Earth Scientist - Microbiology and Engineering

Employer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location
Little Washington, Ohio, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 16, 2021
Closes
Jul 04, 2021
Ref
2254760807
Discipline
Biology, Energy
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 312239
Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate
Division: Earth Systems Science
Group:Environmental Subsurface Science
Job Description
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work-life balance. The Subsurface Process Science Team within the Subsurface Science & Technology Group seeks a S&E1 in Environmental Science for conducting laboratory research in microbiology, geochemistry, and environmental engineering as related to environmental characterization and remediation.
As an S&E1 in the Subsurface Science and Technology group, you will join a talented, multi-disciplinary team that seeks to understand and predict subsurface processes in response to natural and engineered inputs.
Work Scope:
Candidate will conduct laboratory and field research in geochemistry, microbiology, geophysics as related to environmental characterization, remediation, and monitoring. The effort would contribute to several projects, including: (i) the Deep Vadose Zone Applied Field Research Initiative; (ii) DOE, Office of River Protection support research on glass corrosion; and (iii) Department of Energy Basic Energy Science Energy Frontier Research Center program focused on understanding chemical reaction mechanisms in caustic solutions of relevance to radioactive tank waste. The candidate will be expected to partner with other researchers to address complex problems in a multi-investigator team setting.
- Key responsibilities will be to design and perform laboratory experiments including test plan development; setup; executing experimental procedures; data collection, recording, tabulating, and reporting; and waste disposition. Specifically, the candidate will:
- Conduct independent research and work on team assignments.
- Prepare culture media, chemical solutions and standards; calibrate meters and probes; and perform batch and column tests.
- Analyze samples using various benchtop instrumentation such as spectrophotometers, total organic carbon analyzer, and microscopes.
- Record qualitative and quantitative observations.
- Follow all laboratory safety protocols and dispose of waste materials in accordance with applicable permits and processes.
- Contribute to technical reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts
- Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL.
- Present research at team meetings, project/program review meetings, and international conferences.
Minimum Qualifications
- BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience
- MS/MA with 0 years of experience
Preferred Qualifications
- MS/MA degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or any geoscience related field.
- Experience in a research laboratory environment.
- Experience performing geochemical modeling using The Geochemist's Workbench® software
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via https://jobs.pnnl.gov/help.stm
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
Closing Statement
- This position involves laboratory work with associated physical, chemical, radiological, and biological hazards.
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support
Group: Environmental Subsurface Sci
Opening Date: 2021-06-14
Closing Date: 2021-07-01

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