Postdoctoral Position: Analysis of aerosol-cloud interactions and cloud feedbacks in climate models


Date posted

Aug. 6, 2021 10:45 am

Application deadline

Sep. 30, 2021 5:00 pm


PNNL, Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division


  • United States

Job description

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to work on analyzing aerosol-cloud interactions (ACI) and cloud feedbacks in climate models. Supported by the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis & Intercomparison (PCMDI), the postdoctoral research associate will contribute to (1) understanding the process representations and sensitivities that affect cloud feedback and ACI; and (2) developing new diagnostics and metrics of ACI that can be applied to a collection of Earth system models. The postdoctoral research associate is expected to contribute to the following tasks:

  • Design, execute, and analyze a perturbed parameter ensemble of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) (
  • Develop, implement, and apply ACI diagnostics as part of the PCMDI Metrics Package (

The postdoctoral research associate will work in close collaboration with scientists at PNNL, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and universities as part of a collaboration between the PCMDI, the Enabling Aerosol-cloud interactions at Global convection permitting scalES (EAGLES), and the E3SM projects, and is expected to make quarterly visits to LLNL.

When applying, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing your research experience and interests;
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications in refereed journals;
  • Names and contact information of three references.

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, or a related field; 
  • Demonstrated experience in atmospheric modeling (e.g., EAM, CAM, FV3, WRF) or Earth system models (e.g., E3SM, CESM);
  • Demonstrated knowledge in processes that affect ACI and/or cloud feedbacks;
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing large datasets;
  • Experience with data-model integration techniques;
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;
  • Fluency in programing languages such as Fortran, C++, NCL, and Python/shell scripting.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Strong team player with the ability to work independently.

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