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Postdoc position in AMOC projections and collapse
Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
What You Will Do
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral appointment in the field of ocean and climate modeling, with a specific focus on water mass transformation and the mechanisms driving the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). This position is part of a new multi-institution project (ImPACTS: Improving Projections of AMOC and Collapse Through advanced Simulations) investigating the physical processes governing the stability of the AMOC and aiming to reduce climate model biases using novel analysis techniques. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with world-leading experts in the fields of Physical Oceanography, Machine Learning, and Computational Science. Candidates with experience in modeling and analyzing ocean or climate processes, or with interest in applying Machine Learning techniques to climate analysis, are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be expected to produce and analyze global climate simulations with the US DOE's new climate model E3SM (see, publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and present research work at conferences. The selected candidate will be based at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, and work with collaborators at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, CA. The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • A Ph.D. in applied mathematics, computational science, physics, earth sciences, fluid dynamics, climate modeling, engineering, geophysics, or a closely related field.
  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Willingness to work productively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in a STEM field. Candidates are typically eligible to apply for a LANL postdoctoral position within five years of receiving their Ph.D., and will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment. Requests for exceptions to the five-year eligibility requirement will be considered.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with programming languages such as Fortran, C/C++, or Python.
  • Understanding of ocean physics, large-scale ocean circulation, and / or climate.
  • Experience working in large-scale, parallel computing environments.

Note to Applicants:
The full job ad and online application can be viewed at, vacancy IRC115512.
Please address any questions about the position to Dr. Barthel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Van Roekel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The application package consists of a CV, digitized copies of transcripts, and a cover letter. Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply. In addition to applying online (, search for vacancy IRC115512), please send your application package to Dr. Barthel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), including "Ocean Modeling Postdoc" in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed starting on January 16, 2023 and considered until the position is filled.

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