Postdoc Research in Climate Modeling – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title: Postdoc Research in Climate Modeling
Organization Name: CCS-2/Computational Physics and Methods, LANL, NM, USA

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The climate modeling effort at LANL, in part, develops and uses advanced multi-scale models for the study of Earth system processes. This two year position is available immediately.

The postdoc researcher will work in a Department of Energy (DOE) program that supports fundamental, interdisciplinary research to achieve an improved understanding of climate processes and to leverage such understanding to improve predictive skill of models. Exploiting the capabilities of DOE’s High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in order to accelerate advances in climate science is a priority.

Sophisticated, architecture-aware, variable-resolution dynamical cores developed under this project permit direct numerical studies of phenomena that are poorly resolved in the current generation of climate models. For example, in the atmosphere, such processes include effects due to steep topography, convection and cloud processes, gravity waves, frontogenesis, and others, and in the ocean they include interaction of submesoscale eddies and internal waves with larger scale circulation and topography. While applicants can propose their own research ideas, general research themes include investigating and characterizing linkages between such processes and larger scale dynamics and biases, developing alternative approaches to parameterizing the effects of unresolved dynamics and physics by leveraging recent developments in statistical and machine learning and model reduction techniques, characterizing and understanding model uncertainties, etc.

What You Need

The successful candidate will

  • have advanced knowledge of geophysical fluid dynamics or atmospheric dynamics or climate dynamics,
  • have an understanding of statistical and machine learning techniques
  • have demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by publications in refereed journals.
  • be proficient in High Performance Computing

Education: PhD in a related field completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: Your application must include a detailed cover letter that explains how you meet the required skills and describes your qualifications and research interests. In addition to including this cover letter in your online application (IRC 77337 at, please send this cover letter along with your Curriculum Vitae to Also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the same email address.

Where You Will Work

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

Additional Details:

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

Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the presgious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general informaon go to Postdoc Program.
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 tesng.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos Naonal Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment pracces are based on qualificaon and merit, without regards to race, color, naonal origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identy, sexual orientaon or preference, marital status or spousal affiliaon, physical or mental disability, medical condions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genec informaon, or cizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulaons. The Laboratory is also commied to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilies and will provide reasonable accommodaons, upon request, for individuals to parcipate in the applicaon and hiring process. To request such an accommodaon, please send an email or call 1-505-665-4444 opon 1.

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