Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Cloud Processes Research

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104596
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: December 06 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate the effect of soil moisture and surface heterogeneity on cloud formation and convection triggering using both ground-based and satellite observations and large-eddy simulations. This position is in the Cloud Processes Research group in the Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct creative research on the processes governing cloud and convective responses to different soil moisture and surface heterogeneity conditions.
- Contribute to the conception, design, and execution of research in the area of land-atmosphere-cloud interaction using both observation and modeling tools.
- Analyze data regarding soil moisture and surface heterogeneity on cloud formation.
- Publish research results in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals and present technical results at scientific conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in atmospheric science or closely related field.
- Experience conducting research in atmospheric science or closely related field.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: clouds associated with cumulus convection and their interaction with land surface, land surface processes and modeling, moist convection thermodynamics, and boundary layer turbulence.
- Knowledge of satellite and/or ground-based observations such as those collected by NASA and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program.
- Experience with large model datasets, modern programming environments, and visualization techniques.
- Proficient written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a diverse, multidisciplinary research team.
- Ability to travel to coordinate research with collaborators.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.


Note:   This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


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