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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

From "Veneziani, Milena" <>
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Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:06:20 +0000

Postdoctoral Research Position
Southern Ocean Mixed Layer and Mesoscale Eddy Physics

Overview: Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The postdoc position is within the Climate, Ocean and Sea-Ice Modeling (COSIM) group which develops advanced ocean and ice models for the study of climate and climate change.

Detailed Description: The COSIM group seeks a postdoc to study the role of the Southern Ocean in mediating the oceanic update of heat and carbon dioxide. The scope of the project could include the study of air-sea exchange, ocean mixed layer physics, re-stratification via mesoscale eddies and ventilation time scales. The primary tool used in the project will be MPAS-Ocean, a multi-scale ocean model intended for the study of ocean processes ranging from sub-mesoscale to global scales of motion. The study will be carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Bill Large at NCAR who is leading the overall project. Opportunities for frequent or extended visits to NCAR are available. 

Minimum Job Requirements: Experience and knowledge related to the design, construction and evaluation of computational models. Software skills including expertise in high-performance computing languages (e.g. Fortran, C, C++) and knowledge of a scripting frameworks (e.g. Python, MATLAB, NCL).  A solid educational foundation in the following areas: numerical methods, fluid dynamics and applied math. Requirements also include demonstrated ability to work in a team setting.

Desired Skills:  The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following: scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals, the ability to design climate model experiments to test hypotheses, and the ability to analyze and interpret climate simulation data. 

Education: A Ph.D. in physics, physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, computational physics, applied math or closely related field.

Note to Applicant: Send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests to Todd Ringler at Please include “Southern Ocean Postdoc” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received with the intent of filling the positions before May 15, 2015. Start date can be no later than November 15, 2015.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer,  or Frederick Reines Fellowships.
For general information related to the Postdoc Program go to

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We welcome and encourage applications from the broadest possible range of qualified candidates.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process.  To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call +1-505-665-5627.

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