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[Met-jobs] Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Extremes Modeling Research Scientist)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:38:04 +0000

Extremes Modeling Research Scientist-82275
Organization:CE-Climate & Ecosystems

Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part 
of it!
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is 
synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in 
research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your 
top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that 
addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Sciences Division has an opening for a 
Extremes Modeling Research Scientist. We seek an interdisciplinary scientist 
with expertise and interests in a broad array of fundamental and applied 
atmospheric science. The position calls for an individual with expertise in 
extreme climate processes, climate modeling, and the interaction between 
extremes and the hydrologic cycle. You will focus on systematically improving 
our understanding of extreme climate phenomena and their drivers, including 
anthropogenic influences.  The work will focus on several important types of 
hydrologically-relevant extremes, including tropical cyclones, extratropical 
cyclones, floods, and droughts.  The goal of this position is to build 
fundamental understanding of the processes that control these phenomena, and 
how they interact with the hydrologic cycle, in order to improve confidence in 
long-term projections of the hydrologic cycle.  The position entails using a 
combination of theory; high-resolution, state of the science models; and 
observational data (e.g., in situ and satellite) in order to improve 
process-level understanding of extremes and to develop strategies for reducing 
uncertainty in extremes--possibly by improving their representation—in climate 
model projections. The Research Scientist will engage a wide array of 
collaborators to develop a research portfolio that is simultaneously 
scientifically-novel and also decision-relevant, especially in relation to 
water-energy infrastructure in both the western and eastern United States.

This is an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled, 
interdisciplinary team in the Climate Sciences Department. Berkeley Lab is a 
renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related 
fundamental and applied science.

What You Will Do:
• Analyze hydrometeorological extremes simulated by state-of-the-science 
climate models.
• Evaluate the interaction among natural variability, anthropogenic influences, 
and extremes.
• Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.
• Work collaboratively in a large multidisciplinary research team.
• Successfully contribute to an active intellectual environment.

Additional Desired Responsibilities:
• Actively engage stakeholders to develop a decision-relevant research 
• Determine the sensitivity of model fidelity to key aspects of the model’s 
numerical implementation.

What Is Required:
• Ph.D. in atmospheric science, physics, applied mathematics, environmental 
engineering science, or a closely related field, or equivalent work experience.
• Expertise in climate dynamics, including hydroclimate processes or synoptic 
climate patterns
• Demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive analyses making use of 
different subsets of simulations, evaluation datasets, and advanced analysis 
• Demonstrated proficiency with one or more programming languages (especially 
Python and/or Fortran.)

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Research experience connecting natural variability, anthropogenic influences, 
and extremes.
Proficiency in designing and executing climate model simulations to test 
complex hypotheses.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full 
consideration, please apply by close of business on May 15, 2016.

Notes: This is a 1 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a 
maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon 
satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing 
operational needs. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position requires completion of a background check.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the 
on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Berkeley Lab addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by 
advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, 
and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley 
Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The 
University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of 
Energy’s Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for 
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, 
gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. 
Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination 
Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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