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[Met-jobs] FW: Post-doctoral position in Atmospheric Data Assimilation

From "Fast, Jerome D" <>
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Date Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:42:18 +0000

Post-Doctorate Position – Atmospheric Data Assimilation


The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division ( at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to work on data assimilation for cloud-resolving (grid spacing ~1 km) and Large-Eddy Simulation (LES, grid spacing ~10’s of m) spatial scales. The post-doctoral fellow will work with a project team (Drs. Jerome Fast, Robert Houze, Samson Hagos, Zhe Feng, Larry Berg, William Gustfson, and Heng Xiao) to create more realistic initial and boundary conditions for simulations of shallow clouds and the transition from shallow to deep convection. This will involve merging extensive in situ (surface monitoring, radiosondes, aircraft) and remote sensing (lidar, radar, satellite) measurements with model predictions to create high spatial and temporal resolution analyses.  Development will be based on existing data assimilation packages developed for the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. In addition, the fellow will be expected to contribute to challenging modeling studies designed to 1) better understand the processes contributing to the initiation, evolution, and organization of convective clouds, 2) improve physics parameterizations, and 3) optimize meteorological sampling locations. 


The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in data assimilation.  An understanding of the processes represented by cloud microphysics and convective parameterizations used by atmospheric models is desirable. Proficiency with FORTRAN and coding experience in atmospheric modeling are required, and the ability to modify, compile and run WRF is essential. Familiarity with U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) data products is useful, but not required. Teamwork and strong communication skills for engaging with project teams at PNNL and the broader climate research community are also important.


The successful candidate will join the team of PNNL researchers that are expanding the knowledge of fundamental atmospheric processes, developing state-of-the-art modeling capabilities, and improving understanding of how human and natural systems interact.  Working across disciplines, we integrate theory, measurements, and modeling at molecular to global scales.


Use the following link, for the full position description with specific requirements and details on how to submit your application. Or visit and search for Job ID 305637 under the current job openings.


Jerome Fast


Jerome Fast

Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

P.O. Box 999, MSIN K9-30

Richland, WA  99352

Tel:  (509) 372-6116  Fax:  (509) 372-6168

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