Postdoc position available at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico (USA) on ice sheet and climate modeling

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Postdoc position available at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico (USA) on ice sheet and climate modeling

Hoffman, Matthew
Hi all,
The ice sheet and climate modeling team at Los Alamos National Lab is looking for a motivated postdoc interested in working in a highly collaborative environment with large ice sheet and climate models to investigate sea level contributions from the Greenland Ice Sheet.  See below for details or contact me with questions.

Matt Hoffman
Matthew Hoffman
[hidden email]
Phone: (505) 665-5484
Climate, Ocean, & Sea Ice Modeling Team
T-3, Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate: Greenland Ice Sheet Model Development Application, and Coupling to the E3SM Global Climate Model
Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Application and complete details available at:

What You Will Do: We seek a postdoc to work on the development and application of a Greenland ice sheet model component within the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM, The work will use the mature MPAS-Land Ice modeling framework ( that is currently being applied to Antarctica. Work will include aspects of the implementation and testing of new model physics (e.g. subglacial hydrology and iceberg calving), new optimization and initialization methods, stand-alone ice sheet applications and testing, ice sheet coupling to E3SM, and analysis of both standalone and coupled ice sheet simulations. An utlimate goal for the position will be projections of sea level change contribution from the Greenland Ice Sheet calculated within the coupled E3SM Earth system modeling framework. The successful candidate will be partly responsible for identifying specific science goals compatible with these broader requirements.
Desired Skills:  The successful candidate will have experience and knowledge of computational ice sheet and/or climate modeling; experience in high-latitude, coupled climate modeling and analysis; experience in construction and application of ice sheet and/or climate models; expertise in computer programming in languages compatible with high-performance computing (e.g. Fortran90, C, C++); expertise in shell scripting and/or data-analysis languages (e.g. Python, Matlab, bash); experience with collaborative software tools (e.g. git/Github, Confluence). He/she will have also demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals, the ability to create or improve numerical models, and the ability to analyze and interpret ice sheet and/or climate model simulation data. The ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting is also a requirement.

Education:   A Ph.D. in geophysical-fluid modeling, climate modeling, physical glaciology, physics, applied mathematics, or a closely related field.
Note to Applicants:  In addition to applying on-line, send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests to Matt Hoffman at [hidden email]. Please include “E3SM Greenland Postdoc” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received with the intent of filling the position by summer/fall of 2018 and a start date in fall/winter of 2018.

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

For general information related to the Postdoc Program, including information on generous salary and benefits guidelines, go to  Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellowship. For these named fellowships, the research scope may be broadened to include other topic of mutual interest in the broader areas of climate and geophysical fluid dynamics.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations.  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 [hidden email] or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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