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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Subsurface Scientist (Level 5) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309186

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 nationally recognized subsurface scientists who are able to lead and develop new interdisciplinary research in support of 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 nationally-recognized subsurface domain expert with significant experience in computational modeling 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.


The incumbent will work as a technical leader collaborating with senior scientists and engineers and laboratory leadership to perform 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 and direct PNNL’s overall strategies in the areas of subsurface environmental remediation.

  • Have extensive knowledge 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 9 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 7 years of experience

  • PhD with 5 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).

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

  • Experience working in an inter-disciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated success in building externally-funded research and development programs.

  • 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: Earth Systems Science

Opening Date: 2019-04-04

Closing Date: 2019-05-19