Research positions, modeling of Southern Ocean climate – Los Alamos National Laboratory

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. This position will be filled at the postdoc and/or Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the level of a Scientist 2/3.

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.
Where You Will Work:
Located in beautiful mountainous 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. The 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- and variable-resolution simulations of the Earth system. Within this broad activity, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s responsibilities include developing and optimizing ocean and ice models for use on DOE’s high performance computing platforms; studying ocean and ice dynamics in the climate system; and simulating the interaction of the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, and ice sheets to study their influence on climate change and sea-level rise.
Detailed position descriptions (including specifics on postdoc versus staff level candidate requirements) and information on how to apply can be found at: 
Postdoctoral researcher position: (job ID, IRC78235)
When applying, please also send a cover letter and CV to Steve Price at

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