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Post Masters Research Associate - Environmental Engineering

Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Job Description

Job ID: 307726
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

This is an internship opportunity for a post-master’s research associate to provide full-time (40 hr/wk), year-round technical support for a wide-variety of projects through participation and collaboration with multidisciplinary environmental science and engineering teams. The successful candidate will have a combination of coursework, experience, and knowledge in applied environmental science and engineering, and be capable of supporting projects executing scope related to environmental characterization and monitoring; system design, testing, and validation; and translation of laboratory and/or process simulation results to field-scale applications. Work scope will be conducted in both PNNL facilities as well as remote field locations such as the Hanford Site. A working familiarity with instrumentation and controls, plumbing, fabrication, and/or other field ready scientific equipment is desirable.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks, and possess the appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to contribute to the research activities. Excellent communication and technical writing skills are expected.

The selected candidate will be accountable to the following:
• The Environmental Assessment and Engineering Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork within the technical group and project teams.
• Project and Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project, field, and laboratory procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget.

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

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

• MS/MA in environmental engineering or related science and technical domain degree.
• Perform basic and applied engineering and scientific tasks and activities with oversight.
• Cooperate with project team members and demonstrate mutual respect.
• Contribute to portions of journal papers, reports, software, proceedings, scientific and technical products. May contribute to the development of intellectual property leading to publications, copyrights and/or patents.
• Effective written and oral communication is required for this position as well as strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse, multidisciplinary teams.
• Work to broaden and deepen own technical knowledge and skills
• Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.
• Hands-on field-based experience and working familiarity with field equipment utilized for environmental monitoring and remediation.
• Coursework in hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, geophysics, or other environmental sciences.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307726
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Earth Systems Science
Group: Environmental Assessment and Engineering