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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Subsurface Scientist (Level 4) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309180

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Hydrology

Job Description

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. We seek subsurface scientists who are able to lead interdisciplinary research in support of existing and emerging federally-funded programs focused on characterization, initiation, and control in subsurface environments. This includes primary application areas of environmental management and remediation, but also includes subsurface energy systems. The successful candidates will be expected to be a subsurface domain expert with significant experience in computational modeling. Preference will be given to candidates that have demonstrated experience in building and managing interdisciplinary teams to solve complex challenges in environmental management and remediation. The successful candidate will be required to effectively communicate with clients, lead and develop externally funded proposals, and prepare manuscripts for publication. The successful candidate will also be expected to mentor other staff.


The incumbent will work as a technical leader collaborating with junior and senior scientists and engineers, and will be responsible for performing the following functions:

  • Developing new state-of-the-art technologies and technical approaches to advance high-impact science that raise PNNL’s visibility and reputation.

  • Lead an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.

  • Leading the direction of PNNL’s overall strategies in the areas of subsurface environmental remediation.

  • Master the regulatory conditions that govern subsurface activity and devising novel techniques for communicating the results of those activities to the regulatory community.

  • Working with members of technical and management teams to lead proposals.

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

  • Publication of key scientific findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals as well as presentation of scientific work at professional conferences.

  • Participation in professional societies at the regional and national level.

  • Compliance with PNNL’s policies regarding environmental health and safety, waste management, and protection of intellectual property

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 5 years of experience

  • PhD with 3 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in technically relevant discipline (e.g., hydrology, water resources, or related) with significant experience in conceptual and computational modeling.

  • Expertise in multiple subsurface flow and solute transport models (e.g., eSTOMP, PFLOTRAN, 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)

  • 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: 2019-04-04

Closing Date: 2019-05-19