Energy and Climate Change Policy Research, Modeling & Analysis

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
College Park, Maryland, US
Jul 18, 2021
Aug 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 312375
Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences
Division: Atmospheric Science & Global Change
Group: Joint Global Change Research Institute
Job Description
The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and its Maryland based Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) seek one or more early to mid-career scientist to conduct research in one or more of the following areas: clean energy policies with a major focus on energy system transitions and climate change, deep decarbonization strategies and their implementation, and the development of air pollutant emission inventories. The assignment location is at the JGCRI in College Park, Maryland. The anticipated tasks may include:
- Contributing to clean energy policy research, modeling and analysis including publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific and technical conferences; presentations to internal and external stakeholders
- Multi-scale modeling using Earth-human systems models, including development of new capabilities, analysis of energy efficiency and emission mitigation policies; and the use of these models/methods for scientific inquiry and decision research;
- Further development and application of the Community Emissions Data System (CEDS) global, open-source emissions research project.
- Close collaboration with interdisciplinary scientists at JGCRI/PNNL, other collaborating research institutions, and sponsoring agencies and other decision makers (e.g., US EPA, US DOE, and White House)
- Mentorship and supervision of graduate and post-graduate research associates;
It is anticipated that the successful candidate will work on multiple projects with varying needs and tasks, including policy analysis, working with the Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM), and working on CEDS.
The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:
Level 2 : 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.
Level 3 : Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self with programmatic impact at the sector and division level. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security
A cover letter attached to applicant's resume, as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT , describing her/his qualifications and experience relating to this position.
Minimum Qualifications
BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience
Preferred Qualifications
- BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience
- PhD, MS or MA Degree in Public Policy, Engineering, Economics, Physical Science, or related field
- Knowledge of end-use and supply-side energy systems, energy policy, and/or emission inventory development
- Experience with Earth-human system or energy-economic models
- Post-graduation research experience
- Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
- Project management experience, including mentoring and supervising junior staff and students
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of multi-disciplinary science teams.
- Foreign language fluency would be a plus (Vietnamese, Thai, Mandarin, and Russian would all be languages of interest).
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
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Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences
Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support
Group: Joint Global Chg Research Inst
Opening Date: 2021-07-14
Closing Date: 2021-08-07