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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Manager, Coastal Research in SEQUIM, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309664

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

The Coastal Sciences Division within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a Technical Group Manager (GM) located at the Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL) campus in Sequim, Washington. The role of the TGM is to maintain and develop technical capabilities aligned with research areas and business needs. The TGM directs all aspects of Group operations including staff, facilities and equipment and is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment and instilling a strong safety culture. The TGM is a key interface between the group and various business sectors, projects, and support functions within PNNL.

The Coastal Research Group consists of staff and research associates, a third of which are located in the Seattle office, working in biotechnology and ecosystem science research areas within the coastal zone. The Technical Group Manager will directly manage three team leads who supervise Coastal Sciences staff.

Coastal Sciences Division includes technical experts in carbon/nutrient dynamics and processes at the terrestrial/aquatic interface, research on algal productivity for use in biochemical and biofuels, targeted element extraction from marine waters, quantifying and improving environmental performance of renewable ocean energy systems, understanding biogeochemical processes in sediments and surface waters, studying harmful algal blooms, coastal ecosystem functions and restoration ecology, biofouling and biocorrosion science, quantifying physical and biological processes affecting fossil hydrocarbon transport and fate in deep-water and arctic conditions, ultratrace analytical chemistry, signature discovery, marine hydrodynamic modelling, and extreme events research. Work is conducted in BSL1 and BSL2 laboratories, flow-through seawater laboratories, electronics/optics labs, chemistry labs, model simulations, and in the field –at the MSL and locations around the northwest and the globe. The focus of this TGM position will be on stewarding and developing staff capabilities across the whole group, engaging with key sponsors and partners within PNNL and externally, networking to enable staff collaboration internally and externally to PNNL, and aiding Sector Managers in growing the business portfolio. The TGM will manage and support the Coastal Sciences team leads, and work closely with the Division Director.

Principle responsibilities:

  • Partner with Division Director, Market Sector Managers, and Project Management Office Directors to identify future resource needs.

  • Coordinate with Division Director to grow strategic capability for the Marine Sciences Laboratory consistent with the Division Strategy and the needs of PNNL’s sectors and clients.

  • Work closely with the team leads to enable staff potential. This includes assisting staff with their professional development and helping them grow their careers. Using the performance review process, coaching and mentoring and serving as a staff advocate.

  • Steward group capabilities, including hiring staff.

  • Create connections and networking among members of the group, across the Division, and across PNNL. Understand, synthesize, and communicate capabilities of the group internally and externally

  • Bring capabilities to the market. Help position staff members to engage in business development activities and proposal writing. Identify project opportunities for staff.

  • Assure staff have the tools and resources they need to do their job.

  • Responsible for budgeting and asset management to ensure facilities, equipment, and operating procedures are adequate and ready to carry out business focus

  • Recognize and reward accomplishments and strong performance. Create an environment that values and respects each staff member for the contributions they make to our mission.

  • Set the standard and promote a culture that values safe conduct of research, operational discipline and adhering to company policy.

  • Assure staff deliver high quality products.

  • Engage at mid-level with other national laboratories, industry, and across Battelle.

  • Provide safety and compliance oversight and direction for conduct of high-risk research operations both in the laboratories and in the field, including diving and boat operations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree plus 10 years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 8 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The incumbent is expected to be a technical expert in at least one of the technical fields represented in the group.

  • Recognized successful performance as a senior scientist/engineer and project manager, including client relationship management, is desired.

  • Demonstrated experience with managing field/lab operations from safety and compliance standpoints is desired, including diving/boat operations.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain radiological worker qualification.

  • Hold DOE security clearance or equivalent is preferred but not required.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience relative to the essential responsibilities of the position.

  • Strong, proven interpersonal communications, oral and written, problem solving and human relations skills are also needed to communicate well with internal staff and to succeed at group goals and objectives.

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

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • The position will be based in Sequim, Washington

  • Minimum monthly visit to the Seattle office.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Coastal Sciences

Opening Date: 2019-08-05

Closing Date: 2019-08-26