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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Coastal Modeling and Analysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309770

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting three postdoctoral scientists to conduct innovative research in modeling land and river processes in the coastal zone.

As part of a new project on Integrated Coastal Modeling (ICoM), PNNL is recruiting three postdoctoral scientists to develop capabilities to model land and river processes and their interactions with the ocean in the coastal zone. The candidates will work with a team of scientists at PNNL and LANL to extend the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model at (E3SM) to represent human-land-river-ocean interactions on a unified surface grid for land, river, ocean, and ice. Building on the existing land and river models of E3SM, the candidates will improve modeling of river flow and water management, transportation of dissolved and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous to the ocean, and three-way exchanges of water, heat, sediment and nutrient fluxes among the land, river, and ocean considering the impacts of flooding and storm surges in the periodically flooded zone. The candidates will also work on evaluating the models using observations and conduct numerical experiments to address important science questions related to human-land-river-ocean interactions. Working on the ICoM project offers exciting opportunities to develop coastal modeling capabilities in Earth system models and using the tool to test hypotheses about coastal processes, especially extreme events, in the complex human-earth system.

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 position is for two years and renewable contingent upon performance. The successful candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in earth and atmospheric sciences, civil and environmental engineering, or related fields. Experiences in numerical modeling and ability to analyze model outputs and observations using modern computational and statistical tools will be considered as key qualifications during the evaluation.

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: 2019-09-05

Closing Date: 2019-10-19