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Post Doctorate RA - Economic and Environmental Research – Agricultural and Energy Economic Modeling

Post Doctorate RA - Economic and Environmental Research – Agricultural and Energy Economic Modeling




United States of America


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Required education

Application deadline
28 January 2022

25 January 2022

Job description

Job Description
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance and flexible work schedules.


The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, located at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, has an opening for a Post-Doctoral research associate for global agricultural economic modeling as part of the Global Change Intersectoral Modeling System (GCIMS) Science Focus Area.

This is a full-time appointment with benefits (renewed annually for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance). The assignment location is at the JGCRI in College Park, Maryland. There will be many opportunities to work with the multi-disciplinary GCIMS team as well as collaborators in other national labs and universities. Much of this work will involve the Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM), a long-term, multisectoral partial equilibrium model that integrates the analysis of population, economic activity, energy, agriculture, land use, water, and emissions. The candidate will take a central role in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with senior researchers at JGCRI and publishes high-impact scientific journal articles.


PNNL’s GCIMS Science Focus Area focuses on improving the understanding of the complex interactions among energy, water, land, climate, socioeconomics, and other important human and natural systems at regional to global and seasonal to centennial scales. GCIMS has an emphasis on developing and applying an internally consistent, open-source, and computationally efficient modeling framework that captures the evolution of the integrated human-earth system.

The successful candidate will perform economic model development and analysis as part of an interdisciplinary team, including engineers, earth scientists, and computational scientists. The candidate will contribute to new and existing projects targeted at improving the understanding of the coupled human-earth system and its future vulnerability or resilience. Particular areas of interest include: 1) developing scenarios to explore agricultural market responses and related environmental consequences at various spatial and temporal scales under a changing climate; 2) validating and improving model performance using data-based approaches and sensitivity analysis; 3) quantifying the implications of macroeconomic responses (e.g., endogenous GDP) in different socioeconomic and alternative scenarios.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications:

A GPA of 3.5 is preferred.
Background in large-scale economic modeling, e.g., integrated assessment models, Multi-Regional Input-Output models, and/or general equilibrium models, is desirable.
Research experience in the analysis of integrated economics of agriculture, land, and energy.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and a proven capability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
A willingness to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.
Experience with one or more of the following languages: C++, Python, or R.

Please submit an application package in a single combined pdf document consisting of:

A cover letter and CV. Applications that do not have all this requested information will not be considered.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable

Additional Information

The Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD) leads novel and necessary research in three core areas: Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Environmental Molecular Sciences. The contributions of EBSD staff are many as we continue to elevate the impact of PNNL’s science mission: to understand, predict, and control the complex adaptive systems underlying the science behind Earth, energy, and security.

Testing Designated Position

Not applicable
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Drug Free Workplace

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Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.