Local recruitment: Research Scientist, Modeling and Analysis of Extreme Events

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richland, WA, United States 🇺🇸

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312577

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System Modeling

Job Description

PNNL is recruiting one or more scientists to perform research on analysis and modeling of extreme events in the context of climate variability and change. The successful candidate will work with a project team to develop/use innovative modeling and analysis approaches to understand precipitation and extreme events, their predictability, and their subseasonal-to-multidecadal variability and change. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Atmospheric circulation changes associated with internal climate modes and in response to human perturbations
  • Connections among atmospheric circulation and convection, precipitation, and extreme events
  • Role of land-atmosphere and air-sea interactions in hydroclimatic variability and extremes
  • Understanding predictability and improving modeling of precipitation and extreme events

These topics will be performed as part of the Water Cycle and Climate Extreme Modeling (WACCEM) Science Focus Area and HyperFACETS and ICoM projects, with the collective goal to improve confidence in prediction and projection of regional climate variability and change. More information about these projects are provided in the links below.

WACCEM: project website and recent progress

HyperFACETS: project website

ICoM: project website

When applying please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing your research experience and interests;
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications in refereed journals;
  • Names and addresses of three references.

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

Level 2 : Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicates the importance within the work team. Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges.

Level 3 : Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self with programmatic impact at the sector and division level. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Established local reputation with specialization in at least one S&E domain. Making key contributions in setting technical direction.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience
  • PhD in atmospheric sciences, earth, atmosphere, and planetary sciences, civil and environmental engineering, geoscience, or other related field
  • Experience with global climate models including idealized and realistic simulations, the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, WRF-hydro, and land surface models;
  • Fluency in Fortran, C++, and Python/shell scripting;
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently

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 jobs.pnnl.gov.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via https://jobs.pnnl.gov/help.stm

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: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth System Modeling

Opening Date: 2021-08-23

Closing Date: 2021-09-22

2 days remaining

Apply by 22 September, 2021