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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Global carbon cycle model analysis in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310100

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a creative, energetic, and collaboration-oriented postdoctoral scientist to analyze simulations of the global coupled carbon-climate system as simulated by the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), and using emissions scenarios from the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM).

Tasks for this position may include: (1) analysis and evaluation of atmospheric CO 2 distributions in historical E3SM simulations, and comparison with the observational record, (2) analysis of atmospheric CO 2 in simulations with different future energy use scenarios and/or representations of biogeochemical processes, and (3) analysis of total carbon flow through the coupled Earth system, including exchanges of atmospheric carbon with land, ocean and energy systems and processes.

The successful candidate will be expected to publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, to communicate research results at conferences and workshops, and to interact effectively with E3SM project scientists at multiple national laboratories, and other internal and external collaborators.

This is a full-time position anticipated to last for two years (contingent on performance), and starting as soon as possible. The location for the position is Richland, Washington (preferred), or College Park, Maryland. Location will be based on business need.

Applicants should apply using the PNNL online application system, and provide (1) a cover letter, (2) a current CV, and (3) the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin after the position has closed.

Please contact Dr. Susannah Burrows ( ) or Dr. Katherine Calvin ( ) with any questions about the position.

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

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with analyzing simulation output from global or regional climate, Earth System, chemical transport or air quality models

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

  • Ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams as well as ability to independently pursue original ideas and new directions

  • Interest in contributing to an active intellectual environment

  • Demonstrated record of publications in peer reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants who have skills and experience in some of the following areas, and who are interested in developing new skills in additional areas, are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated expertise in atmospheric tracer transport and advanced mathematical or statistical methods for analysis of tracer transport (e.g., data assimilation, inverse modelling)

  • Familiarity with analysis of the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases and their observation by in situ and remote methods

  • Familiarity with high performance computing

  • Experience with computer languages usually used for climate modeling and analysis (Fortran, Python, R, NCL, or other analysis languages)

  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix computational environments

  • Ability to think critically and develop and test hypotheses using a combination of measurements and models

PhD in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or a related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Opening Date: 2019-11-11

Closing Date: 2020-01-03