Director for the Joint Global Change Research Institute (College Park, MD)
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Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302210
Directorate: Fundamental & Computational Sciences
Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Group: Joint Global Change Research Institute
Position Title: Director for the JGCRI (Laboratory Fellow)
Job Description
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Director for the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, Maryland. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an interdisciplinary, world-class research team in addressing issues at the energy-environment interface. The Institute houses a multi-disciplinary team of about fifty full time staff, students and international visitors dedicated to understanding the problems of global change and their potential solutions. Scientific staff at the Institute bring decades of experience and expertise to bear in science, technology, economics, and policy. JGCRI, a vibrant intellectual hub, is one of only a handful of institutions around the world that have built and maintained the capacity to do truly interdisciplinary integrated assessment modeling. One of the strengths of the Institute is a network of domestic and international collaborators that encourages the development of global and regional understanding of global change problems and their potential solutions. In addition, the Joint Institute focuses on developing dialogues around global change issues, across disciplines and national boundaries, and among diverse socio-economic stakeholders.

Specific research focus areas at the Institute include:
  • Integrated Assessment Modeling
  • Technology Strategies to Address Climate Change
  • Natural Resource Modeling and Assessment
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation Studies
  • Local and Global Environmental Mitigation MeasuresPolicy Development and Testing.
The partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) enables interaction with a top research university and provides educational opportunities for students. The strong ties with PNNL provide management systems support and access to the broader geophysical science and energy technology capabilities of the National Laboratory.
The Center was established in 2001, JGCRI is a collaboration between PNNL and the UMD, and includes staff from both institutions. PNNL staff have Research Affiliate status at the UMD. Organizationally, the Institute falls under the Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate of PNNL and the Division of Research at UMD.
Job ID: 302210
Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Education Requirement - PhD 7+ years experience (distinguished personal achievements)
  • Technical Expertise - Widely recognized international/national authority. Technical contributions recognized as having a very substantial impact on advancing the current state of knowledge and understanding in scientific or technical disciplines.
  • Level of Responsibility - Nationally recognized Laboratory authority in a broad specialization or a narrow, intensely specialized field.
  • Breadth of Technical Knowledge - Innovates new technologies that define scientific and technical directions/frontiers.
The successful candidate will have an international reputation in climate change and/or energy-environment issues, and demonstrate broad understanding of the multidisciplinary challenges associated with global change research.
He/she will have a deep understanding of and engagement with one or more national research programs. Demonstrated experience in building new programs and working with multi-disciplinary teams is essential. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to maintain an active research program and contribute to the intellectual directions and accomplishments of the Institute staff and their collaborators. An important element of the Directors responsibilities is representing the Institute and their research activities in a variety of scientific and programmatic forums, taking a leadership role in elevating the visibility and reputation of the Institute.
PhD in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeochemical Sciences, or related fields and ten or more years of experience involving increasing responsibility in global change and/or energy-environment research. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated track record of scientific contributions to national and international endeavors in climate change research

(such as the IPCC, NAS committees, National Assessments), strong leadership qualities, and the ability to build new research programs, working collaboratively with others across a broad spectrum of disciplines to accomplish strategic goals.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States

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