Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Position: Projections of Greenland’s future sea level contribution using the Energy Exascale Earth System Model in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Climate, Ocean, and Sea Ice Modeling team (COSIM) team seeks a postdoc to work on the development and application of a Greenland ice sheet model component within the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). The work will use E3SM’s ice sheet component, the mature MPAS-Albany Land Ice (MALI) modeling framework, which is also being applied to sea level projections from Antarctica. Work will focus on the development of MALI applied to Greenland and its coupling within E3SM (including surface mass balance calculated within E3SM’s land model component). Additionally, the position may include analysis and publication on both stand-alone and coupled ice sheet simulations, application of new optimization and initialization methods, and the application of new model physics (e.g. subglacial hydrology and iceberg calving). The long-term goal for the position will be projections of sea level change from the Greenland Ice Sheet calculated within the coupled E3SM Earth system model and analysis of ice sheet interactions with other components of the climate system. We expect that the successful candidate will help to define specific science goals that are compatible with these broader requirements.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of computational ice sheet and/or climate modeling;

  • Expertise in shell scripting and/or data-analysis languages (e.g. Python, Matlab, bash);

  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in construction and application of ice sheet and/or climate models;

  • Experience in high-latitude, coupled climate modeling and analysis;

  • Expertise in computer programming in languages compatible with high-performance computing (e.g. Fortran90, C, C++);

  • He/she will have also demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals, the ability to create or improve numerical models, and the ability to analyze and interpret ice sheet and/or climate model simulation data.

Keywords: ice sheets, ice sheet modeling, climate, climate modeling, global climate models, high-latitude climate dynamics, climate model coupling, sea-level change

Education:A Ph.D. in geophysical-fluid modeling, climate modeling, physical glaciology, physics, applied mathematics, or a closely related field. Candidates are eligible to apply for a LANL postdoctoral position within five years of receiving their PhD.

Notes to Applicants:Send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests to Matthew Hoffman at mhoffman@lanl.gov. Please include “E3SM Greenland Postdoc” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received with the intent of filling the position winter of 2018 and a start date soon after.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: 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 general information go to Postdoc Program.

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_

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. This 2-3 year postdoc position is within the Climate, Ocean and Sea-Ice Modeling (COSIM) team, which develops and applies advanced ocean and ice models for the study of climate and climate change. The position is within the Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group (T-3) in LANL’s Theoretical Division.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Hoffman, Matthew James (Matthew Hoffman)

Organization Name: T-3/Fluid Dynamics And Solid Mechanics

Email: mhoffman@lanl.gov

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Position: Projections of Greenland’s future sea level contribution using the Energy Exascale Earth System Model

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69229