Climate Resiliency Scientist 3

at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description


PNNL’s Earth System Science Division enables energy independence and national security through leadership in earth systems science, engineering, and decision analytics. Our work focuses on solving complex problems in the dynamic Earth system. Our interdisciplinary scientists steward a breadth of efforts that encompass research on plants to groundwater science and coastal zones, to storm prediction.

Our research focuses on understanding and mitigating operational risks at the interface of human and natural environments. This includes predicting the impacts of natural hazards and extreme climate events on Earth and human systems, along with the impacts of wildfire, flooding, sea level rise and storm surges. We focus on understanding and mitigating environmental contamination and increasing the resiliency, security and sustainability of water resources. We provide geointelligence through advanced sensing and data analytics to forecast complex system behaviors and operational performance to understand human-natural systems. This includes informed decision making and enhanced community resilience, advanced monitoring, and remote sensing of environmental systems for energy and national security. It also includes developing energy systems, including geothermal energy, sustainable oil and gas production, storage and utilization, along with carbon sequestration.

Driven by a “science-to-solutions” philosophy, we provide scientific leadership and technology to enhance national security, mitigate natural hazards and optimize disaster response. In the critical areas of energy, environment, intelligence, and defense, we deliver insights and decision support through the development of tools and solutions.


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking individuals to both strengthen and develop new capabilities in climate resiliency, energy-water nexus, water resources risk assessment, and human-Earth system interactions and predictability. Successful candidates will join a group with extensive and multi-disciplinary expertise in developing methodologies, implementing models and model data that represent observed and forecasted conditions in climate, extreme events, water resource supply and demand, critical infrastructure systems, human systems behavior, and carbon flux analysis. These capabilities will be applied to advance the research in decision analysis and operations at local, regional, national, and global scales for diverse applications and sponsors.

Studies the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and/or interactions of these systems with human activities. Uses scientific principles, instrument measurements, computer models, data analysis, and knowledge of policy and regulatory drivers to study the environment and/or develop solutions to environmental problems. Leverages knowledge and tools from fields such as ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, geochemistry, soil science, geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, economics, and/or integrated assessment.

The successful candidate will specifically be responsible for leading tasks evaluating the current state, vulnerability, and resilience of assets related to United States security, including critical infrastructure sectors or military installations. A primary aim will be the identification of options and strategies for effective adaptation under climate change. Towards this end, the candidate will be responsible for the development of novel data analysis and modeling approaches that can be brought to bear for a range of U.S. sponsors working in the climate security arena. The candidate is expected to contribute to technical proposals for developing new projects and business, work with senior staff and project managers to develop and implement project management plans for projects of various sizes, and work in a team environment of high-performance multi-disciplinary experts.


Minimum Qualifications:

+ BS/BA and 5+ years of relevant work experience OR

+ MS/MA and 3+ years of relevant work experience OR

+ PhD with 1+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Strong interpersonal communication skills;

+ Strong team player, and ability to solve problem and work independently;

+ Demonstrated experience with big data handling, time-series analysis, and advanced statistical and machine learning methods;

+ Demonstrated experience in water resources and security, climate sciences, and/or human systems dynamics;

+ Demonstrated experience analyzing observational and model datasets;

+ Demonstrated scholarly output in the form of peer-reviewed journals, technical reports, and/or presentations;

+ Proficiency in Python, R, Julia, and/or C++; and

+ Knowledge in high-performance and/or cloud computing environments

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable.

Additional Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignments Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable.

About PNNL

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.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Beginning 05/01/23, if you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

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Job Posting: JC245617561

Posted On: Aug 12, 2023

Updated On: Sep 25, 2023

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