Senior Earth System Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
College Park, MD, United States
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an individual to provide vision and leadership to both strengthen and develop new capabilities to understand human-Earth system interactions and predictability. This person will join a group with extensive expertise in developing models that represent both natural systems (e.g., hydrology) and human systems (e.g., energy and water infrastructure) that are used to characterize human-Earth system behavior and their complex interactions. We specifically seek nationally recognized experts in one or more technical research domain (e.g., climate science, water resources, land-use change, water and energy security, and human system resilience) and have experience in conducting interdisciplinary research in coupled human-Earth system modeling across multiple federal research programs and offices, including the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC), DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other national security programs. The successful candidate will initially support projects related to climate science and resilience, including within coastal domains, and will be expected to develop externally funded programs that bring to bear our extensive capabilities in coupled human-Earth system modeling. A key role of the successful candidate will be to develop and implement strategies that leverage these capabilities for the benefit of both fundamental and applied research programs. Preferred candidates will have experience in translation and communication of human-Earth system simulations, including climate simulations, into engineering design or other decision-making paradigms.

Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Contributes to directorate level or lab level operational improvement activities.

  • Work within multidisciplinary teams representing Earth system science domain knowledge, with active contributions to provide technical insights top existing projects and programs
  • Provide technical leadership and direction for new research and initiatives
  • Lead the development of new project/sponsor proposals to enhance fundamental and applied research relative to human-Earth system predictability
  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed human-Earth system research efforts and establish collaborations both within and outside of PNNL
  • Participate in national and/or international professional societies, advisory groups, and/or external collaborations

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, MS/MA with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience.
  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA wit 11 years of experience, MS/MA with 9 years of experience, PhD with 7 years of experience.
  • Ph.D. in Earth system science, physics, or engineering field
  • Demonstrated ability to set and execute strategy is desirable.
  • Established, visible leader and spokesperson in the human-Earth system science community.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop teams with diverse backgrounds working on focused problems.
  • Recognized leadership in Earth system science or a closely related field as demonstrated through a record of scholarly accomplishment, honors and professional service to the scientific community.
  • Demonstrated success in conceiving and attracting funding for research programs involving multiple principal investigators.
  • Knowledge of government programs, particularly within the DOE SC, DOE EERE, USACE, USGS, NOAA, and national security agencies.
  • Experience in managing projects.
  • Significant programmatic leadership experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • National lab or federal government experience preferred

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.

Closing Statement

  • This position involves business development efforts and may require travel to off-site locations.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth Syst Predicta & Resil

Opening Date: 2020-11-17

Closing Date: 2020-11-24