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Computational Scientist - Geophysics

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307126
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Geophysics & Geomechanics Team within the Subsurface Science & Technology Group is seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong ethic of service to the scientific community and a commitment to both scientific excellence and national impact on critical scientific and technical problems.

The candidate will support research efforts as part of multi-disciplinary scientific teams contributing to ongoing technical activities, and contribute to proposals for future research funding. Specifically, the candidate will:
• Support efforts using time-lapse geophysical imaging methods to interrogate subsurface properties and processes related to subsurface geothermal energy production, geologic carbon sequestration, environmental remediation, and subsurface issues related to national security.
• Contribute to the development and use of high-performance computing codes for large scale and real-time geophysical imaging in the disciplines of electrical resistivity tomography, muon tomography, gravity tomography, induced polarization tomography, and cross-borehole velocity tomography.
• Contribute to the development and application of joint inversion codes and methodologies using disparate hydrogeological, physical, chemical, and geophysical data sets.
• Present research efforts and technical work products at national or international forums.
• Lead elements or sections of technical products.

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

• BS/BA with 2 years of experience; MS/MA with 0 years of experience; or Ph.D. with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• Preferred education is a Ph.D. within the past five years (60 months) from an accredited college or university and a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
• Demonstrated expertise in computational geophysics and inversion/inverse theory, with specific expertise in usage and code development of E4D (
• Proficiency with programming/scripting in Linux/Unix environments as well as standard office software, such as Microsoft Excel and Word.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as demonstrated via record of presentations and publications in peer reviewed journals.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307126
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Earth Systems Science
Group: Subsurface Science & Technology/Geophysics & Geomechanics

Other Information

This position is primarily office based but may involve occasional laboratory and/or field work. As such, travel to offsite locations may be required. Lab and field work conditions may include radiological, chemical, biological, and munitions hazards.