Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Modeling Mesoscale Organized Convection and its Response to Global Warming in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 305988

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Advanced Study & Development

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Job Description

Mesoscale organized convection is a major cause of flooding in many regions worldwide. Representing organized convection has been one of the foremost challenges in climate modeling, which limits our ability to simulate the water cycle and its future changes. The selected candidate will work with a team of PNNL scientists on advancing modeling and understanding of mesoscale organized convection. In particular, the candidate will evaluate a non-hydrostatic global variable resolution modeling framework at spatial resolution ranging from about 4km to 50km for its ability to simulate organized convection and related processes. Combining with data analysis, the model will be used to study and contrast the different convection types and the role of land-atmosphere interactions on convection in the U.S. Great Plains and the Amazon. The model will also be used to investigate how the structure of mesoscale organized convection and the associated extreme precipitation may change in a warmer climate. These efforts are part of a larger project aiming at understanding how large-scale circulation features modulate regional precipitation, what controls mesoscale organized convection and the associated precipitation, and the multiscale connections between atmospheric circulation and water cycle processes, all in the context of the changing climate.

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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.

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Preferred Qualifications

A Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences or related fields. Expertise in using data and models to study convection or related processes such as clouds, boundary layer turbulence, and land-atmosphere interactions as well as experience with high performance computing will be considered favorably during the evaluation.

Applications should include:

Cover letter describing the applicant’s research experience and interests.

Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in refereed journals.

Names and addresses of three references.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

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Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Opening Date: 2016-12-02

Closing Date: 2016-12-31