Group Leader for Earth System Modeling


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a Group Leader for Earth System Modeling to lead a scientific research organization of about 50 principal investigators, staff scientists and postgraduates, and to build research programs, equivalent to tenured faculty or department head position. Earth System Modeling is an integral component of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division encompassing technical teams in the areas of Aerosol & Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, Computational Climate Science, Global Atmospheric Modeling, Land System Modeling, and Regional & Cloud Modeling. The Earth System Modeling group works closely with the other research teams in the areas of climate science. The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division is responsible for a research portfolio focused on the understanding of Earth system, climate, hydrological cycle, weather extremes, and renewable energy. The successful individual will provide leadership to advance climate sciences broadly at PNNL as well as excellent management of a productive and influential research organization.

The successful candidate will quickly learn about the group’s science, capabilities and operations to advance the effectiveness and S&T impact of the group. The successful candidate will value multidisciplinary collaborations, will develop teams for program development, and will have responsibility for asset management to ensure facilities, equipment, and computational resources are adequate and ready to carry out our research portfolio. The successful candidate will help set the agenda for computational Earth system research directions at PNNL, assist staff members to find opportunities for engaging in research efforts, and ensure ongoing research programs led by staff are productive and impactful. Senior candidates are expected to establish themselves as independent principal investigators through competitive proposals, and serve as an active resource for others, mentoring early career staff in proposal and scientific career development.