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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist - Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310088

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System Analysis & Modeling

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a research scientist who will discover new scientific insights into cloud-aerosol interaction processes associated with convective cloud populations from their shallow to deep phases. These insights will be used to form the basis of new or modified model representations of cloud-aerosol interactions. The ability to study this problem by analyzing large observational (long-term monitoring or short-term field campaign) and model (LES, regional-scale, global climate) datasets and to pose hypotheses that tease out new insights is critical. The candidate is expected to approach the problem using measurements, modeling, or a combination of both. Initial research will likely focus on liquid-phase clouds in tropical and mid-latitude land environments, but in the long-term could also include maritime environments and mixed-phase and ice-phase clouds. Knowledge of the of the physical relationships associated with cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions and how they are parameterizations in models is important. The candidate will work with a team of scientists at PNNL, other national labs as well as universities on topics of common interest.

When applying please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing your research experience and interests;

  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications in refereed journals;

  • Names and addresses of three references.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS with 2+ years’ experience, or advanced degree;

  • Experience running and revising codes of atmospheric general circulations models (e.g., EAM, CAM, WRF);

  • Demonstrated experience in cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions research;

  • Fluency in Fortran and Python/shell scripting; demonstrated ability to write clean and flexible codes and scripts;

  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD with 2 years’ experience. Preference will be given to those with atmospheric science background;

  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing large observational and model datasets;

  • Knowledge of measurement uncertainties and different types of model errors;

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth Systems Analysis & Model

Opening Date: 2019-11-06

Closing Date: 2020-01-24