Scale Aware Ocean Mesoscale Eddy Parameterization Postdoc

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What You Will Do

This postdoc position will focus on improving mesoscale and submesoscale eddy parameterization within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). The primary focus is on extending state-of-the-science ocean mesoscale eddy parameterizations, with a particular focus in simulation across scales. This project is part of the broader E3SM project which seeks to push the resolution frontier of Earth System Modeling. Unique to E3SM is the ability to include variable resolution in each of its components.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with E3SM project scientists, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists engaged in the multi-institution Climate Process Team on ocean eddy energetics ( We expect that the successful candidate will help to define specific science goals that are compatible with these broader requirements.

Exceptionally well qualified candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship or Distinguished (Feynman/Oppenheimer) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate will have familiarity with current mesoscale and submesoscale eddy parameterization techniques, and earth system modeling or one of its components. Expertise with high-performance computing languages (e.g. Fortran90, C, C++), shell scripting, and/or data-analysis languages (e.g. Python, Matlab, bash) is also highly desired. They will have also demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals. The ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting is also highly desired.

Education: A Ph.D. in oceanography, atmospheric science, geophysical fluid dynamics, geophysical fluid modeling, physics, applied mathematics or a closely related field.

Note to Applicants:

When applying, please attach a curriculum vitae , digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests. Address any questions about the position to Luke Van Roekel at Applications will be reviewed as received with the intent of filling the position by Spring 2021.

Candidates are eligible to apply for a LANL postdoctoral position within five years of receiving their PhD or have completed all PhD requirements by hire-on date. Requests for exceptions to the five-year eligibility requirement will be considered based on extenuating circumstances, such as a career break for raising a family.

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.

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 regard 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

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