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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sustainability/Life Cycle Assessment Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311194

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Operational Systems Engineering group

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Operational Systems Engineering group is seeking an experienced sustainability engineer to support a wide variety of projects through participation, collaboration, and management of multidisciplinary teams. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge and capabilities in proposing, designing, and executing scope related to sustainability engineering and life cycle principles including significant experience with life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing (LCC), and social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) methodologies. Additional experience with tools and analyses applicable to technoeconomic analysis (TEA), material flow analysis (MFA), and other quantitative methodologies used for resource characterization, planning, and analysis is also expected, as well as the ability to translate Federal energy/water policy into research proposals, priorities, and objectives.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks, and possess the appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to clearly define and articulate both objectives and outcomes of their research. In addition to high-quality support for clients (both internal and external), a critical part of the position is the ability to effectively build and manage inter-disciplinary project teams leading to growth in responsibility and career progression.


The incumbent will work as a collaborator with other senior scientists, engineers, and project managers, and will be responsible for performing the following technical tasks with the level of quality, timeliness, and cost, to meet required project and client expectations:

  • Lead the development and implementation of approaches, methodologies, and solutions to assess and solve sponsor-centric scientific and engineering challenges.

  • Lead the development of technical proposals, project reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers.

  • Lead or contribute to the growth of new business development opportunities and capabilities for project teams and the group.

  • Mentor and assist with the professional development of junior staff.


The incumbent will be accountable to:

  • Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles and responsibilities, following applicable project requirements and reporting procedures.

  • The Environmental Assessment and Engineering Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Level 3: BS/BA with 5 years of experience; MS/MA and 3 years of experience; or a PhD with 1 year of experience.

  • Level 4: BS/BA with 7 years of experience; MS/MA and 5 years of experience; or a PhD with 3 years of experience.

  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge and professional experience in the following areas:

  • Significant experience with life-cycle assessment research addressing diverse challenges and solutions for energy, water, and cyber-connected systems.

  • Approaches for integrating resiliency modeling and methodologies into the LCA framework.

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 participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

  • This position may include travel to sponsor locations.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Operational Syst Engineering

Opening Date: 2020-09-14

Closing Date: 2020-12-14