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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Investigating processes governing the interactions between aerosols, atmospheric chemistry and clouds in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312072

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth Systems Modeling

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral research associate to develop and apply new model parameterizations for investigating the interactions between aerosols and clouds. Aerosol-cloud-chemistry interactions represent some of the largest uncertainties affecting our understanding of the Earth’s energy budget. We use laboratory and field measurements to advance our understanding of aerosol and cloud processes and develop modeling tools to enhance the predictive ability of Earth System models.

The incumbent will work on key research directions such as: (1) improving process representation of the interactions of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) chemistry with clouds and convection (2) investigate new features with respect to SOA cloud chemistry at large eddy simulation (LES) scales and connect these insights with regional and global models (3) investigate how cloud processes affect aerosol properties in the atmosphere and vice versa using different modeling techniques.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with atmospheric and computational scientists at PNNL.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications


A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, chemical engineering, geoscience, environmental science, hydrology, civil and

environmental engineering, or a related science/engineering field.

Demonstrated experience in understanding processes that control the aerosol and cloud lifecycles in the atmosphere.

Fluency in Fortran and Python/shell scripting.

Preferred Education/Credential:

Experience in running and developing codes of atmospheric aerosols and/or clouds

(e.g., LES, E3SM, CESM, WRF-Chem, CMAQ, GEOS-Chem)

Experience with high-performance computing environments

Strong interpersonal communication skills

Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals

Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Earth System Modeling

Opening Date: 2021-05-04

Closing Date: 2021-06-02