Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Severe Storm Modeling and Observational Analysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306751

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Advanced Study & Development


Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks two postdoctoral scientists to mainly work on a project related to severe thunderstorm modeling and observational analysis. One position will be mainly focus on high-resolution modeling and observational analysis of severe storms to understand dynamical and physical factors impacting severe storms including changes in temperature, land surface, and aerosols (Position #1). The other position (Position #2) is about conducting and possibly improving global climate models (GCMs) simulations at regionally-refined configuration, evaluating the performance of such simulations in simulating severe storm properties, and performing observational analysis of long-term and field campaign data, to gain solid understanding of the past and future changes of severe thunderstorms.


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

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in severe storm dynamics and physics, and CRM/LES modeling. The candidate should have experience in global climate modeling, severe storm dynamics and physics, and convective parameterizations. Proficiency with FORTRAN in atmospheric modeling is required. Understanding of atmospheric and land-surface observational data and familiar with the observational data assimilation and analysis are pluses. Teamwork and strong communication skills for engaging with project teams are essential.


Demonstrated familiarity with numerical modeling and analysis of the atmosphere and severe weather

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

Interest in contributing to an active intellectual environment


Demonstrated expertise in physical understanding of severe storm related processes.

Familiarity with high performance computing, and statistical analysis

Experience with land-atmosphere interactions, aerosol-cloud interactions, and data assimilation.

Experience with computer languages usually used for climate modeling and analysis (Fortran, Python, R, NCL, Matlab, IDL, etc.)

Familiarity with Linux/Unix computational environments

A PhD in Atmospheric Science, Hydrology, Physics or related subject is required.


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.


Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Opening Date: 2017-08-01

Closing Date: 2017-09-30