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Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: December 15, 2022
Reference Code: 18835
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Geothermal Energy and Subsurface Systems Group in the Power and Energy Systems Department is seeking a mid- to advanced career geochemist to augment its research team focused on geothermal energy, carbon sequestration, and hydrogen storage! We are seeking a colleague to join this team researching solutions to enable the transition to a low carbon economy. This team works a hybrid 9x80 schedule located at our Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) with every other Friday off. This position will involve some travel and some work outside normal office hours.
This position may be perfect if you are an experienced geothermal researcher, or a geochemist in the oil and gas industry looking to move out of the dark and into the light of the green energy transition.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Interface regularly with federal government and industry sponsors, and work to expand the group's research portfolio with new and existing sponsors.
  • Independently identify, collect, and analyze data from research experiments, field observations, scientific literature, and numerical models
  • Contribute to the development of program plans and identify concepts for new business and assist in their development
  • Extract and compile technical data and documentation as required and contribute to technical reports, publications, and presentations at national technical meetings and project evaluations with program sponsors
  • Support management and work program leadership in meeting DOE/industry expectations, achievements, and results, and INL internal reporting metrics
  • Interface and develop relations with other labs and industry related to current work scope
  • Participate in and lead the design, planning, and execution of research projects, including modeling and simulation, and field and lab research.
  • Support department and program managers and senior management to meet program and project objectives.
  • Prepare technical reports, peer-reviewed and conference publications, and proposals for internally and externally funded work.
  • Represent the department through programmatic and technical presentations to sponsors and peers at conferences and symposia.
  • Maintain currency in a knowledge, techniques, and capabilities commensurate with technology advancement in relevant fields.
  • Communicate often with project leads and management to ensure work alignment and focus of effort.
  • Maintain environmental, safety, and security knowledge and training.
  • Mentor junior research staff and interns and assist them with questions regarding training; safe, secure, and environmentally compliant conduct of operations; and technical knowledge related to project work.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Advanced degree (PhD or MS) in geosciences or engineering (environmental/chemical/civil/mechanical) or a similar field and 3 years minimum experience
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and written communication skills in English
  • Strong research and analytical skills to apply geochemical models to resolve H2, CO2, and geothermal research questions.
  • Ability to integrate field observations and laboratory data into a modeling system to ensure that the model solution solves real world, field-scale subsurface problems.
  • Have a publication record and experience writing competitive research proposals.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to organize research activities and build multi-disciplinary teams consisting of internal and external (other national laboratories, universities, industry) members
  • Relevant research accomplishments documented by publications in scientific literature
  • Experience leading field scale geoscience research projects
  • Strong customer interaction and presentation skills
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 220 ($104,688 - $172,668) / Salary Grade 230 ($118,020 - $200,808)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting, and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities, and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
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INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.