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Job Title Microscale Atomspheric Modeling

The Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) conducts research in a variety of disciplines relevant to achieving and implementing the so-called digital battlefield. Problems address the sensing, distribution, analysis, and display of information in the modern battle space. CISD research focuses on four major areas: communications, atmospheric modeling, battlefield visualization, and computing as described below.

Research is conducted to enhance the performance of existing battle space communications and to develop new concepts for communications and information distribution. Current interests focus on wireless digital communications in an integrated architecture, multimedia communications, the technology of information distribution, peer-to-peer mobile ad-hoc networking, network science, and information assurance.

Research is conducted to improve our understanding of the atmosphere and its critical relationship to the performance of Army Systems; to create physically correct models that support the generation of realistic scenes of targets, terrain environments, cultural features, and battle damage; and to impact standards and protocols of the international modeling and simulation community. We are especially interested in physics-based models, three-dimensional visualization, and environmental and atmospheric modeling.

Research is conducted to provide the Army the technologies for information processing and presentation in the battle space, and for use of information to control systems and hardware used in land warfare. We are also interested in intelligent systems, battle space visualization, soldier-centered computer interfaces (HCI), advanced display technologies, tactical decision aids, software engineering, and data base technologies.

Research is conducted to provide the Army the technologies enabling a user-friendly synthetic environment in which all operation and support functions will be conducted with help from intelligent systems. We are also interested in advanced distributed simulation, software and intelligent systems, and high-performance computing. High-performance computing research involves developing numerical modeling techniques to achieve highly optimized, multidisciplinary physical modeling on scalable computer architectures.

All opportunities posted are ongoing.


The Army Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry in scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Army. Scientists and Engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs by pursuing scientific research and technological developments in diverse fields such as: applied mathematics, atmospheric characterization, simulation and human modeling, digital/optical signal processing, nanotechnology, material science and technology, multifunctional technology, combustion processes, propulsion and flight physics, communication and networking, and computational and information sciences. The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) provides opportunities to participate in ARL’s on-going and applied research and development projects through its programs in: Computational & Information Science, Human Research and Engineering, Survivability & Lethality Analysis, Sensors & Electron Devices, Weapons & Materials Research, and Vehicle Technology.


Selected Fellows/Researchers will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists performing research and/or advising at the sponsor. The extensive partnering relationships with universities and other government agencies will expose participants to a broad research community. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet government decision-makers and learn directly from them about the role of scientific research in addressing complex, real-world (i.e., operational) needs. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to learn how research products transition from the proof-of-concept stage to integrated production systems. Other benefits may include the following:


Stipend payments for regular associates (recent Ph.D.) and senior awards (e.g. faculty or sabbatical) are based upon the discipline and area of research.


During the period of the Fellowship, ORAU will provide group health insurance that includes medical and prescription drug coverage to eligible participants upon appointment in the program. There is no waiting period for coverage to begin. Each plan is a preferred provider plan (PPO) with providers in all states. In addition, ORAU will provide coverage for Accidental Medical and Accidental Death and Dismemberment.

Travel and Relocation

Fellows may be eligible for travel and relocation expenses. This includes movement of household goods from your current address to the research site, and limited professional travel, provided such travel is recommended and approved by both ARL and ORAU.


Postodoctoral Fellows:

The proposed applicant is responsible for ensuring all sections of the application are prepared in ORAU format, has been coordinated with an advisor, and appropriate ARL branch and division chiefs. Before appointment, each applicant must present evidence of having received a Ph.D., Sc.D., or other earned research doctoral degree recognized in U.S. academic circles as equivalent to a Ph.D. Applicants must submit a research proposal that relates to a specific research opportunity at ARL. A proposal must be original work of the applicant and sponsored by an Advisor at an ARL laboratory. Before writing a proposal, an applicant is strongly advised to communicate directly with the Advisor, who can provide more specific information on the current research and available technical facilities and offer scientific support of proposal development. The advisor will not write your proposal. Each applicant's proposal must be approved by an ARL Advisor and endorsed by the appropriate ARL directorate ORAU POC. To apply for a postdoctoral fellowship please click this link.

Senior Researchers:

Senior Researchers must have held the doctorate degree for five years or more at the time of application or hold a permanent appointment in academia, Government or industry and have research experience that has resulted in significant contributions and recognition as established investigators in their specialized fields. To apply for a senior rsearcher fellowship please click this link.

Summer Faculty Fellows:

Summer Faculty Fellows must meet the requirements of the Postdoctoral Fellows or the Senior Researcher as described above. To apply for a Summer Faculty Fellow appointment please click this link.


Applications for Postdoctoral Fellows and Senior Researchers are accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis for selection throughout the year. Summer Faculty applications can be submitted throughout the year, however applicants are encouraged to submit applications by April for consideration for the current year. Currently, US Citizenship is required for all Applicants.

Curriculum Vitae:

List by title non-published works including doctoral thesis List by titles published works (Include journal/article name and location

5– to 7–Page Proposal:

Research topic should relate to a specific opportunity at ARL (see Research Areas) The objective of the research topic should be clear and have a defined outcome Explain the direction you plan to pursue Include expected period for completing the study Include a brief background such as preparation and motivation for the research References of published efforts may be used to improve the proposal

Signed Release of Information Form:

Three References Forms:

An email with a link to the reference form will be emailed to the applicant upon completion of the on-line application. Please send this email to persons you have selected to complete a reference. References should be from persons familiar with your educational and professional qualifications (include your thesis or dissertation advisor, if applicable)


Transcript verifying receipt of postdoctoral degree must be submitted with the application. Student copy is acceptable.

Fellows will be selected based on the research proposal, academic records, recommendations, applied research interests and compatibility of background with applied research programs and projects at the host Installation. The initial appointment is typically for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years based upon recommendation of the host installation and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend which is determined based upon level of education, training, and experience. Inbound travel and moving expenses are reimbursed according to established policies. Travel and other costs will also be reimbursed for training related to the project and approved by ORAU and the host installation. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through the ORAU for Postgraduate Internship participants.

Location Adelphi, MD
Country USA
Position Id ARL-C-CISD-1398961424
Job Description

Microscale Atomspheric Modeling

The overall objective of this research is to develop an efficient microscale prognostic model of the atmospheric boundary layer that couples multiple atmospheric variables such as wind, temperature, moisture, and passive scalars (aerosols).  The effects of complex terrain (to include urban, mountainous, and jungle/forest) and atmospheric radiation transfer modeling (urban and forest canopy) are also to be considered.  Specifically, this research and development is to extend recent advancements in computational fluid dynamics for microscale turbulent flows over urban and complex terrains, such as, the finite-volume method and the lattice Boltzmann model. This project also seeks to advance the development of high performance computing algorithms for microscale meteorological modeling using GPU and other HPC facilities.

Notes Boundary layer, atmospheric boundary layer, turbulence, atmospheric turbulence, complex terrain, urban, mountainous, jungle, forest, radiation transfer, atmospheric science, atmospheric modeling, meteorology, meteorological modeling, computational fluid dynamics
Number of Openings 1
Degree Specialization Atmospheric Science; Meteorology; Physics; Mechanical Engineering; Environmental Science;Computer Science; Applied Mathematics
Degree Required PhD - Graduate, Senior Scientist