Job advertisement Postdoctoral Scientist: Land surface radiation modeling

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Postdoctoral Scientist: Land surface radiation modeling

Postdoctoral Scientist: Land surface radiation modeling

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is one of the United States Department of Energy national laboratories with the main campus located in Richland, Washington. PNNL advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. Distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics are the heart of our science mission, laying a foundation for innovations that improve America’s energy resiliency and enhance our national security. PNNL is managed and operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy.


RICHLAND, United States of America


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
3 September 2019

7 August 2019

Job description

PNNL is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist to improve modeling of radiation processes within the land component of DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). Most current generation global land surface models do not account for the effects of terrain features (such as slope and aspect) on downwelling radiation fluxes. These effects are modulated by surface cover such as snow and canopy radiation exchanges, both of which are influenced by the presence of aerosols. The successful candidate will work on a highly collaborative Land Climate Process Team (CPT) project. The candidate will be responsible for implementing parameterizations previously developed and tested in isolation to improve the representation of radiation processes within the E3SM Land Model (ELM). Working with PNNL scientists and the Land CPT team, the candidate will design modeling experiments, develop diagnostics and metrics to understand and quantify model skill of the new radiation parametrization schemes on land-atmosphere interactions.