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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Tropical cyclone analysis and modeling in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310129

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting two postdoctoral scientists to conduct innovative research in analysis and modeling of Tropical Cyclones.

As part of a new project on Integrated Coastal Modeling (ICoM), PNNL is recruiting two postdoctoral scientists to conduct research to understand the impacts of air-sea interactions on Tropical Cyclones (TCs) and to develop capabilities to model the impacts of TCs in the coastal zone. The candidates will work with a team of scientists at PNNL to improve our understanding and modeling of TCs, their changes in a warmer climate, and their impacts such as storm surge and inland flooding in coastal regions. More specifically, the research will address questions such as 1) How does the Gulf Stream and associated eddies influence TCs that pass over them, 2) How does coastal ocean influence TCs before landfall, and 3) How will the large-scale TC environment change under global warming and how will this modulate impacts from TCs? While these are problems specific to the project, the candidates will also be able to work on TC-Ocean interactions more broadly. The candidates will analyze observations and CMIP5/6 model output in addition to performing numerical model simulations with the DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) and/or the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Additionally, the candidates will also work on developing PNNL’s statistical-dynamical TC model and use it in TC research.

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

Experiences in numerical modeling using global and/or regional models, and ability to analyze model outputs and observations using modern computational and statistical tools will be considered as key qualifications during the evaluation.

A Ph.D. degree in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, civil and environmental engineering, or related fields.

Positions in Richland, WA and Seattle, WA based on need.

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: Advanced Study & Development

Opening Date: 2019-11-20

Closing Date: 2020-01-03