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Chief Chemical Oceanographer/Marine Chemist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sequim, WA
  • Posted: February 12, 2020
  • Full-Time

Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 310462
Directorate: Endergy and Environment
Division: Coastal Science
Group:Environmental Biogeochemistry
Job Description
PNNL's Marine Sciences Laboratory is developing robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, climate change impacts in the coastal ocean, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology, marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects in the coastal ocean.
This position will identify and steward growth areas in coastal/marine chemistry, lead proposals, and manage and carry out research projects/programs strategic to the energy, environment, and security focus of the Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL). The incumbent will be responsible for growth in MSL programs focused on research and technology development in marine chemistry. This could include ultra-trace analytical chemistry, investigations into minor and trace element biogeochemical cycling, extraction of minerals from seawater, sediment biogeochemistry, marine radiochemistry or another relevant area of growth.
The Chief Scientist will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to manage and grow a biogeochemistry program, building on the facilities and expertise that already exists at the MSL.
Responsibilities will include:
Overall Technical Leadership and Vision

  • Identifies future needs optimizing capabitliies of team
  • Defines objectives and leads execution plans
  • Builds opportunities with new and existing sponsors through new hires and exisiting expertise.
Overall Business Developsment of the Marine Chemistry group at MSL
  • Identifies and lead emerging opportunities opportunities both internally and externally
  • Leads and engages other team members in writing of white papers and proposals
  • Ensures proposed solutions include broad cross-section of PNNL technical capabilities to meet technical needs from sponsors
Project Management
  • Ensures that staff are accountable for scope, schedule and budget activities to deliver high technical quality of research project work products; and directing teams of peers and subordinates.
  • Manages a portfolio of mid to large scale projects.
Delivery and Communication
  • Ensures that communication within team and with current and potential clients are coordinated with PNNL's strategy
  • Ensure products communicate the importance of the research to non-experts
Minimum Qualifications
  • BS with 9+ years' experience, or MS/MA with 7+ years' experience, or PhD with 5+ years' experience.
  • Established national leader in oceanography or marine chemistry.
  • Exceptional research, as well as the ability to work on several tasks concurrently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication.
  • Good track record of peer review publications and participation in events as an invited speaker.
  • Good network across academic and industrial partners.
  • Proven ability to set realistic expectations and deliver work on time and in budget.
  • Strong sense of integrity and proven leadership.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • MS or PhD degree with at least 8 years of experience in chemical oceanography or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge and experience of minor and trace analysis applied to marine systems
  • Experience managing diverse teams of people.
  • Ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes.
  • Experience with development of field- and process-oriented biogeochemical research programs
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
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support
Group: Coastal Research
Opening Date: 2020-02-10
Closing Date: 2020-05-10

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