Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Atmosphere Modeling: Middle and Upper Atmosphere- Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104668
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: January 07 2019

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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 conduct research on modeling the Earth’s middle and upper atmosphere (stratosphere through thermosphere). You will be pursuing creative research on predictability and uncertainty of atmospheric phenomena at these altitudes. This position is in the Climate Modeling and Analysis group within the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct creative research using middle and upper atmosphere models and observations.
- Conduct creative research on the predictability of future middle and upper atmosphere conditions.
- Conduct creative research on the impact on middle and upper atmosphere conditions (physical and chemical) of various phenomena, such as: gravity waves, solar fluxes, volcanic aerosols, and chemicals.
- Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present technical results within the Department of Energy (DOE) community and at scientific conferences.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in atmospheric science, atmospheric observations, or a closely related discipline.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: climatology, modeling, observations, or processes of the middle or upper atmosphere.
- Experience working with model and observational datasets.
- Proficient in at least one scientific programming language for modeling and climate data analysis (e.g., Python, Fortran, C++).
- Experience with visualization and analysis programs.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively perform independent research, and travel as required to collaborate with sponsors. 
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills, as evidenced by published results and presentations.
- Experience collaborating effectively with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience running atmosphere models such as WACCM, WACCM-X, or WAM-IPE.
- Experience using super-computers and UNIX/LINUX.
- Experience in uncertainty quantification and statistics.

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:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

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.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.