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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.


The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory seeks research scientists to contribute to the development of state-of-the-art atmospheric general circulation models. The anticipated research topics include (1) conceptual and mathematical representations of small-scale processes like turbulence, convection and clouds, and (2) numerical representation of process interactions at various scales and across different components of an Earth System Model. The incumbents will have ample opportunities to collaborate with weather and climate scientists, mathematicians and computational scientists at various national laboratories and universities.


Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicates the importance within the work team.


When applying please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing your research experience and interests;
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications in refereed journals;
  • Names and addresses of three references.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience
  • MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience
  • PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in mathematics, computer sciences, a physical science, or engineering, with a preference for training or experience in atmospheric and oceanic sciences 
  • Experience with atmospheric models such as EAM, CAM, ECHAM, MPAS-A, WRF;
  • Fluency in two or more of the following: Fortran, C, C++, and Python/shell scripting;
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;
  • Proficiency in data analysis and visualization;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.


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Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.