Postdoctoral Fellowship - Global Change

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7098653 (Ref:413044)

Posted: April 12, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located near Chicago, Illinois, has an opening for a Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the Environmental Science (EVS) Division. The ERS division manages the ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) site for the Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program and hosts several experts on surface remote sensing and radars that support the ARM program.  

In this Postdoctoral Fellowship you can expect to:

  • Work with an interdisciplinary team on innovative artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) methods for a variety of data-driven approaches for earthsystem AI model development, data assimilation by using climate model emulators, reference PDE models assisted by AI emulators; and in-process scale models for parameter optimization using model-driven experiments.
  • Collaborate with a team on research projects ranging from an ongoing continental scale convection-resolving regional scale climate modeling effort, development of the earthsystem model (E3SM), and atmospheric science questions ranging from cloud-aerosol interactions to cloud physics.
  • Lead the development and testing of  new ML/AI algorithms on AI exascale systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) (https://www.alcf.anl.gov/polaris and https:/www.alcf. gov/aurora) and new and emerging hardware platforms (https://ai.alcf.anl.gov) for applications to AI for Science (AI4S).
  • Participate in the initiative on AI4S and provides extensive opportunities for training and participating in various exciting AI4S related activities at the laboratory and ALCF.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team extending from climate sciences, applied mathematics and high-performance computing.
  • Contribute technical expertise through analysis and support for programs and projects associated with HPC and computational problems related to earth system science and other environmental research programs.
  • Develop, evaluate, and apply analytical approaches, synthesis activities, computational tools; compiles results, prepares reports, publications and documentation. In particular, this position is for projects related to applying and developing AI/ML algorithms and developing databased models in HPC environment, working with a team scientists interested in modeling and evaluating earthsystem models and multiple spatial scales and for a range of atmospheric and ecosystem phenomena. 

Position Requirements

  • PhD (completed, typically within 3 years, or soon-to-be completed) in physical sciences and engineering or related fields.
  • Technical knowledge in using and developing AI/ML algorithms for forecasting by using PDE models and solvers for physical phenomena, such as climate and fluid flows; of either atmospheric or ecological disciplines of earthsystems.
  • Technical knowledge of using HPC systems
  • Experience developing high-performance code using languages such as C, C++, and Fortran, and Python in conjunction with learning frameworks.
  • Knowledge of atmospheric dynamics, process scale models  and numerical computation techniques Experience with uncertainty quantification and statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of using atmospheric observational datasets, data assimilation techniques.  
  • Familiarity with the use of GPU based systems for computing and program development
  • Demonstrated success in clear, concise writing of technical papers and in interacting and communicating effectively with colleagues and collaborating with peers.
  • Ability to think quickly and problem-solve when managing difficult situations.
  • Considerable organizational skills and flexibility in coordinating a broad spectrum of activities. 
  • Ability to contribute as a peer in team software development efforts, adhering to team practices and goals.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.


This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Job Family

Argonne Scholar Family

Job Profile

Argonne Scholar

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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