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post doc opportunity on atmospheric dispersion at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Job Description
The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to better understand and model source-receptor relationships of atmospheric contaminants. In collaboration with researchers in the Atmospheric Measurement and Data Science and Radiation Detection and Nuclear Sciences groups, the successful applicant will:

• simulate the transport, turbulent mixing, and removal of materials released into the atmosphere,
• evaluate the performance of models using observations,
• design future measurement strategies,
• better understand the fundamental processes affecting atmospheric dispersion over multiple spatial and temporal scales, and
• publish findings in scientific journals.

It will be essential for the candidate to make the commitment to developing and maintaining robust, clean, and easily maintainable codes and scripts. Teamwork and strong communication skills for engaging with project members at PNNL and other national laboratories will also be very important.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have
• Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or environmental sciences;
• Good knowledge of the physical processes that affect the transport and turbulent mixing of material released into the atmosphere;
• Basic understanding of numerical modeling techniques used in Earth sciences or computational physics/chemistry;
• Demonstrated ability to modify, compile, and run complex weather (e.g. WRF) or climate models;
• Fluency in Fortran programing and shell scripting;
• Experience with data analysis and visualization software;
• Strong communication skills;
• Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently.

Desirable Qualifications
• Knowledge of the physical and chemical processes that affect atmospheric radionuclides, trace gases, and aerosols
• Experience with high-performance computing environments;
• Experience in using version control tools like Git or SVN.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about these positions (job ID 308510) and to submit your curriculum vita along with a statement of research interests and names/addresses of references.