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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Observational analysis and model evaluation of aerosols and aerosol-cloud interactions in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309889

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 to work on observational analysis and model evaluation of aerosols and aerosol-cloud interactions for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM; see at for more information), as part of the “Enabling Aerosol-cloud interactions at GLobal convection-permitting scalES (EAGLES)” project. Targeted at DOE’s leadership computing facilities (e.g., GPU-based systems), the EAGLES project seeks to develop scientifically robust and computational efficient parameterizations to represent aerosols and aerosol-cloud interactions with a focus on liquid clouds.

The selected candidate will work with the EAGLES team to develop methodologies of evaluating E3SM at convection-permitting scales using a wide range of routine and field campaign measurements of meteorology, radiation, clouds, and aerosol properties.

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in performing analyses of measurements, understanding measurement uncertainties, and appropriately comparing observations and model output. In addition, the candidate needs to understand the complex interactions among various processes that control the cloud and aerosol lifecycle.

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

A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, hydrology, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field is required. Demonstrated experience with processing, analyzing, and visualizing large datasets is required. Experience in novel data-model integration techniques such as data assimilation and machine learning will be considered favorable 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: 2019-10-01

Closing Date: 2019-10-30