Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Associate: Greenland Ice Sheet Model Development Application, and Coupling to the E3SM Global Climate Model in Los Alamos, New Mexico

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.

Keywords: ice sheets, ice sheet modeling, climate, climate modeling, global climate models, high-latitude climate dynamics, climate model coupling, sea-level change.

What You Need

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 mhoffman@lanl.gov. 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.

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

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.

For general information related to the Postdoc Program, including information on generous salary and benefits guidelines, go to Postdoc Program.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: T-3/Fluid Dynamics And Solid Mechanics

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

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC62107