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Earth Scientist - Geosciences


Job Description

Job ID: 308093
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Interfacial Geochemistry 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.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:
- Support federally-funded research programs focused on carbon capture, utilization, and storage, legacy waste management, and development of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.
- Participate in development of new simulation and modeling approaches, with an emphasis on application of reduced order models.
- Work with members of technical and management teams to support proposals with a total value greater than $500K/year.
- Lead and mentor early-career and senior scientists in the conduct of modeling and laboratory-based research projects.
- Publish key scientific findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals as well as present work at professional conferences.
- Participate in professional societies at the regional and national level.
- Comply with PNNL policies regarding environmental health and safety, waste management, and protection of intellectual property.

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

- BS/BA with 5 years of experience
- MS/MA with 3 years of experience
- Ph.D. with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

- Preferred education is a Ph.D. in geosciences, geochemistry, geology, or petroleum engineering and at least 1 year of relevant experience.
- Advanced level of knowledge and/or direct working experience in the areas of oil and gas reservoir management, geologic carbon sequestration, or unconventional oil or gas development/recovery.
- Experience using subsurface engineering simulators (e.g., TOUGH2; STOMP-CO2) to examine research and engineering questions related to the sequestration of carbon dioxide in deep underground reservoirs.
-Programming skills in FORTRAN, C++, or Python and experience with analysis and visualization tools (e.g., MATLAB; TecPlot), high-performance computing tools (e.g., MPI; OpenMP), and heterogeneity tools (e.g., GSLIB).
- Experience with laboratory studies of CO2 and/or field CO2 test sites desirable.
- Demonstrated commitment to data quality and accuracy.
- Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by scientific publications and conference presentations.
- Able to work in a team setting.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308093
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Earth Systems Science
Group: Subsurface Science & Technology

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
- This position involves business development efforts that will require travel to off-site locations. Laboratory work will include chemical hazards.