PNNL's Earth System Science Division enables energy independence and national security through leadership in earth systems science, engineering, and decision analytics. Our work focuses on solving complex problems in the dynamic Earth system. Our interdisciplinary scientists steward a breadth of efforts that encompass research on plants to groundwater science and coastal zones, to storm prediction.
Our research focuses on understanding and mitigating operational risks at the interface of human and natural environments. This includes predicting the impacts of natural hazards and extreme climate events on Earth and human systems, along with the impacts of wildfire, flooding, sea level rise and storm surges. We focus on understanding and mitigating environmental contamination and increasing the resiliency, security and sustainability of water resources. We provide geointelligence through advanced sensing and data analytics to forecast complex system behaviors and operational performance to understand human-natural systems. This includes informed decision making and enhanced community resilience, advanced monitoring, and remote sensing of environmental systems for energy and national security. It also includes developing energy systems, including geothermal energy, sustainable oil and gas production, storage and utilization, along with carbon sequestration.
Driven by a “science-to-solutions” philosophy, we provide scientific leadership and technology to enhance national security, mitigate natural hazards and optimize disaster response. In the critical areas of energy, environment, intelligence, and defense, we deliver insights and decision support through the development of tools and solutions.
The Earth Systems Science Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Ground Water Hydrologist to join its Risk and Environmental Assessment (REA) Group. The individual will contribute to multidisciplinary teams of subject matter experts to analyze environmental impacts to ground water resources from various actions to satisfy regulatory requirements.
This position requires knowledge and experience related to groundwater hydrology, including:
- Principles of hydrology (occurrence and movement of water in the environment) and hydrogeology (formation and characteristics of aquifers).
- Groundwater resource assessment (water availability in the context of social, economic, and environmental constraints).
- Water resources legal and regulatory issues (e.g., water rights, water quality standards, NEPA).
- Application of groundwater flow and transport models.
- Application of data analysis methods (e.g., probability theory and statistical methods) to the evaluation of environmental data.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
- Contribute to the development of proposals, technical reports, white papers, and technical presentations.
- Contribute to and lead project work for small tasks/projects.
- Publish research in leading peer-reviewed journals.
- Present research efforts and technical work products.
- Contribute to business development opportunities.
- Develop and maintain an internal and external professional network.
- 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.
- PhD in hydrology, engineering, or related field.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Professional interest in application of ground water flow and transport to assessing environmental impacts.
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.
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