Senior Scientist in Environmental Genomics - 4080

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Biological Systems Science Group
United StatesWARichland


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 and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD) leads novel and necessary research in three core areas of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Environmental Molecular Sciences. The contributions of EBSD staff are many as we continue to elevate the impact of PNNL's science missions to understand, predict, and control the complex adaptive systems underlying Earth systems, energy, national security, and human health.


The Biological Systems Science Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Senior Scientist in Environmental Genomics (akin to Associate Professor) who will bring an established and vigorous independent research program in environmental genomics (broadly defined) to our highly collaborative team at PNNL. You will strengthen and contribute to our established and emerging research programs in environmental and exposure sciences by developing new research directions and strategies in the microbiome sciences. We seek individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Innovative application of ‘omics technologies (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, metabolomics) to interrogate environmental biological systems, focusing on microbes (including viruses, archaea, bacteria and eukaryotic microbes)
• Developing novel computational approaches for analysis, data mining or data visualization of ‘omics data from environmental microbiomes
• Integration of ‘omics and experimental data into models of microbial system function and/or integrating models of microbial systems into earth systems and human health models

We seek individuals with strong records of independent creative accomplishments, demonstrable ability to lead projects and communicate effectively with colleagues and sponsors. The ideal candidate will have a track record for scientific leadership within their field of expertise and the broader scientific community. The candidate will also be expected to provide scientific mentorship to scientists in the group and contribute to establishing new research directions.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit:

In a single PDF file please submit a cover letter describing qualifications and a CV.

Questions? Please contact Kim Willer at


Minimum Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD in microbiology, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, or related field with 8+ years of experience
• Skilled professional who can independently apply, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts
• An established Principal Investigator (PI) with a sustained track record of independent research funding
• Demonstrated ability to lead teams of scientists and manage complex projects
• A national or international reputation in their scientific community with sustained track record of disseminating research through peer-reviewed publications, invited presentations, etc
• Strong communication skills and ability to work both independently as well as in interdisciplinary group settings with internal and external collaborators
• Skills consistent with the state of the art

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

For more information and/or to apply, please visit:

Questions? Please contact Kim Willer at