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Senior Applied Climate Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington State or Seattle, Washington State
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Aug 6, 2021

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Atmospheric Sciences, Global Environmental Change
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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking individuals to both strengthen and develop new capabilities in human-Earth system interactions and predictability. Successful candidates 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 with specific ability to apply this research at operations and decision scales. We specifically seek candidates with modeling and simulation expertise in topics such as water resources, land-use change, water and energy security, and human system resilience. Preferred candidates will have experience in these topics in the context of applied climate projects, such as climate impact assessment and evaluation of adaptation and mitigation strategies, including decarbonization strategies, in human-Earth systems at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

  • Work within multidisciplinary teams representing Earth system science domain knowledge, with active contributions to provide technical insights to existing projects and programs

  • Assist and/or lead the conceptualization, development, validation of coupled climate-water-energy models.

  • Participate or 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

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Senior Applied Climate Scientist Level 4: Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high-risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of medium to small proposals and the technical sections of large proposals. Mentor staff and peers across directorate

Chief Applied Climate Scientist Level 5 : 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience, PhD with 3 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, MS/MA with 7 years of experience, PhD with 5 years of experience.

  • Ph.D. in Earth system science; hydrology; geography; civil, environmental, or mechanical engineering; or related field with strong background mathematics, statistics, or uncertainty quantification preferred.

  • Experience in development and execution of physics-based or data-driven models, including demonstrated knowledge of one or more programming languages

  • Demonstrated experience in publishing in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals

  • National lab or federal government experience or understanding preferred

An excellent compensation and benefits package offered including medical, dental, vision, prescription, life insurance, pension, savings plan and a full relocation package offered.

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



Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, located in Richland, WA is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ten national laboratories, managed by DOE's Office of Science. PNNL also performs research for other DOE offices as well as government agencies, universities, and industry to deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet today's key national needs. PNNL currently has approximately 4,700 staff members and a business volume of $881 million. The William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science national scientific user facility, is located on PNNL's Richland campus.
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