Fire Process Modeler – Reno, NV

Fire Process Modeler

Desert Research Institute

Reno, NV



The Desert Research Institute (DRI) Division of Atmospheric Sciences is seeking a
Postdoctoral Researcher (Postdoc) or an Assistant Research Professor to help initiate a
research program on wildland fire process modeling connected to existing and upcoming
research in understanding combustion phase (flaming vs. smoldering), fire propagation and
severity, fire emissions into the atmosphere, and the pre- to post-fire change of eco-
hydrologic conditions and to applications in fire and land management (wildfire and
prescribed burning). This position is located at DRI’s Northern Nevada Science Center in
Reno, NV, but candidates preferring DRI’s Las Vegas, NV offices or remote locations may be
considered as may candidates with higher qualification. The research activities
associated with this position will build the knowledge base related to fire sciences, an
important component of research in DRI. The successful candidate will be encouraged to
collaborate broadly with DRI’s faculty in all three Divisions and with external colleagues.
Depending on performance, candidates hired as a Postdoc may have an opportunity for future
promotion to Assistant Research Professor without a new search.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, chemical engineering, forestry, or a related discipline from an accredited institution.
1-year minimum post-Ph.D. experience for Assistant Professor position.
1-year minimum experience in physics-based fire process simulations for Assistant Research Professor position, interest in these simulations for Postdoc position.
Demonstrated expertise in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling using highly parallel or cluster computing.
Interest in initiating, planning, obtaining funding, and carrying out research projects.
Exhibited ability to work collaboratively with others in an interdisciplinary environment.
Demonstrated ability to publish in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proficient in presenting research results at professional meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in model assimilation of heterogeneous data.
Expertise in spatial scaling of physics-based fire process models.
Experience in increasing the limited spatial domain of physics-based models or using them and machine learning to drive empirical models.
Expertise in modeling heat, plume, and convective core dynamics to model fire emissions.
Interest and experience in student and postdoc supervision and mentoring.

Conditions of Employment

Must be willing to travel for field work, client visits, and presenting at scientific conferences/meetings.

Apply at the DRI website:–Fire-Process-Modeling_R0134274

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