Post Doctorate RA - Cloud Parameterization
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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Fundamental & Computational Sciences

Climate Physics Educ Devlp
Job Description
We are seeking a qualified individual with experience and interest in improving representation of moist convective processes in global and regional atmospheric models.

The primary goal of the project is to develop advanced parameterizations of clouds and precipitation that account properly for subgrid/unresolved variability in model variables.

Specific tasks may include:
Analyzing high-resolution simulations and/or observations to guide parameterization development.

Evaluating and improving an assumed probability density function (PDF) method, a higher-order turbulence closure approach, or links between treatments of dynamics and moist/cloud processes.

Testing parameterization performance in a large-scale model.
Minimum Requirements
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Candidates must have a PhD in atmospheric physics/meteorology, applied mathematics (numerical modeling), engineering (computational fluid dynamics), or other relevant discipline.

The ideal candidate will have a solid background in physics and mathematics and interest in studying interactions of dynamics and cloud processes. Experience in computer programming and modeling is required, and familiarity with an atmospheric model of any scale, from large-eddy simulation (LES) to a global model, is highly desired.
We are looking for highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate the ability to develop hypotheses, test those hypotheses, write and take the lead in publishing papers, and work in a collaborative environment.

The primary goal of the planned research is to develop an improved understanding of processes that affect clouds, aerosols, and their interactions over local to global spatial scales and to better represent these processes in the next generation climate models.

The researchers will join a team of scientists performing research on 1) linking land-surface, boundary layer, aerosol, and shallow clouds, 2) environmental conditions, wind shear, and aerosol effects on the lifecycle of deep convection, 3) aerosol aging and its impact on optical and cloud-nucleating properties, 4) cloud processing and wet removal of aerosols, and 5) tropical cloud processes.

Our team uses data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program, along with the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) models to study these processes over a range of spatial scales.

Experience with running the CAM or WRF models and/or using DOE Atmospheric Radiation and Measurement (ARM) program data is desirable, but not required. The selected candidate will work closely with climate scientists at PNNL, other DOE National Laboratories, and universities as part of DOEs Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
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