Senior Research Scientist (Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

, TN, US


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an opening in its Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) and Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) for a senior research scientist in the field of climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability (IAV). ORNL is looking for a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader to help shape and grow its IAV research portfolio.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to draw upon the substantial expertise and tools available at ORNL; including one of the fastest and most capable supercomputers in the world; world-class climate, population, and urban dynamic models; sophisticated data management and visualization tools; and an exceptional research collaboration environment. CCSI and UDI collaborate closely on research to better understand the implications of climate change on both human and natural systems.

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Major Duties/Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be a thought leader in the field of IAV research. She/he will be expected to grow and lead IAV projects and staff that advance the state-of-the art in the research, modeling, and analysis of climate change impacts.

Responsibilities will include development of new research proposals, communication with research sponsors, execution of research tasks, supervision of support staff, and communication of research outcomes via publications and professional presentations.

Qualifications Required

             Ph.D. in geography, environmental science, computational science, energy science, engineering, urban and regional planning, or economics

             Research experience in climate change impact assessment and/or modeling including application of climate model simulation data

             Track record of research excellence as measured by research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and service to the IAV research community

             Excellent written and verbal communication skills

             Ability to lead and work effectively with interdisciplinary research teams

             A track record of strong project management and mentoring early career researchers

Preferred Qualifications

         +10 years beyond PhD (senior level)

             Interest and experience in one or more of the following areas:

            Improving our understanding of climate change impacts at the land-energy-water nexus as well as impacts on critical infrastructure

            Improving our understanding of how urban ecosystems impact the climate system and are influenced by a changing climate

            Working with “big data” as well as expertise in data mining, high performance computing, and visualization-driven analysis

            Working on preparing society for and improving resiliency to extreme events

            Engaging with stakeholders and policy makers

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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