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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Coastal Biogeochemistry (carbon and nutrient cycling) – COMPASS Coastal Research in SEQUIM, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311883

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

The Environmental Biogeochemistry Team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral position studying the mechanisms of carbon and nutrient cycling across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces, particularly near the coast. The successful applicant will conduct laboratory and field-based research to test hypotheses about the mechanisms that control these biogeochemical processes under current and future climate conditions. A key element of this research will be identifying the primary reactions and microbial functions that are needed to inform improved predictive models at multiple scales. Groundwater-surface water interactions, organic geochemistry, rhizosphere processes, redox biogeochemistry, and microbial function are all of interest. Familiarity with targeted and untargeted organic matter analyses, biogeochemical analyses in the laboratory/field, and/or environmental sensor data analyses is an asset, but not required.

The successful applicant will work on PNNL’s Coastal Observations, Mechanisms, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales (COMPASS) project, which is a multi-institutional endeavor focused on understanding and predicting the transformations and fluxes of carbon and nutrients as they are exchanged across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces. Field- and lab- based understanding is developed in close integration with modeling needs and advances. Research spans both seawater- and freshwater-influenced coasts. The research emphasis is primarily on terrestrial processes that are influenced by coastal waters. This project includes several national labs, universities, and research institutions across the US, affording the successful candidate the opportunity for exciting and diverse collaborations. COMPASS will hire several post-docs with complementary skills in coastal science, biogeochemistry, data sciences, and land surface modeling at all scales. The successful applicant will work in a collaborative team environment with scientists from within the Environmental Biogeochemistry team, across PNNL, and other laboratories, federal institutions, and universities.

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

A background in aquatic science, soil science, biogeochemistry, or organic geochemistry, strong verbal and written communication skills, willingness to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment, and proven capability to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Desired qualifications include experience with field work in aquatic and/or terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemical and organic geochemical lab analyses, and/or experience processing and evaluating sensor time series data

PhD in oceanography, limnology, soil science, environmental science, biology, biogeochemistry, or related field. 3.5 GPA or higher is 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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2021-03-29

Closing Date: 2021-04-28