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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Aquatic Chemistry in SEQUIM, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310452

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

The researcher in this position will work on a variety of projects related to trace metal biogeochemistry. A subset of the projects involve monitoring mercury and other trace elements in various environmental settings (i.e., rivers and estuaries) and sample matrices (i.e., water, sediments, and biota tissue) for environmental compliance. The researcher will also have the opportunity to apply their expertise to field-based projects focused on enhancing fundamental understanding of carbon and nutrient cycling in coastal ecosystems. Specific tasks include:

•Operate and maintain trace metal instrumentation (e.g., ICP-MS, ICP-OES)

•Develop and optimize analytical capabilities for marine trace element research

•Conduct laboratory sample preparation (e.g. lyophilization, acid digestions, etc.)

•Design experimental research focused on quantifying linkages between trace metal and carbon cycling in surface water, groundwater, and coastal floodplain soils.

•Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the Coastal Sciences Division

•Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings

•Contribute to technical reports and scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals

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 preferred candidate

• Is skilled at working in a chemical laboratory environment with common laboratory equipment and has experience preparing samples for analysis using trace-clean techniques

• Is experienced with ICP-MS, ICP-OES, MERCX, DMA, and/or TOC-L instruments

• Has experience publishing in peer reviewed journals

• Has demonstrated the ability to work well in teams

• Is a self-starter able to work independently to accomplish tasks in both the PNNL laboratory and offsite environments

• Has the capability to learn, implement, and compliantly execute the broad range of systems (safety, quality, procurement, etc.) necessary to complete project tasks

Degree in chemistry, earth sciences, oceanography, or related field.

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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2020-02-10

Closing Date: 2020-03-02