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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Air-sea interactions and Tropical Cyclones in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311906

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Modeling

Job Description

As part of a new project on Integrated Coastal Modeling (ICoM), PNNL is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist 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 of the largescale TC environment, their changes in a warmer climate, and their impacts on landfalling TCs. More specifically, the research will address the following 1) Characterize upper-ocean temperature and salinity in the coastal region and how it may change under global warming, 2) What is the likely impact of these changes on the intensity of landfalling TCs, including rapid intensification, and 3) How will the large-scale environment that determines TC impacts upon landfall, such as storm surge and inland flooding, evolve under climate change? 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 analysis of simulations based on the DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). Additionally, the candidates will also work on developing and applying PNNL’s Risk Analysis Framework for Tropical Cyclones. The position is for two years and renewable contingent upon performance. To apply, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing the applicant’s research experience and interests.

  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in refereed journals.

  • Names and addresses of three references.

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 and ability to analyze model outputs and observations using modern computational and statistical tools will be considered as key qualifications during the evaluation.

The successful candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, civil and environmental engineering, 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

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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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2021-04-03

Closing Date: 2021-05-03