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Post Doctorate RA - Analysis and Modeling of Extreme Events

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral research associate to perform research on analysis and modeling of extreme events in the context of climate variability and change. The successful candidate will work with a project team to perform analyses of observations and climate simulations to understand the underlying mechanisms for how extreme events respond to external forcing through dynamical and thermodynamical effects. The candidate may also perform research on analysis and modeling to understand the predictability of extreme events and water cycle processes on subseasonal-to-multidecadal timescales. Ability to design and perform numerical experiments using climate models to test specific hypotheses will be considered favorably, in addition to analyzing observations and output from climate models.

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
  • Experience with climate models and climate model outputs;
  • Fluency in Fortran, C++, and Python/shell scripting;
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently

A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, or a related field

Equal Employment Opportunity
Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Job ID: 312399
Closing Date: 2021-08-03
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