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Job Record #15711
TitleDevelopment of New Ground-to-Space Atmospheric Prediction Model
EmployerU.S. Naval Research Laboratory
LocationUnited States, DC, Washington
InternationalNo, only national applications will be considered
Closure DateFriday, April 12, 2019
The Space Science Division of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 
Washington, DC seeks a highly motivated individual to join a cross-
disciplinary research team, tasked with rapidly developing and validating a 
new state-of-the-art global numerical model of the neutral atmosphere 
extending from the ground to 500 km altitude, for future high-resolution 
forecasting of the deep atmosphere for space-weather applications. The 
successful candidate will join a strong team of research scientists already in 
place at NRL for this new project that builds upon NRL’s institutional 
expertise in high-altitude atmospheric model development for new and improved 
operational environmental prediction capabilities for the globally deployed 

The new atmospheric model will be based on an emerging Navy dynamical core 
that solves the deep-atmosphere nonhydrostatic equations on the sphere using 
spectral element (SE) methods. The candidate will work primarily with a group 
at NRL DC developing new upper-atmospheric (mesospheric and thermospheric) 
components of the model, including dynamics and physical parameterizations. As 
model development proceeds, the candidate will conduct high-resolution model 
experiments on massively parallel high-performance computers to test and 
refine new features that help the team achieve specific project goals and 
milestones. In the process, the candidate may also collaborate with other 
project research teams located at NRL DC and elsewhere, focusing on the 
model’s lower altitudes, high-altitude data assimilation capabilities, and 
physical coupling to ionospheric models.

We seek a self-motivated candidate eager to study upper-atmospheric dynamics 
and physics relevant to short-term prediction, to develop efficient algorithms 
of these processes, and then to integrate them as new computer code within the 
evolving infrastructure of the new model. A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, 
computational fluid dynamics, physics, or a related discipline, is therefore 
preferred, but not essential. Ability and willingness to work in the 
environment of a large, diverse and geographically distributed team, to 
achieve collective team goals, are essential. Strong programming skills will 
also be required in working with a complex modern highly-scalable Fortran code 
using up to 1 million processors per run. Thus, candidates with interests in 
learning and applying modern coding practices on new and emerging 
supercomputing architectures are encouraged to apply. 

All applicants for federal positions must be US citizens. Formal applications 
and any questions should be emailed to Dr. Steve Eckermann 
( Applications will be accepted until 12 April 
2019 or until the position is filled. NRL is an equal opportunity employer.  

Contact Information:
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NameSteve Eckermann
Email ApplicationYes
AddressSpace Science Division, U.S. naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave SW, Washington, DC 20375, USA
Record Data:
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