Earth Scientist 2

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a research scientist to perform research to improve understanding and modeling of aerosol-cloud-climate feedbacks within climate models, particularly the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM).

 

Date posted

June 17, 2022 2:45 pm

Application deadline

July 14, 2022 11:45 pm

Organization

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Location

  • United States

Job description

The Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD) leads novel and necessary research in three core areas: Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Environmental Molecular Sciences. The contributions of EBSD staff are many as we continue to elevate the impact of PNNL's science mission: to understand, predict, and control the complex adaptive systems underlying the science behind Earth, energy, and security. 

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a research scientist to perform research to improve understanding and modeling of aerosol-cloud-climate feedbacks within climate models, particularly the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM).

Responsibilities

  • The candidate will be expected to contribute to model development, testing, and/or evaluation, publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals, and communicate research results at conferences and workshops.  Additionally, the position will provide opportunities to interact with scientists at PNNL, other national laboratories and universities participating in or collaborating with the E3SM project.
  • In addition to contributing to the E3SM project, opportunities may exist to contribute to other projects and research areas within the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, depending on the candidate’s research interests and experience.
  • A strong interest in contributing to improvements in Earth System model fidelity, an interest contributing to a high-performing team environment, and strong teamwork and communication skills are essential.
  • The candidate will work on one or more of the following topics:
    • Diagnosing and understanding the causes of model biases in aerosol-cloud-climate feedbacks in candidate and release versions of E3SM,
    • Analyzing and understanding the physical mechanisms controlling feedbacks between aerosol-cloud forcing and coupled Earth system dynamics, and
    • Developing and testing candidate model improvements for upcoming versions of the E3SM model.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience
    MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience
    PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: aerosol-cloud interactions, cloud microphysics and its parameterization in models, atmospheric and coupled climate dynamics, and/or systems feedback analysis.
  • Experience with data analysis in commonly-used programming languages (e.g., Python, R).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including technical writing.
  • Demonstrated record of publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Strong team player with the ability to work independently.
  • Experience performing and analyzing global atmospheric and/or climate model simulations.
  • Experience modifying, compiling, and testing/validating geophysical model codes.
  • FORTRAN proficiency, or strong experience with another compiled programming language.
  • Experience working in UNIX/LINUX and high performance computing environments.
  • Ability to think critically and develop and test hypotheses about physical mechanisms underlying model behaviors.

Please feel free to reach out with questions about either position.

Susannah Burrows - susannah.burrows@pnnl.gov

Johannes Mülmenstädt - johannes.muelmenstaedt@pnnl.gov  

About PNNL 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them! 

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

For more details

https://careers.pnnl.gov/jobs/4111?lang=en-us