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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Soil Biogeochemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311656

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences

Group: Environmental Transform & Interactions

Job Description

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Division seeks a Soil Biogeochemist focused on understanding the biogeochemical and microbial processes that drive fate and transformations of nutrients in soil and shallow subsurface environment. This candidate will work in the EMSL User Facility engage in user research, as well as and participate in PNNL and EMSL research and capability development projects that explore the mechanisms and biogeochemical conditions by which organic matter and microbial residues are stabilized or released by mineral surfaces and interfaces. This position will provide an opportunity to work with a diverse team of scientists to understand the molecular processes that regulate soil, microbial, and ecosystem biogeochemistry. In addition, the individual will be expected develop their own research projects and to expand the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) capabilities within this scope in effort to attract an active user community.

The position will entail employment of many of the tools available within EMSL to elucidate both biotic and abiotic soil processes occurring at and near the mineral-microbial interface. Applicants with research experience operating and analyzing data from ultrahigh mass resolution mass spectrometry, pyrolysis-GC-MS, and/or X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is desired. Experience in collaborating with other User Facilities for multimodal studies is desirable, particularly with facilities that have synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy capabilities. The candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. The applicant will be expected to contribute to ideas and methods expanding on existing R&D and collaborate on reports, papers, posters, and presentations. The candidate must also demonstrate initiative, creativity and innovative thinking, and high tolerance for the ambiguity, dynamics, and diversity of work characteristic of a research environment.

EMSL is a national scientific user facility and research directorate located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). EMSL is supported and stewarded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). The EMSL User facility is designed to provide innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science that addresses BER programs by providing access to more than 75 state-of-the-art instrumental and computational capabilities. EMSL Users address some of the most important molecular-to-mesoscale challenges relevant to DOE missions.

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

  • PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mineralogy, or Environmental Engineering or a related field.

  • 2-3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience or other relevant skills.

  • Direct experience and expertise in soil biogeochemistry, soil microbiology, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and pyrolysis-GC-MS.

  • Experience in using DOE User Facilities

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 having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Environ Transform & Interact

Opening Date: 2021-02-12

Closing Date: 2021-03-04