postdoctoral research position in land ice and climate modeling at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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postdoctoral research position in land ice and climate modeling at Los Alamos National Laboratory


Postdoctoral Research Position: MPAS-Land Ice model development and coupling in the ACME Global Climate Model

Overview: Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The 2-3 year postdoc position is within the Climate, Ocean and Sea-Ice Modeling (COSIM) Team – within the Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group (T-3) and the Theoretical Division – which develops advanced ocean and ice models for the study of climate and climate change.

Detailed Description: The COSIM group seeks a postdoc to work on development of the MPAS-Land Ice model and its coupling to the newly developed U.S. Department of Energy climate model, the Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME). A particular focus of ACME is fully-coupled, global, high-resolution simulations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, its future evolution, and its effects on sea level, ocean circulation, and global climate. Possible focus areas for research and development include subglacial hydrology, iceberg calving and ice-ocean interactions, ice sheet-climate interactions, model validation, and ice sheet model algorithm development.

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). 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 Applicant: Send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests to Stephen Price at [hidden email]. Please include “ACME Land Ice Postdoc” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received with the intent of filling the position by summer 2017 and a start date in summer or fall of 2017.

 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, or J. Robert Oppenheimer.

 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 [hidden email] or call 1-505-665-5627.

Formal applications should be made through the LANL website. To apply, go to, click on “all job postings”, and search for job no. IRC54407

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