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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Earth Scientist- Coastal Ecosystems in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311690

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Coastal Sciences Division

Group:Coastal Ecosystem Sciences

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducts marine research programs in sustainable environmental systems focused on renewable ocean energy, climate change impacts in the coastal zone, ecological restoration, marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and coastal-ocean effects. The Department of Energy’s Powering the Blue Economy (PBE) Initiative encourages energy innovation to support a sustainable ocean-based economy. Research in PBE increasingly focuses on supporting resilient coastal communities, including aquaculture, desalination, remote coastal power grids, ocean sensors and systems, and extraction of mineral resources from seawater. Marine ecosystem sustainability research and technology support decisionmakers’ engagement in strategic approaches to emerging threats to coastal communities from the changing climatic conditions and population growth that degrade ecosystems, community infrastructure and resources. To support current and emerging research in this area, PNNL seeks additional expertise in the valuation of changes in coastal ecosystems to understand impacts on communities in coastal regions. The position will focus on sustainable, equitable development of resilient energy systems that support energy transitions and remote coastal and island communities. The successful candidate will develop and lead a collaborative interdisciplinary program of scientists and engineers in economic valuation of coastal challenges and new solutions for climate change impacts with a strong focus on social equity. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Leads and develops integrated interdisciplinary, multi-institutional teams with capabilities in economic-environmental and ecosystem services modeling to improve scientific understanding of coastal systems

  • Through research in sustainable development and finance mechanisms, including human subjects research, delivers scientific advances in coastal and marine ecosystem health, resilience, and sustainability

  • Leads program development through visioning the research agenda, multi-institutional proposal writing, authorship of peer-reviewed manuscripts, and technical presentations

  • Establishes a research vision and mentors early and mid-career researchers to contribute to scientific understanding and applied change-management in coupled human-natural coastal systems

  • Enhances PNNL’s national reputation in the field of coastal sciences, with emphasis on an economic and ecosystem services approach to understand and mitigate coastal change.

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

Level 4: Viewed as a technical expert in one or more relevant scientific domain, leads multidisciplinary teams as the Principal Investigator or Program Manager, and promotes new capabilities within PNNL, demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams, develops significant number of technical products or papers.

  • Demonstrated expertise in the ecological, social, and economic science of coastal systems, including interactions of physical and/or biogeochemical processes with humans and coastal infrastructure.

  • Work history of leading interdisciplinary teams to develop and execute major research projects.

  • Demonstrates ability to build research portfolio for self and for project team.

  • Viewed as a scientific leader with ties to professional societies and a strong publication and peer-review record in relevant field.

Level 5: Leader in the development and execution of PNNL strategies. 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 funding to support self and project teams. Collaborates with other Labs, academia, industry and leads multi-Lab projects.

  • Broad understanding of the ecological, social, and economic science of coastal interactions in complex multi-scale coupled human and natural systems.

  • Internationally recognized expertise in coastal science with demonstrated intellectual leadership on one or more specific research areas relevant to DOE’s emerging coastal system science portfolio.

  • Demonstrated track record of building successful programs and maintaining a sustainable funding base.

  • Viewed as a scientific leader with invitations to speak at national relevant forums and a strong publication record including invited book chapters and invited peer reviewer of significant publications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS with 7+ years of experience, MS with 5+ years of experience, or PhD with 3+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • PhD in ecology, oceanography, hydrology, environmental science, or related field with over 5 years relevant experience.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2021-02-19

Closing Date: 2021-03-21