Postdoctoral Research Associate-Cloud and Aerosol Physics and Chemistry Modeling

 

The Earth System Modeling group within the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join a highly collaborative project for the design of a large-scale Aerosol-Cloud-Drizzle-Convection Chamber (ACDC2) to study interactions and evolution of aerosols and cloud droplets within turbulent clouds, including aqueous chemistry and drizzle formation processes. The successful candidate will join the team of PNNL scientists in using analytical and numerical models of different complexity to explore aerosol and cloud processes that would occur within the proposed chamber. Specific tasks will depend on applicant’s qualifications and may include conducting large-eddy simulations (LES) of the ACDC2; analyzing simulated cloud chamber thermodynamics and microphysics; evaluating modeled cloud and aerosol properties against observations from a prototype chamber; developing an improved cloud microphysics scheme; and performing aqueous chemistry modeling by implementing recently developed formulations of secondary organic aerosol chemistry into parcel and LES models. The project is part of a joint effort by the members of the Convection Cloud Chamber Consortium co-sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric System Research Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Physical and Dynamic Meteorology Program, and the successful candidate will have an opportunity to collaborate with partner scientists from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Michigan Technological University, and seven other national and international universities and institutes.