Postdoctoral Scientist – Modeling the
zonally asymmetric circulation response to global warming
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist to conduct innovative
research in climate dynamics regarding the monsoonal and
stationary circulation response to global warming.
Despite recent progress in understanding the
zonal mean circulation and hydrological cycle response to
global warming, our confidence in regional climate projections
from state-of-the-art climate models remains poor. The selected
candidate will work with a team of PNNL scientists on theories,
diagnostic frameworks, and hierarchical modeling studies to
advance understanding of the monsoon circulation response to
climate change to build confidence in the projections of
hydrological changes at regional scales. In particular, the
candidate will implement an idealized, hierarchical modeling
framework with simplified physics and/or simple representation
of land-sea configuration and topography to understand the
three-dimensional aspects of the tropical circulation,
especially those associated with monsoon. Hypothesis-driven
analysis of the CMIP5 and CMIP6 data archive will also be
performed as part of the project.
The position is for two years and renewable
contingent upon performance. The successful candidates should
have a Ph.D. degree in atmospheric dynamics, geophysical fluid
dynamics, climate modeling, or related fields. Experiences in
idealized mechanistic modeling and diagnostics for theoretical
understanding will be considered favorably during the
evaluation. Applications should include:
Cover letter describing the applicant’s research
experience and interests.
Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in
Names and addresses of three references.
Interested candidates may send further
inquiries to Ruby Leung (Ruby.Leung@pnnl.gov) or Jian Lu (Jian.Lu@pnnl.gov).