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Earth Scientist-Coupled Earth System


Job Description

Job ID: 308066
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking multiple mid-career scientists to work on projects aimed at advancing our understanding of the coupled Earth System, with a focus on one or more of the following topics: the hydrologic cycle, precipitation extremes, cloud processes, cloud-radiation-circulation feedbacks, land-atmosphere interactions, terrestrial biogeochemical processes, coupled climate feedbacks, and/or feedbacks between these processes and human activities. Successful candidates will work on multi-disciplinary teams to apply state-of-the-art Earth System models, weather forecast models, Large Eddy Simulation (LES) models, and/or land surface models, in combination with observational datasets, to address key science questions in atmospheric, climate, and Earth system science. Desirable attributes include a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications, experience developing creative research proposals, and excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 5 years of experience; MS/MA with 3 years of experience; PhD with 1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Atmospheric Science or related field with 4+ years’ experience;
• Demonstrated experience working with computer models such as the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), the E3SM Land Model (ELM), the Community Earth System Model (CESM), the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, the Community Land Model (CLM), or similar cutting-edge atmospheric, climate, and Earth system modeling tools;
• Experience with high-performance computing environments;
• Experience with data analysis and data/model synergy;
• Track record of scientific achievement;
• Strong interpersonal communication skills;
• Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308066
Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences
Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Group: Earth System Analysis and Modeling