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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Cross-cutting applications in coastal ocean modeling in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311998

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System Modeling

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral research associate to help expand and test coastal modeling capabilities within E3SM ( within the ICoM ( ) project. The incumbent will work on (1) estuarine and coastal ocean test cases comparing MPAS-O with other standard community ocean models (e.g., ROMS, FVCOM, and/or GETM); (2) analysis and interpretation of MPAS-O results to understand and improve representation of physical processes; and (3) cross-cutting issues in coastal and estuarine processes, for example coupling with land surface models to improve projections of sediment distributions and estuarine hypoxia. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with atmospheric and computational scientists at PNNL, LANL, and various universities.

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

Required qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in oceanography, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field;

  • Demonstrated experience in running coastal ocean models (e.g., ROMS, FVCOM, or GETM);

  • A solid foundation in buoyancy driven flow in estuaries and/or the coastal ocean;

  • Fluency in Fortran and Python.

Preferred qualification:

  • Experience contributing to open source projects on GitHub;

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;

  • Experience with the Pangeo software stack, including xarray and dask;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;

  • Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently.

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

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Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Atmospheric Science & Technlgy

Opening Date: 2021-04-16

Closing Date: 2021-05-15