Job openings at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Director for the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) at the University of Maryland (UMD). JGCRI, established in 2001 and located at the College Park campus of UMD, is a vibrant intellectual hub that develops, stewards, and applies capabilities developed by PNNL for the Department of Energy and many other sponsors to address key issues at the interface between human and Earth systems. The Institute includes over fifty full-time scientists, engineers, post-graduate researchers, students, and support staff, plus a number of guest researchers, joint appointees, and interns dedicated to understanding and exploring responses to environmental change across a range of sectors and scales.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an interdisciplinary, world-class research team addressing important issues in both basic and applied research. The JGCRI Director is responsible for:

  • The operation, reputation, and overall strategic direction of JGCRI
  • Representing the Institute in a variety of scientific and programmatic forums
  • Effective line management for JGCRI staff, including retention, career development, and recruitment
  • Working with an established line management and support team to mentor, advise, and manage staff performance and ensure efficient, safe, and secure operations
  • Providing scientific leadership and maintaining an active research program that is aligned with JGCRI’s basic and/or applied research directions
  • Serving as a bridge between PNNL and UMD to foster continued collaboration and growth of JGCRI programs

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An entry-level Computational Scientist positions are available at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). These positions target early-career scientists and will combine disciplinary research with programming and data analysis support, code development, and troubleshooting across a wide range of projects. The successful candidates will work with a variety of PNNL and external scientists, across a wide range of research areas in both human and earth system sciences. This will include dealing with JGCRI’s integrated assessment, global climate, energy, and ecosystem ecology areas of research; there will be opportunities to integrate and work with scientists conducting energy and transportation analyses, and large-scale numerical modeling.

The successful candidates will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Working both independently and collaboratively with other team members at PNNL.
  • Provide advanced computational infrastructure, R/C++ programming, and data visualization support to other projects as needed.
  • Lead research in their area of expertise: analyzing data, discussing scientific issues, and developing manuscripts.
  • Communicate science to funders and colleagues both internal and external, via academic manuscripts, oral presentations, conference outreach, etc.
  • Mentor interns and other junior scientists in scientific best practices, field and programming skills, and workplace ethics.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a creative, energetic, and collaboration-oriented postdoctoral scientist to analyze simulations of the global coupled carbon-climate system as simulated by the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), and using emissions scenarios from the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM).

Tasks for this position may include: (1) analysis and evaluation of atmospheric CO 2 distributions in historical E3SM simulations, and comparison with the observational record, (2) analysis of atmospheric CO 2 in simulations with different future energy use scenarios and/or representations of biogeochemical processes, and (3) analysis of total carbon flow through the coupled Earth system, including exchanges of atmospheric carbon with land, ocean and energy systems and processes.

The successful candidate will be expected to publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, to communicate research results at conferences and workshops, and to interact effectively with E3SM project scientists at multiple national laboratories, and other internal and external collaborators.

This is a full-time position anticipated to last for two years (contingent on performance), and starting as soon as possible. The location for the position is Richland, Washington (preferred), or College Park, Maryland. Location will be based on business need.

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The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has one or more openings for a Post-Master Research Associates to work on multi-disciplinary research that advances fundamental understanding of coupled human and Earth systems and provides decision-relevant information for emerging global risks and opportunities. The team at JGCRI is a world leader in integrated analysis and employs the best available science to inform stakeholders on the implications of environment-energy-economy policies, energy R&D strategies and global perspectives of Human-Earth systems science. The successful candidate will support research at the intersection of energy, technology, climate, and policy.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 2 years based on satisfactory performance). The research associate will take a supporting role in cutting edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI and will have opportunities to coauthor scientific journal articles. The associate will contribute to analysis of energy and environmental policies, measures and pathways. This may include analysis using JGCRI’s open-source human-Earth systems modeling framework, GCAM, which combines models of energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, air-pollution, and ecosystems.

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The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has one or more openings for a Post-Bachelor Research Associate to work on multi-disciplinary research that advances fundamental understanding of coupled human and Earth systems and provides decision-relevant information for emerging global risks and opportunities. The team at JGCRI is a world leader in integrated analysis and employs the best available science to inform stakeholders on the implications of environment-energy-economy policies, energy R&D strategies and global perspectives of Human-Earth systems science. The successful candidate will support research at the intersection of energy, technology, climate, and policy.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 2 years based on satisfactory performance). The research associate will take a supporting role in cutting edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI and will have opportunities to coauthor scientific journal articles. The associate will contribute to analysis of energy and environmental policies, measures and pathways. This may include analysis using JGCRI’s open-source human-Earth systems modeling framework, GCAM, which combines models of energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, air-pollution, and ecosystems.

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The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, MD has an undergraduate internship opportunity for one or more students to work with our earth system modeling team. The intern will work on modeling of the earth system using the open source tool Hector, related models, and/or continue the development of the CEDS historical emissions data system. This opportunity requires data processing and/or programing skills, writing skills, and good interpersonal skills. Applicants with particularly strong software skills will work on a variety of code development tasks that might include computational, data processing, and/or visualization codes in R and/or C++. The position is available for current students only, is a paid internship (hourly), and will continue through summer 2020 and the next school year (contingent upon satisfactory performance). The work location is at University Research Court off of River Road, accessible by University of Maryland-College Park shuttle to/from its main campus. Note that our preferred candidates are from local universities who can work on site, part time during the school year and continue during the summer. Co-op student applicants are also welcome.

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