Post Doctorate RA - Heterogeneous land atmosphere coupling

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate.


Date posted

Aug. 30, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Sep. 30, 2019 12:00 am


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


  • United States

Job description

Post Doctorate RA - Heterogeneous land atmosphere coupling

Organization and Job ID

Job ID:  309738
Directorate:  Earth & Biological Sciences
Division:  Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Group:  Advanced Study & Development

Job Description

PNNL is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate to improve the land-atmosphere coupling of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM; see for more information) by accounting for heterogeneous exchanges between the land and atmosphere. The complexity of spatial patterns over land across a range of scales plays a key role in convection, mesoscale circulations, hydrologic extremes, biodiversity, and ecosystem resilience. Significant advances in the representation of subgrid land heterogeneity have been made over the last few decades, but most Earth system models do not represent the communication of land heterogeneous states to the atmospheric boundary layer. The successful candidate will work on a highly collaborative climate process team (CPT) project. The candidate will be responsible for implementing a new parameterization to couple the subgrid tiling scheme of the E3SM Land Model (ELM) with the subgrid parameterization of the E3SM Atmosphere Model (EAM). Working with scientists at PNNL and within the CPT project, the candidate will design numerical experiments, develop diagnostics and metrics for model skills, evaluate and constrain the model using large eddy simulations (LES) and observations, and characterize the implications of the new parameterization for surface climate, variability, and extremes.

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

A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, hydrology, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field is required. Familiarity with earth system modeling will be considered favorably during the evaluation. A strong knowledge of FORTRAN, C++, and working with Linux/Unix environments are needed.