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Post Doctorate RA - Integrated Human-Earth Systems Modeling-Energy-Water-Land Interactions

Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Job Description

Job ID: 306760
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory located at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, has an opening for a Post-Doctoral research associate to conduct integrated analysis of energy-water-land-environment linkages. The team at JGCRI is a world leader in integrated Human-Earth systems modeling and analysis, and uses the best available science to inform decisions by policy experts and practitioners – including national and foreign governments and international organizations – on the implications of interactions among energy-water-land-environment.
The successful candidate will conduct research by exploring these linkages through the development and use of integrated Human-Earth system modeling and analysis tools. Particular areas of interest include: 1) assessing the impacts of global change on the energy, agriculture, and/or water resources sectors, and the consequences of multiple approaches and measures for managing their impact; 2) modeling the energy-water-land-environment interactions in the context of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and 3) developing strategies to achieve both long-term low-emission pathways as well as meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover a broad range of goals including energy access, water scarcity, food production, air quality, etc.

Answering these and related research questions requires an integrated understanding of how energy, technology, environment, economy and policy considerations interact at global, regional and national levels. This research will therefore rely heavily on the development and utilization of PNNL/JGCRI’s Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM). GCAM is used at JGCRI and around the world for research and it includes energy system modeling, energy technology choices, international and national climate policy consideration, agriculture and land-use options, bioenergy and biofuels consideration, and the impacts of environmental change(s) on energy, agriculture and the economy.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance). The research associate will take a central role in cutting edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI, and publishes high impact scientific journal articles. JGCRI houses an interdisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to understanding Human-Earth system interactions with an aim towards addressing energy, environment and economic challenges and opportunities in United States and worldwide. One focus of JGCRI’s research program is the continuing development and application of an integrated modeling framework, the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM), that combine models of energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, environment, air-pollution, and terrestrial ecosystems.

JGCRI researchers publish their findings in leading scientific journals and work with US Federal agencies, State governments, industry, foundations, and universities. JGCRI researchers are leaders in the international and national global change research communities through prominent roles in science-based integrated analysis and assessments of energy and agricultural systems and water resources. The work environment at JGCRI is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, focused on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, water and environment. Located in College Park, Maryland, JGCRI is a partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in one of the following fields; hydrology, engineering, economics, operations research, management science, computer science, public policy, or related field. GPA of 3.5 is preferred. Background in computer modeling (integrated assessment modeling, energy modeling, or economic modeling) or related quantitative research is highly desirable. Research experience in the field of climate change and/or energy, and some programming experience is a strong plus. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary. JGCRI requires that all applicants submit a resume and a cover letter describing how their education, skills and experience align with this position’s duties. Please attach and submit the cover letter and resume as a single document on line.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306760
Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences
Division: Joint Global Change Research Institute
Group: Integrated Analysis & Decision Science Team