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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Convective Cloud Populations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309938

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 a motivated postdoctoral research associate that will contribute to our Integrated Cloud, Land-surface, and Aerosol System Study (ICLASS) project team supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program (see for more information). The selected candidate is expected to discover new scientific insights on dynamical and microphysical processes affecting the lifecycle of convective cloud populations in mid-latitude and tropical environments. The ultimate goal of this research is to not only improve our physical understanding but to also develop new model treatments of key processes. We also expect the candidate to define their own research objectives and strategy.

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in analyzing large observational (long-term monitoring or short-term field campaign) and/or model (LES, regional-scale, global climate) datasets. A basic understanding of the complex interactions among various processes that contribute to land-atmosphere-cloud interactions is critical. The ability to use atmospheric models, such as WRF, at cloud-system and cloud-resolving scales as an experimental tool is desirable.

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


  • Familiarity with large observational datasets from various platforms

  • Strong understanding of cloud microphysical and dynamical processes

  • 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

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

  • Demonstrated record of publications in peer reviewed journals


  • Strong understanding of land-atmosphere interaction and boundary layer processes

  • Familiarity of cloud-aerosol interactions

  • Experience running and modifying code in cloud-system resolving or large-eddy simulation models (e.g., WRF)

  • Familiarity with high performance computing and modern statistical analysis methods

  • Experience with computer languages usually used in atmospheric science (e.g., Fortran, Python, Matlab, IDL, NCL, R)

  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix operating system

PhD in Atmospheric Science

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: 2019-11-06

Closing Date: 2019-12-30