Computational Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
United States WA Richland


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) seeks a computational scientist focused advanced simulation, data analysis and/or visual analytics for predictive understanding of complex biological and environmental systems. The EMSL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility that provides innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science that addresses DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) programs by providing access to more than 75 state-of-the-art instrumental and high performance computing capabilities. EMSL users address some of the most important molecular-to-mesoscale challenges relevant to DOE missions.

The candidate should have experience in multiscale simulations of environmental systems, subsurface flow and transport simulations, computational modeling of complex biological systems, and/or advanced data analytics approaches relevant to DOE-BER. The position requires an ability and willingness to work with EMSL users to assist them in achieving their scientific objectives. The candidate must therefore be adept at assembling, motivating, and managing interdisciplinary technical teams through strong leadership, interpersonal, and project management skills and experience in addition to be willing to mentor, advice, and assist researchers with a variety of research interests. The candidate will also help lead peer-reviewed research in areas of research important to EMSL and PNNL, and contribute to ongoing research efforts. Senior candidates will quickly establish themselves as independent principal investigators (PIs) through competitive proposals, and serve as an active resource for others, mentoring early career staff in proposal and scientific career development.


• Ph.D. in a relevant science field and/or relevant research experience and a strong demonstrated record of accomplishment with high-impact publications and/or deliverables, and a national reputation.
• Expertise in computational biology, computational chemistry, or computer information science, with demonstrated research applications in fields such as ecology, biology, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, geochemistry, soil science, geology, hydrology, or atmospheric science.
• Demonstrated experience in computer simulation and evaluation/application of new algorithms and implementations in domain science applications.
• Experience leading and participating in domain-science software development teams, cross-team collaboration, and project budgeting.
• Demonstrated program development, project management, and/or line management experience. Experience with multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams is highly important.
• Excellent communications, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills.

Start date

As soon as possible

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