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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Applied Climate Scientist in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312257

Directorate: Energy & Environment Directorate

Division: Earth System Sciences Division

Group:Earth System Predictability and Resiliency

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking individuals to both strengthen and develop new capabilities in human-Earth system interactions and predictability. Successful candidates will join a group with extensive expertise in developing models that represent both natural systems (e.g., hydrology) and human systems (e.g., energy and water infrastructure) that are used to characterize human-Earth system behavior and their complex interactions with specific ability to apply this research at operations and decision scales. We specifically seek candidates with modeling and simulation expertise in topics such as water resources, land-use change, water and energy security, and human system resilience. Preferred candidates will have experience in these topics in the context of applied climate projects, such as climate impact assessment and evaluation of adaptation and mitigation strategies, including decarbonization strategies, in human-Earth systems at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

  • Work within multidisciplinary teams representing Earth system science domain knowledge, with active contributions to provide technical insights to existing projects and programs

  • Assist and/or lead the conceptualization, development, validation of coupled climate-water-energy models.

  • Participate or lead the development of new project/sponsor proposals to enhance fundamental and applied research relative to human-Earth system predictability

  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed human-Earth system research efforts and establish collaborations both within and outside of PNNL

  • Participate in national and/or international professional societies, advisory groups, and/or external collaborations

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Senior Applied Climate Scientist Level 4: Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high-risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of medium to small proposals and the technical sections of large proposals. Mentor staff and peers across directorate

Chief Applied Climate Scientist Level 5 : Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Contributes to directorate level or lab level operational improvement activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience, PhD with 3 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, MS/MA with 7 years of experience, PhD with 5 years of experience.

  • Ph.D. in Earth system science; hydrology; geography; civil, environmental, or mechanical engineering; or related field with strong background mathematics, statistics, or uncertainty quantification preferred.

  • Experience in development and execution of physics-based or data-driven models, including demonstrated knowledge of one or more programming languages

  • Demonstrated experience in publishing in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals

  • National lab or federal government experience or understanding 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.

Closing Statement

This position may involve business development efforts and may require travel to off-site locations.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth Syst Predicta & Resil

Opening Date: 2021-06-16

Closing Date: 2021-08-11