The Hydrology Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develops resilient and sustainable solutions for complex, national and global scale challenges in energy and water systems using advanced computational modeling, sensor development and deployment, and novel geospatial and data analytics.

The Hydrology Group is expanding its computational modeling capabilities in complex subsurface systems. This position is located on the Computational Subsurface Hydrology Team which develops conceptual, analytical, numerical, and data-driven models for a broad range of physical processes in the subsurface. Modeled phenomena range from groundwater flow to coupled processes involving multiphase and multicomponent flow, heat transport, and biogeochemistry. We seek established subsurface scientists who are able to lead and develop new interdisciplinary research in support of federally-funded programs focused in this research area with primary applications in environmental management, remediation, and subsurface energy systems. The successful candidate will be expected to be a nationally-recognized subsurface domain expert with significant experience in computational modeling, parallel computing, code development, and demonstrated success of building externally-funded research programs. The successful candidate will be required to effectively communicate with clients, lead and develop externally funded proposals, and prepare manuscripts for publication.

Responsibilities :

The Researcher will:

  • Apply principles of engineering, physics, and hydrology to advance computational modeling approaches to complex challenges in the subsurfance environment.

  • Lead an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.

  • Participate in the leadership and direction of PNNL’s overall strategies in the areas of subsurface environmental remediation.

  • Work with members of technical and management teams to lead proposals with a total value greater than $2-3M/year.

  • Leadership and mentoring of a team of early-career and senior scientists in the conduct of laboratory and field-based research projects.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 4 : Expert in at least one S&E domain and the ability to connect multiple domains. Sought after for technical leadership to set technical direction. Using established cross organizational network, external peers, and clients to further outcomes. Leading organizational teams that proactively identify and promote new capabilities within a division and S&E domain, and advance the directorate strategy. Mentoring staff and peers across directorate. Leading through operational assignments that benefit the group and directorate. 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.

Level 5 : Established nationally as an expert in at least one S&E domain. Establishing new approaches at a national level and advancing state of the art concepts. Established network across PNNL, other national laboratories, academia, industry, and professional societies. Collaborating with other Labs, academia, industry and leads multi-Lab projects Leader in the development and execution of directorate strategies. Sought out to lead laboratory teams that influence operations and strategies. Mentoring mid to senior staff across PNNL and collaborators. Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Contributes to directorate level or lab level operational improvement activities. Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability for writing concisely and clearly, are required.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 7 years of experience; MS/MA with 5 years of experience; PhD with 3 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in technically relevant discipline (e.g., hydrology, water resources, or related) with at least 8 years of experience in conceptual and computational modeling.

  • Experience in multiple subsurface flow and solute transport models (e.g., PFLOTRAN, eSTOMP, CrunchFlow, HydroGeoSphere, MIN3P, RT3D, PHREEQC).

  • Experience in post-processing tools (e.g., Tecplot, Paraview)

  • Fluency in one or more programming and scripting languages (e.g., FORTRAN, PYTHON, R)

  • Fluency with LINUX operating system

  • Experience in High Performance Computing and the parallel computing paradigms (e.g., OpenMP, MPI)

  • Field experience and familiarity with soil chemical and physical tests.

  • Experience working in an inter-disciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated success of articulating research through publications, particularly in top-tier journals.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Hydrology

Opening Date: 2019-11-06

Closing Date: 2019-12-06