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Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Earth System Modeling (Multiple Positions)

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until both positions are filled

The University of Arizona’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences is seeking two full-time postdoctoral researchers in the field of Earth system modeling.

One position will focus on global atmospheric processes; e.g., aerosol-cloud-meteorology interactions; dynamics-physics (cloud microphysics, shallow convection, and atmospheric boundary layer) coupling; subseasonal-to-seasonal forecasting improvement.

The other will focus on land processes; e.g., hybrid 3-D hydrological modeling for Earth system models; role of soil moisture and temperature as well as vegetation in land-atmosphere interaction; land model improvement (including snowpack modeling).

Both positions are in the Land-Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions group, led by Prof. Xubin Zeng . Besides contributing to existing projects, candidates are also encouraged to pursue curiosity-driven research that is loosely related to existing diverse projects.

Postdoctoral Scholar or Project Scientist at the University of California, Irvine,
Investigating global cloud-aerosol interactions in the world’s first climate model to include explicit embedded boundary layer turbulence.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until position is filled

The Earth System Science Department at UC Irvine is looking for an ambitious postdoctoral research associate or project scientist interested in using a new refined- resolution variant of cloud superparameterization (i.e. “ultraparameterization”; see Parishani et al., JAMES, 2017,2018) to investigate the physics of global cloud response to aerosol loading and surface warming.

Well-qualified candidates will have a strong foundational background in atmospheric science and expertise in cloud physics, especially aerosol-cloud interactions. Familiarity with the boundary layer turbulent eddy interactions that mediate stratocumulus cloud-top entrainment and transitions between various organized forms of shallow convection, and associated multi-scale climate dynamics is desired, as is computational fluency in large-eddy simulation technology such as the Weather Research and Forecasting model or the System for Atmospheric Modeling; in its stead, a strong background in boundary layer processes and other modeling background may also suffice. Further fluency in global atmospheric simulation technology such as the Community Earth System Model is helpful.

The postdoctoral scholar or project scientist will be expected to work closely with Prof. Mike Pritchard, within the Department of Earth System Science at UC, Irvine, with additional mentorship and close collaboration with Prof. Chris Bretherton and Dr. Peter Blossey at the University of Washington. This project is an NSF-funded multi-institutional collaboration across UCI/UW. Other opportunities are available to collaborate with our group members who are exploring machine learning emulation of subgrid cloud physics, and with the Department of Energy’s exascale computing project, in which cloud superparameterization has recently been ported to run on the world’s most powerful supercomputer (fueled by GPUs).

For more information contact Mike Pritchard or send him your application electronically as a single PDF: (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) and the names of three references, directly.

Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School (BUCSS) 2019

Dates: 2-6 September 2019
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Application Deadline: 24 June 2019

The Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School 2019 (BUCSS 2019) aims to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to urban climate monitoring and modelling, urban ecology and biometeorology, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists who tackle the major urban sustainability challenges facing future generations.

The critical areas covered by BUCSS 2019 include:

  • Modeling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
  • Urban ecology as an instrument for adaptation to climate change challenges in cities
  • Exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities

You may apply to attend BUCSS 2019 by emailing a 2-page CV, a 1-page letter of motivation, and the names, affiliation, email addresses and phone numbers of two professors or senior researchers who could provide references to

Research Associate

Application deadline; 30 June 2019

The University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences (UK) is seeking a Research Associate for the IMPRES (“Impacts and Risk Assessment to better inform Resilience Planning”) Project. The Research Associate will primarily be responsible for analysis of climate model projections to produce metrics of heat stress. This work will include updating established impacts models to make use of new high resolution UK Climate Projections 2018 (UKCP18) data. The RA will collaborate strongly with other IMPRES partners, particularly the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, through multi-metric synthesis.

Head of Science in the Technical Support Unit (IPCC WGI)

Application Deadline: 5 July 2019

Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is recruiting the Head of Science in the Technical Support Unit (IPCC WGI)for the IPCC Working Group I Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The position is located at the University of Paris-Saclay (France).

The IPCC Working Group I (WGI) assesses the physical science underpinning past, present, and future climate change. The WGI Technical Support Unit (TSU) provides scientific, technical, operational and communications support that underpin and implement the WGI assessment.The TSU works at the unique IPCC interface between science and policy in the provision of the climate knowledge and information that is relevant for policy needs and decision making. The team is responsible for facilitating and implementing the assessment process undertaken by the author teams and overseen by the WGI Bureau.

The Working group I seeks candidates that bring a broad understanding of state-of-the-art climate science, international research and coordinated activities, as well as demonstrated experience in team leadership and management. They are looking for someone who is enthusiastic in supporting a high impact and rigorous WGI assessment and promote the value of information on the physical basis of climate change and its accessibility and usability by different communities around the world.

Associate Professor in Climate Change Leadership

Application deadline: 5 July 2019

Uppsala University (Sweden), has a job opening for an Associate Professor in Climate Change Leadership. The position includes teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of doctoral students. The holder is shall also keep abreast of developments within the subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university.

3-year PhD Position at Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change

Application Deadline: 7 Juli 2019

The Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz offers a 3-year PhD position in

Understanding, Reconciling and Communicating Uncertainties in Projections of Extreme Precipitation over the Greater Alpine Region

We are seeking a highly motivated student to work on the SPIRIT project funded by the Austrian Climate Research Programme. The student working on the SPIRIT project will have an MSc or comparable degree in meteorology/atmospheric sciences or a related subject, and will be interested in broadening their view on the interdisciplinary aspects of climate change.

Please submit your application including the reference ACRP SPIRIT and all application documents as a single pdf to
Application Documents:

  1. a motivation letter
  2. an abstract in English of the master thesis including a web-link or ftp-link to an electronic copy of the thesis,
  3. a CV including information on previous work experience and publications and a transcript of records,
  4. evidence for knowledge in English at level C1 or higher (e.g., suitable IELTS, TOEFL, or EFL certificate and/or brief justification letter summarizing the experience)
  5. two letters of recommendation.

For informal inquiries please contact Douglas Maraun

Joint Fellowship scheme between the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

Application Deadline: 17 July 2019

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research ( is excited to be collaborating with the World Meteorological Organisation on a new fellowship opportunity for researchers in countries with developing economies.

It will enable researchers to undertake research at major international laboratories, field facilities, and/or institutes in or operated by SCAR’s member countries, with the goal of exposing them to recent advances in research and to develop long-term scientific links and partnerships.

Postdoctoral Fellow in extreme precipitation projection

Application Deadline: 29 September 2019

The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) is has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow in extreme precipitation projection. Her/his main task is to project future changes in extreme precipitation in Eurasia and North Africa after bias-correction of the newest generation of CMIP model simulations.

PhD student in Soil Hydrology

Application Deadline: to be determined

The Research Unit Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry of The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL studies the impact of environmental changes on biogeochemical cycles. Within an SNF-project the Group Biogeochemistry is looking for a
PhD student in Soil Hydrology. Her/his main task is model the water fluxes in Swiss forests with physically based soil water models. The signature of stable water isotopes will be used to track the water movement within the soil and from the soil into the plant. You will regionalise the applied methods using remote sensing data to assess forest vulnerability to drought.

Associate Scientist, Earth Sciences

Application Deadline: to be determined

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) has an opening for an Associate Scientist, Earth Sciences. The researcher will conduct research to advance ground validation activities for the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. The research will fall into three task areas : (a) characterizing uncertainties in satellite and ground-based (radar, dense gauge networks) rainfall estimates over a broad range of space/time scales; (b) using data from synergistic missions/sensors (e.g. SMOS, SMAP, GRACE, MODIS) to characterize correct detection or false alarms in GPM products; and (c) characterizing uncertainties in hydrologic models and understanding propagation of input uncertainties into model forecasts. The research involves work on retrospective regional analysis, retrospective global analysis, and real-time global analysis. The researcher will leverage existing open source modeling platforms including NASA’s Land Information System (LIS) to conduct these analyses.

Post Doctorate RA – Cloud Microphysics

Application Deadline: to be determined

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral scientist to work on cloud microphysics parameterization and evaluation in both high and coarse resolution models. The post-doctoral fellow will work with a project team to advance the representations and the science of cloud microphysical processes and cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions. Development will be guided by observations and spectral bin microphysics (SBM) model simulations from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF). In addition, the fellow will work on improving the computational efficiency of cloud microphysical calculations.

Post Doctorate RA – Convective Storm Modeling

Application Deadline: to be determined

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral scientist to mainly work on a project related to severe convective storm modeling. The postdoc associate will be expected to carry out high-resolution modeling simualtions with either global or reginal climate models to understand how changes in temperature, land use, and aerosols can affect severe convective storm characteristics. He/she would also be involved in evaluating the performance of model simulations in simulating severe storm properties with observational data.

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member – Cloud Processes Research

Application Deadline: to be determined

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate the interactions between atmospheric convection and surface climate over the Central United States. The prospective candidate will use available observations to assess how well convection permitting models simulate atmospheric convection and its impact and dependence on surface conditions. This position is in the Cloud Processes Research and Modeling group in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division (AEED).

Postdoctoral Researcher – Atmospheric Modeling

Application Deadline: to be determined

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a multidisciplinary team developing state-of-the-art multiscale atmospheric and Earth system simulation methods for a variety of energy, environmental, and national security applications. You will work with leading scientists and engineers in wind energy, wildfire, and atmospheric dispersion in the creation and development of novel methods to apply Earth-system simulation techniques across scales using high-performance computing. You will have opportunities to work on model development, model validation, and scientific discovery tasks in support of these efforts, and to expand your skills by collaborating with expert staff in advanced computation, machine learning, and statistics. This position is in the Energy group within the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division (AEED).