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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemist Oceanographer/Marine in SEQUIM, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310277

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Enviromental Biogeochemist

Job Description

PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL) has robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, climate change impacts in the coastal ocean, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology, marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects in the coastal ocean.

This position will seek to enhance the current staff in marine trace element research and complement the analytical chemistry capabilities and programs at the MSL. The candidate is expected to lead an active research program through participation in proposals, participation in laboratory and field research, publication of research through peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, and integration of their area of expertise into the research projects/programs strategic to the energy, environment, and security focus of MSL. Areas of particular interest include: trace element biogeochemistry, sediment biogeochemistry, and development of novel trace element research and analytical techniques that will complement the MSL research programs noted above. The marine chemist will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to manage and grow their particular area of expertise within the marine biogeochemistry program.

The selected candidate will have skills in one or more of these areas:

  • Overall Technical Leadership and Vision

  • Developing and optimizing research capabilities

  • Define objectives and providing an execution plan

  • Build opportunities through new hires and existing expertise

  • Business Development

  • Lead and engage in writing of white papers and proposals

  • Coordinate and participate in the pursuit of opportunities internally and externally

  • Identify emerging opportunities

  • Project Management

  • The staff member will be accountable for scope, schedule and budget activities to deliver high technical quality of research project work products; and directing teams of peers and subordinates.

  • The staff member will manage a portfolio of mid-scale projects.

  • Delivery and Communication

  • Ensure communication with current and potential sponsors are coordinated with PNNL’s strategy

  • Ensure products communicate the importance of the research to non-experts

  • Ensure successes are thoroughly communicated up and down the chain with credit to appropriate scientists

  • Promote a culture of publication in peer-reviewed journals

  • Leading and mentoring technical staff.

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

Level 3: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities.

Level 4: Proven track record of peer review publications and participation in events as an invited speaker, along with attracting new work and successfully bringing funds to the lab. Experience managing diverse teams of people. Ability to manage business situations and influence positive outcomes. A background to lead the program to be view favorably, and will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to manage and grow a biogeochemistry program, building on the facilities and expertise that already exist at MSL.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Level 3: BS/BA with 5 years’ experience, or MS/MA with 3 years’ experience, or PhD with 1 years’ experience.

  • Level 4: BS/BA with 7 years’ experience, or MS/MA with 5 years’ experience, or PhD with 3 years’ experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recognized expertise in trace element biogeochemistry.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication including oral and written skills.

  • Knowledge and experience of minor and trace element analysis applied to marine systems.

  • Experience working in diverse teams of people.

  • Ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes.

  • Experience with development of field- and process-oriented biogeochemical research programs.

  • Experience in successfully winning funding for projects in this research area.

  • Established reputation in biogeochemistry.

  • Exceptional research, as well as the ability to work on several tasks concurrently.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication including oral and written skills.

  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications and participation in events as an invited speaker.

  • Established network across academic and industrial partners.

  • Proven ability to set realistic expectations and deliver work on time and in budget.

  • Strong sense of integrity and proven leadership.

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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Coastal Sciences

Opening Date: 2019-12-31

Closing Date: 2020-03-14