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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Water Cycle Variability and Change in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309769

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Advanced Study & Development

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting four postdoctoral scientists to conduct innovative research in analysis and modeling of water cycle variability and change.

As part of the Water Cycle and Climate Extremes Modeling at scientific focus area, research is being undertaken to advance predictive understanding of water cycle processes and their subseasonal-to-multidecadal variations and changes using models, observations, and novel numerical experiments and analysis methods. PNNL is recruiting four postdoctoral scientists to perform research on a range of topics:

  • Develop and apply theories, diagnostic frameworks, and hierarchical modeling to advance understanding of the monsoon circulation and its response to future perturbations to build confidence in the projections of hydrological changes at regional scales.

  • Perform analysis of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) using a combination of remote sensing and in-situ data, reanalysis data, and model simulations to characterize MCSs and their large-scale environment in the tropics and extratropics.

  • Improve understanding of processes that influence the variations in the propagation characteristics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation events and on tropical cyclone activity and the relationships between them.

  • Climate modeling at a range of scales to improve model performance and design and conduct numerical experiments for testing hypotheses regarding water cycle variability and change.

The selected candidate will work with a team of scientists to address science questions broadly related to precipitation and extreme events, convection, interactions between convection and large-scale circulation, and monsoon and other tropical circulations.

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

The position is for two years and renewable contingent upon performance. The successful candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science, geophysical fluid dynamics, climate modeling, or related fields. 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 atmospheric science, geophysical fluid dynamics, climate modeling, or related fields.

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: 2019-09-05

Closing Date: 2019-10-19