Post Bachelors RA (Energy & Climate Analysis)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

College Park, MD, USA 🇺🇸

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JGCRI REQUIRES THAT ALL APPLICANTS SUBMIT A RESUME AND A COVER LETTER, AS A SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT, describing how your education, skills and experience align with this position’s duties. Please attach your cover letter to your resume as one document when you submit your application online.

The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has multiple openings for a Post-Bachelor’s research associate to work on multi-disciplinary research that advances fundamental understanding of coupled human and Earth systems and provides decision-relevant information for emerging global risks and opportunities. The team at JGCRI is a world leader in integrated analysis and employs the best available science to inform stakeholders on the implications of environment-energy-economy policies, energy R&D strategies and global perspectives of Human-Earth systems science. The successful candidate will support research at the intersection of energy, technology, climate, and policy.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 2 years based on satisfactory performance). 

JGCRI researchers publish their findings in leading scientific journals and work with US Federal agencies, state governments, industry, foundations, and universities. JGCRI researchers are leaders in the international and national climate and global change research communities through prominent roles in science-based assessments of energy and agricultural systems and water resources. The work environment at JGCRI is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, focused on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, water and environment. Located in College Park, Maryland, JGCRI is a partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland at College Park.

On-boarding and work will be on site at the JGCRI offices in College Park, MD.


The research associate will contribute to cutting edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI and will have opportunities to coauthor scientific journal articles. The associate will contribute to analysis of energy and environmental policies, measures and pathways. This may include analysis using JGCRI’s open-source human-Earth systems modeling framework, GCAM, which combines models of energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, air-pollution, and ecosystems, and development of the CEDS historical emissions data system. Project work will include at least some of the following: using and developing computer models, researching energy technologies and/or energy policies, working with large datasets, writing scripts in R and python, working with stakeholders, giving presentations, and writing reports and papers.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.  Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have, or be expecting to receive a Bachelor’s program in public policy, engineering, economics, operations research, management science, computer science, environmental science, or related fields.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary. Background in energy simulation modeling or related quantitative research is highly desirable. Research experience in the field of energy and environment, understanding of engineering concepts related to energy systems, and programing experience (particularly in C++, R or Python) are a strong plus. International energy research experience and foreign language skills (specifically Spanish, Mandarin, and languages of Southeast Asia) would be a plus for some projects. GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

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About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at [email protected].

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation.  Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.