Satellite Meteorologist and Climate Modeler

Published: 11 June 2020

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has an opening for a Satellite Meteorologist and Climate Modeler in the PCMDI project with expertise in satellite measurements and derived datasets for Earth system model evaluation. Your research will span topics in model-observation comparison, including the construction of model evaluation datasets, statistical evaluation of observational uncertainty, the design and execution of global model simulations and the analysis of single and multi-model  ensembles to quantify and constrain uncertainty in predictions of Earth system behavior. This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division, Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.

Essential Duties

  • Conduct detailed complex quantitative comparisons of climate model results with satellite observations.
  • Design and run model simulations for hypothesis-based scientific investigations of the causes of climate and Earth system variability and change.
  • Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present technical results at scientific conferences.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Travel as required.
  • Participate in the development of research proposals.
    Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications
  • PhD in meteorology, atmospheric science, oceanography or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience working with satellite-based atmospheric sounding measurements.
  • Significant experience in the comparison of weather or climate model results with satellite observations.
  • Ability to effectively perform independent research.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills, as evidenced by published results and presentations.
  • Experience collaborating effectively with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in software development using Python.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience designing and performing simulations using atmospheric general circulation or coupled Earth system models.
  • Understanding of factors affecting satellite passive-sensor retrieval algorithms, including instrument calibration drift and satellite orbital changes.


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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.