Post Bachelor Research Associate (Computational Hydrogeology)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Seattle, WA, US

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310805

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Hydrology

Job Description

The Hydrology Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develops resilient and sustainable solutions for complex, national and global scale challenges in energy and water systems using advanced computational modeling, sensor development and deployment, and novel geospatial and data analytics.

We are seeking a research assistant with a recent bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related from an accredited university. The post-bachelor will assist in software tool development for a number of subsurface hydrologic applications. Such applications include employing physics-based machine learning algorithms for carbon sequestration, employing optimization schemes for subsurface monitoring, and incorporating geo-based knowledge into multiphase flow reservoir simulators. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in the development of decision support software tools which represent engineered controls on subsurface processes. The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks.

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

  • BS/BA in Computer Science or related field with 0 years of experience

  • Fluency in one or more programming and scripting languages (e.g., JAVA, PYTHON, R)

  • Familiarity with object-oriented design and software development processes (e.g., version control, QA/QC, unit testing)

  • Experience with scientific visualization tools and data formats (e.g., SWT, HDF5)

  • Experience with web development tools (JavaScript, CSS, SQL)

  • Experience in GUI development for subsurface reservoir engineering tools (e.g., DREAM, NRAP-Open-IAM)

  • Prior experience working for a National Laboratory

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Hydrology

Opening Date: 2020-05-06

Closing Date: 2020-06-05





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