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Post Doc Research Associate - Coastal Biogeochemistry

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.

The Coastal Sciences Division, headquartered at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Sequim Marine Research Operations on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, is the Department of Energy's only marine research laboratory. This unique facility and the capabilities of its researchers deliver science and technology that is critical to the nation's energy, environmental and security future. 

Building upon a history of research related to marine and coastal resources, environmental chemistry, water resources modeling, ecotoxicology and biotechnology—and more recently, national and homeland security—the MSL is emerging as a leader in these three areas: 
  • Enabling sustainable development of ocean energy
  • Understanding and mitigating long-term impacts of human activities, including climate change, on marine resources
  • Protecting coastal environments from security threats 

The researcher in this position will:
  • Conduct laboratory sample preparation (e.g. lyophilization, acid digestions, etc.),
  • Operate and maintain field and laboratory equipment, as needed,
  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the MSL coastal biogeochemistry group,
  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings, and
  • Contribute to and prepare technical reports and scientific publications

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:
  • Is skilled at working in a chemical laboratory environment with common laboratory equipment and has experience preparing samples for analysis using trace-clean techniques,
  • Is experienced with ICP-MS, ICP-OES, MERX, DMA, or TOC-L instruments,
  • Has participated in proposal writing,
  • Has demonstrated the ability to work well in teams,
  • Is a self-starter able to work independently to accomplish tasks in both the PNNL laboratory and offsite environments,
  • Has the capability to learn, implement, and compliantly execute the broad range of systems (safety, quality, procurement, etc.) necessary to complete project tasks,
  • Experience with Washington State Dept. of Ecology’s Environmental Monitoring Data system,
  • Must be able to accommodate a dynamic and potentially varying work schedule, depending on project needs, and
  • Must be able to work in cold weather environments and lift up to 50lbs
Degree in chemistry, earth sciences, or related field. 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
This position involves working at outdoor field sites and chemistry labs

Must be a U.S. Citizen 

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