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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist - Global and Regional Aerosol Modeling in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311515

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 to develop and evaluate new aerosol treatments in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) Atmosphere Model (EAM) and to assess the global impact of regional climate changes through teleconnections. The incumbent will work on one or more of the following components:

  • Developing and integrating improved representation for wildfire aerosols,

  • Evaluating E3SM at various spatial and temporal scales using a wide range of observational datasets,

  • Developing and using a model hierarchy that includes single column model and regionally refined mesh to assess the impact of the new treatments on weather and climate,

  • Understanding mechanisms for the extra-polar impact of Arctic amplification and associated feedbacks on Arctic changes,

  • Exploring linkages between Arctic changes and lower-latitude climate extremes and variability.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with scientists at PNNL, other national labs, and universities.

  • 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, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in earth, atmospheric, environmental, geological, hydrological sciences or other related field with 2+ years’ experience,

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing large observational and model datasets,

  • Fluency in Fortran, C++, and Python/shell scripting,

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments,

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills,

  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals,

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

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and using atmosphere models (e.g., EAM, CAM, WRF) and/or earth system models (e.g., CESM, E3SM),

  • Demonstrated experience in developing fire models and evaluating aerosol parameterization,

  • Knowledge of novel data-model integration techniques,

  • Demonstrated experience in advanced statistical analysis and/or machine learning techniques.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Earth System Modeling

Opening Date: 2021-01-07

Closing Date: 2021-02-20