Postdoctoral Position in Atmospheric Modeling
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The Combustion Chemistry program, under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, seeks to reveal the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. The program emphasizes determination
of the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, characterization of molecular structure and energetics, and development of full descriptions of chemical composition and evolution of combustion systems. Researchers in the program employ laser-based pump/probe
techniques to interrogate chemical reactivity and structure, ion-imaging to simultaneously measure velocity and internal-state distributions of reaction products, experimental techniques in the picosecond and femtosecond domains to directly probe energy transfer
and conversion within and between molecules, and laser-based methods directed at detection of combustion-generated particles. In other work, molecular photolysis is coupled with absorption/fluorescence detection methods to determine the thermal rate coefficients
and product distributions for reactions that constitute the individual steps in the combustion chain process. Current computational efforts include ab initio calculations of molecular structure and energetics and computer modeling of the complete kinetics of
combustion processes in both laminar and turbulent environments.
How to Apply
Sandia National Laboratories invites applications for a postdoctoral position in atmospheric modeling. The successful candidate will work in Livermore, California with a team developing new approaches to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from urban regions.
This position involves developing methodologies to identify and characterize sources of greenhouse gases based on transport models and ground-based measurements of trace gas species. Modeling approaches will be strongly coupled with observational data.
The postdoctoral associate will work closely with members of a multidisciplinary team of researchers engaged in performing measurements from a mobile laboratory, developing inverse modeling techniques to locate and characterize sources, and investigating the
applicability of techniques to quantify the associated uncertainties. The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for developing and running models and interpreting the results under the direction of the principal investigators on the project.
A Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, Earth sciences, or related field is required. Candidates are expected to have a background in atmospheric transport modeling with substantial experience in either inverse modeling or atmospheric chemistry modeling, a strong
publication record, a demonstrated ability to make original scientific contributions.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in analyzing atmospheric transport of trace gases and pollutants including multivariate analysis, experience with trace gas or pollutant source inventories and modeling, and experience with uncertainty
quantification, statistical design of experiments, and adjoint methods. U.S. citizenship is not essential, but U.S. citizens are especially encouraged to apply.
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resulting in termination of employment.
This position does not require a Q Clearance
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