Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with strong background in experimental field measurements to join an interdisciplinary team unravelling the processes governing the response of coastal terrestrial-aquatic interfaces to storm surge-based perturbation.
The candidate will be stationed primarily at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD, and will lead the execution of a large-scale field manipulation that is currently under construction. The manipulation is expected to be long-term (10+ years) and aims to mimic storm surge-based intrusion of seawater into a coastal forest. The candidate will have a significant and unique opportunity to be a founding member of the experimental team, and to leverage the experiment and its ongoing findings well beyond their tenure as a postdoctoral associate. The candidate will interface with a number of projects occurring within and adjacent to the experimental system, ranging from soil molecular processes to vegetation physiology to numerical modeling. In addition to implementing the experiment, duties will include peer-reviewed publication of study results, with a flexible disciplinary focus.
This is a full-time position anticipated to last 3 years (contingent on performance) starting in very early 2019. Applications should be submitted at jobs.pnnl.gov. When prompted to upload a résumé, please provide a single PDF filecontaining (1) a cover letter of 1 to 2 pages summarizing research interests and qualifications that fit the advertised position and possible start date at PNNL if selected, and (2) a CV listing past employment, education and research experiences, skills, publications, and contact information of three references.
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to execute field work including experience with in situ field sensors and associated data loggers. Ability to handle and analyze diverse types of datasets using contemporary scripting languages such as R, MATLAB, and/or Python. Strong written and oral communication skills with significant motivation to publish in the peer reviewed literature. Strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary science, with the willingness and ability to work independently when required.
In addition to the above attributes, the candidate should have expertise in one or more of the following:
Soil and subsurface biogeochemistry, particularly across fresh to saline gradients
Environmental microbial ‘omics
Soil greenhouse gas fluxes
Tree physiology and/or forest ecology
Hydrological and biogeochemical modeling
Ph.D. in an environmental or earth sciences oriented field (e.g., ecology, biogeosciences, environmental microbiology, etc.). Experience with terrestrial or aquatic biogeochemistry, soil processes, or vegetation physiology.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 309062
About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the nation's premier laboratory for scientific discovery in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics and for solutions to the nation's toughest challenges in energy resiliency and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit PNNL's News Center or look up current job openings by searching for "chemistry" at jobs.pnnl.gov.