Water Security & Resilience Engineer

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310107

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Earth System Science

Group: Hydrology

Job Description

For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. With diverse science capabilities and decades of experience in multi-scale modeling, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is committed to help address the newest challenges to our Nation. The Hydrology Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develops resilient and sustainable solutions for complex, national and global scale challenges in energy and water systems using advanced computational modeling, sensor development and deployment, and novel geospatial and data analytics.

The Hydrology Group is expanding its computational modeling capabilities in water resilience and security and is seeking candidates to provide impactful contributions in the development and evaluation of scientific and engineered solutions related to the quantification of water security and resilience. The successful candidate will specifically be responsible for the utilization of existing tools to quantify water infrastructure (e.g., potable water systems with diversity of water supply sources, including surface water and groundwater) performance relative to a wide array of vulnerabilities. The incumbent will be expected to be well versed in the fundamentals of hydrology, hydraulics and operations of controlled water infrastructure systems and have the ability to craft novel metrics to quantify performance of these systems under non-stationary, adverse conditions. This will require the candidate to be familiar with engineering design, operation, maintenance and response concepts. The successful candidate will be required to prepare manuscripts for publication and present their work both internally and externally at national conferences. The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks, and possess the appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to clearly articulate the objectives and outcomes of their research.


The Researcher will:

  • Apply principles of engineering, physics, and hydraulics to understand the resilience and security of critical infrastructure systems to a diversity of threats.
  • Support an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.
  • Present at national or international forums.
  • Assist with the development of new capabilities within the group.
  • Assist and/or lead the conceptualization, development, validation of physically-based models representing infrastructure systems and interdependencies.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 1 : Applies basic S&E theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight. Requires conceptual knowledge of scientific or engineering theories, practices and procedures within specialization. Working locally as an individual contributor. Building and maintaining effective internal relationships on individual or team level. Receives instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff. Takes initiative to set personal direction and goals. Work is conducted with a high standard of quality, safety, and security.

Level 2 : Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Building networks at a local and capability level. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Mentoring junior staff and students. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 0- 1 year of experience; MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience

  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required. The ability to obtain and maintain a future Department of Energy clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge and professional experience in the following areas:

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA or PhD in technically relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, computer science, data science, environmental science, etc.). A PhD is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of water security and resilience research and familiarity with associated modeling and simulation tools (e.g., EPANET)
  • Experience in geospatial information systems and analysis (e.g, ArcGIS, QGIS)
  • Experience in water master planning analysis for sites, utilities, etc..
  • Programming experience (e.g., Java, C, Python)
  • Experience working in an inter-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated success of articulating research through publications, particularly in top-tier journals.

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.

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: Hydrology

Opening Date: 2019-11-08

Closing Date: 2019-12-08