Post Doctorate Research Assistant - Aerosol-cloud-climate feedbacks

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


Date posted

June 17, 2022 2:15 pm

Application deadline

July 14, 2022 11:45 pm


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


  • United States

Job description

The successful candidate will be expected to 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.  Teamwork and strong communication skills for engaging with project teams are also essential. 

The successful candidate for the postdoctoral position will be co-mentored by Susannah Burrows and Johannes Mülmenstädt and will focus initially on implementing diagnostics that enable separation of the aerosol-cloud radiative forcing and rapid adjustments in E3SM. 

This position will be located in Richland, Washington or virtual within the U.S.  

For more information, please contact Johannes Muelmenstaedt ( , Susannah Burrows ( and Ruby Leung ( 


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: 

- 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.
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