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Earth Scientist; Coupled High Latitude System


Job Description

Job ID: 308087
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 an early-career scientist to work on an Earth System Model (ESM) project aimed at better understanding the high latitudes and their interactions with extra polar regions in a coupled (atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere) model context. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable: climate dynamics, the hydrologic cycle, weather extremes in temperature and precipitation events changes, cloud processes, cloud-radiation-circulation feedbacks, and coupled climate feedbacks. Successful candidates will work on a multi-disciplinary team to apply state-of-the-art ESMs 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, and excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in a geophysical or equivalent physical science discipline with 1 year of post-graduate experience
• Familiarity with modeling and analysis using an Earth System model or one of its components (atmosphere, ocean, etc)
• Familiarity with a high-performance modeling environment including compilers, linux shell scripting, and a computer analysis language to facilitate, running, modification and analysis of an ESM.
• PhD in Atmospheric Science or related field with 2+ years’ experience;
• Demonstrated experience working with computer models such as the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), the Community Earth System Model (CESM), or similar regional models (e.g, the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) or Regional Arctic System (RASM) Model, or similar cutting-edge atmospheric, climate, and Earth system modeling tools;
• Experience with high-performance computing environments (multi-tasking/threading directives, shells,
• Familiarity with computer languages used in ESM analysis (NCL, Python, Matlab);
• 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: 308087
Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences
Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Group: Earth System Analysis & Modeling