Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Principal Biogeochemist - Sequim, WA in SEQUIM, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308401

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is developing 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 identify and steward growth areas in coastal/marine biogeochemistry, lead proposals, and manage and carry out research projects/programs strategic to the energy, environment, and security focus of the Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL). The incumbent will be responsible for growth in MSL programs focused on research and technology development in marine biogeochemistry. This could include ultra-trace analytical chemistry, investigations into minor and trace element biogeochemical cycling, extraction of minerals from seawater, sediment biogeochemistry, marine radiochemistry or another relevant area of growth.

The principal biogeochemist 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 exists at the MSL. Responsibilities will include:

  • Overall Technical Leadership and Vision

Identifies future needs

Defines objectives

Builds opportunities and uses existing expertise

Overall growth of the biogeochemistry group at MSL

  • Business Development

Identify emerging opportunities

Coordinate and participate in the pursuit of opportunities

Lead and engage in writing of white papers and proposals

Ensure proposed solutions include broad cross-section of PNNL technical capabilities to meet client technical needs

  • 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 to large scale projects.

  • Delivery and Communication

Ensure communication with current and potential clients are coordinated with sector management and consistent with the sector strategy

Ensure products communicate “why the work is important and the sponsor cares” at a layman’s level and within the context of successful site operations

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

  • Leading and mentoring technical staff.

This position is based in Sequim, Washington

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS with 9+ years’ experience, or MS/MA with 7+ years’ experience, or PhD with 5+ years’ experience.

  • Established national leader in biogeochemistry.

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

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication.

  • Good track record of peer review publications and participation in events as an invited speaker.

  • Good 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.

  • Excellent oral and written skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS or PhD degree with at least 8 years of experience in chemical oceanography or a closely related field.

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

  • Experience managing 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

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2018-09-28

Closing Date: 2019-04-15