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Los Alamos National Laboratory T-3 Polar Climate Scientist (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Join a world-leading team in polar development for Earth system models. You will become a Scientist 2 in the Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics (T-3) Group of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a scientific research path in coupled climate modeling using large Earth system codes. This research will improve the predictive capability of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) for polar climate science, including development, implementation, simulation, analysis, and publication of scientific results. The successful applicant will recognize the importance of coupling between sea ice, ocean, atmosphere, surface waves, biogeochemical, and hydrologic components of the climate system, and their research will develop and focus on investigations of Arctic and Antarctic climate variability and change, including sea level rise, coastal inundation, trending ocean heat content, and diminishing sea ice. The successful candidate is expected to actively develop and maintain the coupled model code, and routinely run climate simulations using DOE leadership class computing facilities as part of a development team tasked with releasing new versions of E3SM. They will be encouraged to build an independent scientific career through lead authorship of publications, presentations at international conferences, and active participation in community workshops focused on development of new model physics, combined with the applications of machine learning and data science techniques to better understand the limitations of E3SM and inform the model state space. This research will help to develop a holistic understanding of polar climate change, with specific applications intended to inform impacts on economics, shipping, and national security decision making.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience coupling two or more component models such as atmosphere, ocean, wave, land ice, or sea ice models using flux-coupling software such as OASIS or the Common Infrastructure for Modeling the Earth (CIME).

  • At least one published or submitted manuscript focusing on an aspect of polar coupling in a weather forecast or climate model.

  • Demonstrated excellence in scientific research as evidenced by a consistent record of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams including a shared responsibility for code development and maintenance.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

  • Demonstrated initiative for continuous learning and development in new areas of Earth system research.

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in climate science or a related discipline, physics, engineering, or another related field.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience in any of the following: Data science and machine learning techniques in the context of climate science, numerical methods on curvilinear or unstructured meshes to simulate sea ice, ocean, surface ocean waves, tides, atmospheric models, or their coupling.

  • Demonstrated expertise in polar oceanography and meteorology.

  • Familiarity with E3SM, the Community Earth System Model, or a similarly-complex Earth system model.

  • Experience working in large-scale, parallel computing environments (simulation and analysis), and with modern computing practices and codes, including git, Python, FORTRAN, C++, or MATLAB.

  • The ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance within a reasonable time

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, potential candidates are encouraged to apply on or before August 31, 2021. For more information on the details of the E3SM model and intended application to Polar climate science contact Andrew Roberts (afroberts@lanl.gov), Stephen Price (sprice@lanl.gov), Luke Van Roekel (lvanroekel@lanl.gov). For more information about the T-3 group or applying to this Scientist 2 position contact DJ Luscher (djl@lanl.gov) or Melanie Vigil (mlvigil@lanl.gov). Selected candidates may be requested to travel for an on-site interview at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid maternity and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

This staff-level Scientist 2 position is within the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Theoretical Division (T-Division). LANL is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security, and includes a vibrant research team developing advanced ocean, ice and terrestrial models for the study of the Earth as a complex adaptive system, including interactions leading to and resulting from climate change. The laboratory’s Earth system science area currently has a staff exceeding 50 scientists spanning multiple laboratory divisions. The candidate selected for this position will be based in T-Division’s Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group (T-3). Staff members in T-3 perform basic and applied research, with a focus on computational physics and the associated model and algorithm development activities required for modern multi-physics and multi-scale applications. The group's capabilities include methods development for computational continuum dynamics, theoretical model development for materials and physical process modeling, methods and model development for climate modeling and simulation, and multi-physics modeling and simulation tool development.

Additional Details

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No Clearance: This p osition 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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Hall, Lorna Jane
Email lorna.hall@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC88461
Organization Name T-3/Fluid Dynamics And Solid Mechanics
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC88461
Category: Other