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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Global modeling of aerosol-cloud interactions in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310780

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospher Sci & Global Chg

Group: Global Atmospheric Modeling

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral research associate to develop novel parameterizations for aerosol-cloud interactions in the Energy Exascale Earth Sytem Model (E3SM; see Atmosphere Model (EAM) running at global convection-permitting resolutions, as part of the “Enabling Aerosol-cloud interactions at GLobal convection-permitting scalES (EAGLES)” project ( The incumbent will work on (1) improving the process representation for aerosols or clouds based on theory, observations, or large-eddy simulations; (2) exploring the use of novel data-model integration techniques such as machine learning or data assimilation to improve model fidelity, reduce error, and identify features; (3) developing methodologies of evaluating EAM at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales using observations of meteorology, radiation, clouds, and aerosol properties; or (4) developing and using a model hierarchy that includes single column model, regionally refined mesh, and global EAM to assess the impact of the new parameterizations on weather and climate. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with atmospheric and computational scientists at PNNL, Sandia National Laboratories, 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 atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, hydrology, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field;

  • Demonstrated experience in running and developing codes of atmospheric general circulation models (e.g., EAM, CAM, and WRF)

  • Demonstrated experience in processes that control the aerosol or cloud lifecycle;

  • Fluency in Fortran and Python/shell scripting.

Preferred qualification:

  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing large datasets;

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;

  • Experience with data-model integration techniques;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;

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

Ph.D. in atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, hydrology, civil and environmental 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

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Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Earth System Modeling

Opening Date: 2021-01-14

Closing Date: 2021-02-12