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Group Lead-Earth System Predictability and Resiliency Group

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington State
$167,300-$251,000 + Benefits.
Closing date
Mar 25, 2023

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

The Earth Systems Science Division (ESSD) within the Energy & Environment Directorate (EED) is seeking a Group Leader for the Earth System Predictability and Resiliency (ESPR) Group within ESSD. The ESPR group advances fundamental and operational research on connected Earth, energy, and environmental systems through integrated human-Earth system modeling, sensing and measurement, and identification of unique natural process markers. These capabilities are primarily applied to address climate change impacts and adaptation and includes renewable energy integration and environmental monitoring, extreme weather event characterization and decision support for planning and response, and nuclear non-proliferation activities. ESPR has ~70 employees, including earth scientists, data scientists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, post-docs, and students. ESPR supports fundamental and applied research programs within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Water Power Technology Office, National Nuclear Security Administration, Bioenergy Technology Office, and associated industry sponsors; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Defense.

Job requirements:

Positions comprised predominantly of research management responsibilities, with significant span of control and/or delegated authority and responsibility. These positions generally manage multi-disciplinary organizations through staff leaders or subordinate managers. Management decisions impact objectives, goals and long-term success of the organization and Laboratory. 

The Group Leader reports directly to the EESD Director and will be responsible for:

  • Responsible for the direct management of 6 team leaders with each team consisting of 8-12 staff members.
  • Maintaining awareness of competitive landscape for ESPR capabilities and informing group and division strategies.
  • Being a key member of the ESSD Leadership team, championing the strategic, tactical, and operational success of the division in partnership with colleague-, group-, and division-level leaders.
  • Leading the development and execution of the Group Strategy, in partnership with Division Leadership and Sector Managers from across the organization that delivers successful outcomes tailored to PNNL and sponsor needs.
  • Developing research capabilities that are externally recognized for their national impact and effectively and efficiently utilized by PNNL’s research and development programs.
  • Working with sector and program managers to establish new programs based on innovative combinations of the group’s core competencies in response to PNNL and national needs.

The Group Leader will be expected to:

  • Steward and communicate the group’s capabilities and accomplishments with internal and external partners to advance the organization’s reputation.
  • Establish and maintain a culture of integrity, commitment to scientific and technical excellence, and delivery on commitments and operational effectiveness.
  • Implement all applicable safety, environment, security, quality, compliance, and administrative policies.
  • Nurture an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation that retains and attracts the highest caliber scientific staff and ensures appropriate mentoring and supervision of postdocs and students.
  • Implement practices to recruit, develop, assess performance, and retain talented people to support current and future mission needs. This also includes managing essential aspects of research operations and expert delivery, including interfacing with those responsible for managing project risk and execution.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 10 years work experience -OR-
  • MS/MA or higher and 8 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or advanced degree in Earth system science, hydrology, geography, physics, engineering, or related field with 8 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, and line management experience.
  • Outstanding scientific research and technical leadership in Earth System Science and Engineering with particular focus on integrated human-Earth system modeling, sensing and measurement technologies, or identification of unique natural process markers as evidenced by publications, intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing agreements, citations, presentations, and/or other relevant metrics.
  • A record of success in developing new program funding initiatives and a network of contacts with program sponsors relevant to ESPR.
  • Record of effective leadership and teamwork (interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills) in a complex scientific organization and a demonstrated scientific vision and ability to collaborate across business units to build, maintain, and market capabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage safely, securely and effectively diverse research facilities with chemical, radiological, and field/lab operations.

To Apply: 


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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