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Los Alamos National Laboratory Modeling of Southern Ocean Climate Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC78235


Job Title Modeling of Southern Ocean Climate Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name T-3/Fluid Dynamics And Solid Mechanics

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What You Will Do

The Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group (T-3) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking qualified applicants in the areas of Earth system model simulation and analysis with a specific focus in the area of Southern Ocean climate processes. Candidates with experience in modeling and analyzing coupled ocean, ice, and atmospheric processes in the Southern Ocean, or Antarctic ocean-and-ice-shelf interactions are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will contribute heavily to the development and application of the DOE’s new earth system model, E3SM, which is focused on addressing science questions related to DOE missions. Within E3SM, LANL oversees the ocean, sea ice, and land ice model components and contributes expertise on high-latitude climate processes, including coupled interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, sea ice, and land ice. Of particular interest for this position is an understanding for how coupled Southern Ocean climate processes influence current and future rates of Antarctic sub-ice shelf melting and linkages to global climate processes. The candidate will be expected to perform outstanding research in the field of Southern Ocean climate across a wide range of scales within the context of Earth system modeling.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. in applied mathematics, computational science, physics, earth sciences, fluid dynamics, climate modeling, civil engineering, geophysics, or a closely related field.

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Fortran, C/C++, or Python.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a strong publication record.

  • Ability to work productively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Other Desired Skills:

  • Experience with configuring, running, and analyzing coupled, earth system models.

  • Understanding of mid- to high-latitude, large-scale climate modes

  • Understanding of, and experience in modeling Southern Ocean climate and/or ocean-and-ice shelf interactions.

  • Experience working in large-scale, parallel computing environments.

  • Ability to obtain a Q-clearance, which usually requires US citizenship.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, please send a curriculum vitae , digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a one-page cover letter detailing qualifications, research interests, and proposed research directions to sprice@lanl.gov. Please include “modeling of Southern Ocean climate” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The 2-3 year post-doctoral position is within the Climate, Ocean and Sea-Ice Modeling (COSIM) Team, which develops advanced ocean and ice models for the study of climate, e.g., the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS) within the Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). A particular focus of E3SM is fully-coupled, global, high-resolution simulations of the Earth system. Within this broad activity, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s responsibilities include optimizing algorithms and code performance for DOE high performance computing platforms; studying ocean and ice dynamics in the climate system; and simulating the interaction of ocean, sea ice, and ice shelves to study their influence on climate change and sea-level rise.

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Req ID: IRC78235