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Organizational Chart ButtonThe Fundamental & Computational Sciences are vital at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). We advance scientific frontiers and provide national and international leadership in areas important to the U.S. Department of Energy (see links at left for more information). Research at PNNL is commonly performed by interdisciplinary teams and usually involves use of cutting-edge research tools. Current areas of emphasis include:

  • understanding the dynamics of the integrated Earth system (atmosphere, surface, and subsurface) and the interactions with energy systems and other human systems to inform the development of solutions that mitigate the impacts of climate change and produce a sustainable energy future
  • advancing the understanding of computing systems, their performance characteristics, and their effective use in scientific discovery and engineering problem solving.
  • discovering the design principles of biological systems, translating genome to function through prediction and experimentation for application to energy, environment and health.
  • discovering fundamental principles about collective phenomena that emerge from complex assemblies of molecular and nanoscale systems leading to control of function at the mesoscale
  • developing transformational chemical imaging tools that allow real-time observation of atomic scale phenomena in structural biology with whole cell structure-function correlation, the discovery of news energy/conversion materials and analysis of environmental particles such as aerosols for reducing climate modeling.

Most research in the fundamental and computational sciences at PNNL is supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. The National Institutes of Health and other components of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA also support research in the fundamental and computational sciences at PNNL.

In addition, PNNL hosts the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a U. S. Department of Energy National Scientific User Facility and plays a major role in DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility (ARM).

We are always looking for talented and motivated scientists to join us as staff, postdoctoral fellows or visiting scientists!

Doug Ray, Ph.D.
Associate Laboratory Director,
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