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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, Soil Biogeochemistry in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309618

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences

Group: Environmental Dynamics & Simulation

Job Description

The Earth & Biological Sciences Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a senior research scientist in soil biogeochemistry with expertise in nutrient cycling and soil-plant interactions. Experience with chemical imaging of soils, plants, and rhizosphere systems is highly desirable. Experience with below ground plant measurements is also preferred.

The candidate will lead organizational and project teams to perform fundamental research, develop new significant project opportunities, and contribute to directorate strategy. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated success with acquiring funding as principal investigator or co-PI on multi-disciplinary teams, is recognized by sponsors and collaborators as a leader in his/her scientific community, and leads the authorship of significant technical publications.

Topics of research focus should include but are not limited to: Primary Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas, including those related to prediction of biogeochemical cycles in natural and managed ecosystems, and iterative use of models and experiments to rapidly advance soil and ecosystem science across a broad range of scales and settings, and development of new sensing platforms for field applications.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

  • This position features opportunities for collaborative research with PNNL scientists whose expertise spans a broad range of environmental, material, and computational sciences. The successful candidate will have domain expertise in soil science and biogeochemistry and will be expected to participate in and lead team-based multi-disciplinary science. Experience with advanced imaging techniques and cross-scale analyses from minerals, to soil pores, to landscapes is desired.

  • The scientist will have access to extensive research capabilities including lab- and field- research systems, multi-omic analytics (e.g., proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics), bioinformatics, advanced imaging, and computational modeling. The scientist would also have access to advanced instrumentation of EMSL, an Office of Science User Facility. It is expected that the candidate has strong leadership qualities; s/he will also have opportunities to contribute to the mentoring and development of scientific staff. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in setting national and/or international research agendas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 7 years of experience or a Master's degree with 5 years of experience or a PhD with 3 years of experience.

  • Must be a skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in soil science, biogeochemistry, or plant science with 10 years of post-graduate experience.

  • Experience leading the development of scientific programs and grant writing, with documented success in achieving funding through research grants from U.S. government agencies.

  • Due to the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of work at PNNL, strong communication skills and ability to work both independently as well as in a group setting with collaborators and others is necessary.

  • Demonstrated evidence of the ability author peer-reviewed publications.

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: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Environmental Dynamics & Simul

Opening Date: 2019-07-26

Closing Date: 2019-08-23