Project Scientist (Water Quality and Integrated Hydrology Modeling)

Berkeley Lab

Berkeley, CA, US

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) has an opening for a Project Scientist in Water Quality and Integrated Hydrology Modeling.

In this position, you will be expected to work on a number of projects related to water quantity and quality in the context of watershed hydrology by means of advanced simulation. In this capacity, you will be expected to employ a range of software tools in the DOE software ecosystem, including ATS/Amanzi, and PFLOTRAN, that simulate surface-subsurface hydrology and reactive transport in an integrated manner.

EESA is advancing and integrating diverse expertise to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into scalable solutions that simultaneously sustain the Earth’s environment and the growing need for energy and water resources. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop integrated hydrology models and implement them in the ATS/Amanzi simulator to understand hydrological response to perturbations at the watershed scale.

  • Develop and apply reactive transport models in the ATS/Amanzi simulator to understand and predict water quality in watersheds including those affected by contamination.

  • Design and carry out contaminant transport simulations at the Savannah River site using HPC reactive transport tools.

  • Flexibly use a variety of computational codes available in the Department of Energy software ecosystem to support integrated hydrology and reactive transport simulations, and perform code development and debugging. 

  • Use weather forecasting and climate models to understand and to derive forcings to be used in mechanistic integrated hydrological models, subsetting results where needed.

  • Use data-driven as needed to complement mechanistic models to advance understanding of integrated hydrology problems affected by evolving climate forcings.

  • Conduct variable-resolution global climate model simulation and analyze climate data in both western U.S. and eastern China.

  • Conduct innovative research and publish in peer reviewed and high impact journals. Regularly present findings at major conferences and workshops.

  • Collaborate with and/or lead others in groups and forge/lead collaborations across the Area, Lab and with colleagues at external institutions.

  • Develop conceptual ideas and prepare funding proposals. 

  • Contribute to Lab and Community Professional Service, and lead/organize workshops/meetings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent work experience) in hydrology, geology, civil engineering, or a related field.

  • High level of expertise in applying ATS/Amanzi and related software packages to integrated hydrology problems.

  • Expertise in identifying and interpreting spatio-temporal hydrologic patterns.

  • Expertise in high performance computing.

  • Ability to interact and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists. 

  • Ability to identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time 1-year term appointment with the possibility of extension for an additional year based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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