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About PNNL

Join Us As We Put Science Into Action

Steven F. Ashby
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
I welcome you to learn about opportunities to collaborate with the scientists here at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

We have a rich nearly 50-year history making scientific discoveries and providing solutions to some of the most intractable challenges our country has faced. We recognize that today’s challenges are so complex that no single institution can solve them. Therefore, as we set our sights on delivering solutions to the nation, we look to you for partnership in helping us advance science and technology.

We harness our expertise in earth and biological sciences, chemical and materials sciences, computing and radiological sciences to support DOE’s needs in science, energy, environmental stewardship and national security.

There are several ways in which we can collaborate, including these programs and services.

Faculty Opportunities for Collaboration

PNNL manages the Alternate Sponsored Fellow program that enables faculty and visiting scientists who are receiving their salary, stipend, scholarship or other payment from outside PNNL to spend time at the Lab. These fellowships are arranged on a one-to-one basis between a PNNL mentor and the ASF fellow.

Faculty can spend several months at PNNL collaborating with our scientists. Amanda Mifflin (right) collaborated with PNNL’s Hongfei Wang on early experiments using a unique sum frequency generator on a project focused on characterizing alpha pinene particles. The collaboration includes Franz Geiger and Regan Thomson at Northwestern University and Victor Batista of Yale University.

Postdocs Build Strong Foundation at PNNL

PNNL is an excellent place for your students to build a foundation for their career. We have a strong, formalized mentorship program managed by leading researchers in their fields. We help students be productive in publishing while giving them access to some of the most advanced scientific instruments in the world.

Institutional Postdoc Program

Postdoctoral research associates play a vital role in completing the ongoing research objectives for projects across the Laboratory. Each of our Laboratory’s four research directorates has a postdoctoral contingent collaborating on its projects. Postdocs are hired as employees with a competitive salary and benefits.

Shawn Chatman, a former postdoc at PNNL, worked with PNNL Laboratory Fellow Kevin Rosso in studying how hematite and other subsurface minerals react.

Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The centerpiece of the PNNL institutional postdoctoral program is the Pauling Fellowship Program, designed for the next generation of scientists and engineers who will push the boundaries of science to world-recognized discoveries. This program is designed to raise the overall value of a postdoctoral experience at PNNL.

William Wiley Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Wiley Fellowship attracts high-performing, newly graduated, junior scientists who have the potential to become scientific staff at EMSL, a national scientific user facility located at PNNL. Candidates must display superb ability in scientific research and show the promise of becoming leaders in their field.

Scientific User Facilities

Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory


EMSL is a national scientific user facility located at PNNL that drives the science and provides the tools required to advance research in atmospheric aerosol systems, biosystem design, terrestrial and subsurface ecosystems, and energy materials and processes. As a user facility, more than 700 scientists a year receive access at no cost to EMSL’s more than 150 instruments, including its 3.4 petaflop Cascade supercomputer.

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research


The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility provides continuous climate data to the scientific community through heavily instrumented research sites around the globe. It also operates mobile and aerial measurement platforms to obtain additional data from other locations. PNNL leads the overall technical functions of this global infrastructure, which are distributed among nine DOE national laboratories.

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From Our Collaborators

“I immensely value my collaborations with EMSL at PNNL. During the last decade, together we have generated numerous cutting-edge scientific results, and I look forward to continuing such collaborative efforts during the coming era.” – Himadri Pakrasi, PhD, Myron and Sonya Glassberg Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis

“I’ve enjoyed collaborating with PNNL’s systems biology experts and accessing its unique instrumentation for our joint research.” – Bernhard Palsson, Galletti Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor Medicine at the University of California, San Diego