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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Coastal Ocean Modeling in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312159

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Modeling

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to join a well-established coastal ocean modeling team to conduct marine energy modeling research in the PNNL – Seattle office. PNNL has developed a Current Energy Conversion (CEC) module within the unstructured-grid Finite Volume Community Model FVCOM (FVCOM-CEC) for tidal stream and ocean current energy resource characterization and assessment. The selected candidate is expected to improve and apply FVCOM-CEC to simulate the effects of tidal or ocean current energy extraction on physical and biogeochemical processes induced by energy extraction in coastal waters and regional ocean. The candidate is also expected to conduct model validation with field measurements and refine methodology for resource estimate. The tidal energy resource modeling project is funded by the Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

The selected candidate should demonstrate 1) strong modeling experience with state-of-the-art coastal ocean models, such as FVCOM, ROMS and HYCOM; 2) excellent knowledge in coastal oceanography and hydrodynamics; 3) good scientific writing and communication skills; 3) strong problem-solving and scientific programing skills; 4) solid knowledge of high performance computing; 4) knowledge biogeochemical modeling is a plus.

Ph.D. in physical oceanography, geoscience, ocean engineering, civil and environmental engineering, atmospheric science or related fields. 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred.

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

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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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2021-05-27

Closing Date: 2021-06-26