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Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Earth System Modeling

Duty Station: University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
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.

Location: University of California, Irvine
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.

Post Doctorate RAs in Water Cycle Variability and Change (Job ID: 309769)

Duty Station: PNNL, Division Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting four postdoctoral scientists to conduct innovative research in analysis and modeling of water cycle variability and change.

As part of the Water Cycle and Climate Extremes Modeling scientific focus area, research is being undertaken to advance predictive understanding of water cycle processes and their subseasonal-to-multidecadal variations and changes using models, observations, and novel numerical experiments and analysis methods. PNNL is recruiting four postdoctoral scientists to perform research on a range of topics:

  • Developing and applying theories, diagnostic frameworks, and hierarchical modeling to advance understanding of the monsoon circulation and its response to future perturbations to build confidence in the projections of hydrological changes at regional scales
  • Performing analysis of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) using a combination of remote sensing and in-situ data, reanalysis data, and model simulations to characterize MCSs and their large-scale environment in the tropics and extratropics.
  • Improving understanding of processes that influence the variations in the propagation characteristics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation events and on tropical cyclone activity and the relationships between them
  • Climate modeling at a range of scales to improve model performance and design and conduct numerical experiments for testing hypotheses regarding water cycle variability and change

The selected candidates will work with a team of scientists to address science questions broadly related to precipitation and extreme events, convection, interactions between convection and large-scale circulation, and monsoon and other tropical circulations.

Post Doctorate RAs in Coastal Modeling and Analysis (Job ID: 309770)

Duty Station: PNNL, Division Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting three postdoctoral scientists to conduct innovative research in modeling land and river processes in the coastal zone.

As part of a new project on Integrated Coastal Modeling (ICoM), PNNL is recruiting three postdoctoral scientists to develop capabilities to model land and river processes and their interactions with the ocean in the coastal zone. The candidates will work with a team of scientists at PNNL and LANL to extend the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) to represent human-land-river-ocean interactions on a unified surface grid for land, river, ocean, and ice. Building on the existing land and river models of E3SM, the candidates will improve modeling of river flow and water management, transportation of dissolved and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous to the ocean, and three-way exchanges of water, heat, sediment and nutrient fluxes among the land, river, and ocean considering the impacts of flooding and storm surges in the periodically flooded zone. The candidates will also work on evaluating the models using observations and conduct numerical experiments to address important science questions related to human-land-river-ocean interactions. Working on the ICoM project offers exciting opportunities to develop coastal modeling capabilities in Earth system models and using the tool to test hypotheses about coastal processes, especially extreme events, in the complex human-earth system.

Ph.D. Position: Envisioning Water Sustainability through Renewable Energy in Agricultural Landscapes

Location: University of Kansas, Lawrence (KS), USA
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled

The University of Kansas is recruiting a Ph.D. student to research the impacts of renewable energy expansion for sustainable agriculture on water resources. The use case involves groundwater and surface water resources in the irrigated Central Arkansas River Basin, and the student will integrate existing data, ground and surface water models, and cutting-edge AI/ML data science approaches.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Modeling

Location: LLNL, Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division (AEED)
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled

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).

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Location: The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; Department of Environmental Sciences

Application Deadline: Review of applications will start on 15 November 2019. The position stays open until filled

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Department of Environmental Sciences invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Hydroclimatology. The position in hydroclimatology bridges atmospheric sciences and hydrology, two core areas of our department. This research area focuses on interactions between weather and climate and the hydrological cycle over regional to global scales. In addition to developing external funding to support research endeavors, candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the University, Department, and professional organizations.

Professor of Boundary Layer Meteorology at Stony Brook University

Location: Stony Brook University
Application Deadline: 1 April 2020

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences has an opening for a tenure-track faculty member (open-rank) in the area of Boundary Layer Meteorology. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue and secure funding to support a robust research program, and publish in the academic field of urban and/or coastal boundary layer meteorology observations and numerical modeling. The ideal candidate will have expertise in modern observational tools applied to understanding wind flows in complex environments, turbulent mixing and energy balance, boundary layer processes and dynamics and modeling in urban and coastal environments, with a track record of maintaining a robust extramurally-funded research program.

Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS)

Location: To Be Determined
Application period: 1 April-30 September of each year

The “Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS)” program provides an opportunity to young researchers from developing countries for capacity-building in science and technology through their affiliation with premier academic and research institutions in India to carry out short-term research work. Under the program, full financial support is provided to the research fellows for their international travel, subsistence allowance, research contingency, domestic travel in India, etc.

The Fellowships will be offered for working in research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Materials, Minerals and Metallurgy
  • Multi-disciplinary and Other Areas

Fellowships for Women 2020-2021

Institute: Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future
Locations: Multiple
Application Deadline: 7 November 2019

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at leading universities worldwide.

Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year for a PhD and maximum of USD 40,000 per year for a Post-doc and may be renewed through to completion of studies.

Mini E-Course: How to Review IPCC Assessment Reports – Webinars and Guidance for Climate Experts

Webinar 1: How does the IPCC work?
Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Time: 14:30-15:45 CEST/SAST

  • The role of the IPCC
  • Governance and structure
  • IPCC products
  • What is an Assessment IPCC style
  • the assessment process including its reviews
  • Interactions of the IPCC with society and policy making

Webinar 2: How to conduct an IPCC review
Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Time: 14:30 – 15:45 CES/SAST

  • Review procedures
  • How to find your way in a draft IPCC report
  • Judging draft texts, diagrams and figures
  • Analysis of the validity of a statement
  • The appropriate usage of grey and non-English scientific literature
  • Phrasing effective review comments
  • Practical hints and further guidance material

FESSTVaL Summer School: Observing and Understanding Submesoscale Atmospheric Dynamics

Dates: 13-24 July 2020
Location: Lindenberg, Brandenburg, Germany
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

FESSTVaL (Field Experiment on submesoscale spatio-temporal variability in Lindenberg) is a measurement campaign initiated by the Hans-Ertel-Center for Weather Research. It will take place in the summer of 2020 at the Meteorological Observatory Lindenberg-Richard-Aßmann-Observatorium (MOL-RAO) of the German Weather Service (DWD) near Berlin. During the intensive observation period in July 2020, the campaign’s participating scientists will offer a Summer School, complemented by additional lecturers.

The summer school will take place from 13 to 24 July 2020 in Lindenberg (Mark), Brandenburg, Germany, close to Berlin. It is aimed at M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and Postdocs in meteorology, physics, and related research areas. The seminars, group projects, and lectures during FESSTVaL Summer School are offered by national and international experts. The program will provide participants with insights into observing and understanding submesoscale atmospheric dynamics, such as convective scale observations from different platforms, submesoscale dynamics, and modeling. The call for applications is available here.

2020 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute

Dates: 3-14 February 2020
Location: Canberra, Australia
Application Deadline: 24 November 2019

This prestigious two-week event, from 3-14 February 2020, offers around twenty selected applicants an opportunity to work closely with peers and experts from academia and government agencies to develop advanced understanding and analytical skills.

The event is organized over two weeks, comprising a 7-day ‘boot camp’ and a 3-day hackathon. The boot camp combines tutorials, invited presentations, interactive discussion and excursions covering such topics as:

  • What are information priorities in climate and water management?
  • What are the roles of governments, industry and individuals in providing these?
  • What climate and water data services exist, and how are they best interpreted?
  • How can spatial data be combined and interpreted to provide actionable information?
  • How are station and satellite measurements incorporated into weather and water models?
  • What climate and water simulation tools exist, and how can they be used to inform decision-making?
  • How can automation and High-Performance Computing (HPC) be used to scale analysis to large data sets?

The skills-based training focuses on the use of Python on the National Computational Infrastructure’s HPC infrastructure, with tutorials in a Jupyter environment. In addition to general spatial data analysis and modelling skills, specific training will be provided in accessing spatial, climate and water data services (e.g., Digital Earth Australia, Water Data Online and ACCESS forecasts) and in the use of the AWRA Community Modelling System.

The 3-day hackathon provides the opportunity for participants to work directly in a small team with leading experts from the partner organisations and one or two other participants, to undertake a collaborative project during which they will apply and consolidate the knowledge and skills gained.

Short Course on Principles of Hydrology
Dates: 10-21 January 2020

Organizer: University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology with assistance of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences

Location: University of Calgary’s Biogeoscience Institute’s Barrier Lake Field Station, Kananaskis Valley, Alberta, Canada

Course Objectives
This course aims to describe and explain:

  • The physical principles and processes that govern hydrology, with special reference to Canadian conditions.
  • Mass and energy balance calculations and their application in hydrology.

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the principal hydrological processes active in Canadian contexts
  • Assess the effects of variable boundary conditions on hydrology
  • Apply coupled energy and mass balance equations to calculate hydrological fluxes including runoff and streamflow.

The course is intended for hydrology and water resources graduate students and early to midlevel career water resource engineers, hydrologists, aquatic ecologists and technologists who are either working directly in hydrology and water resources or are looking to broaden their understanding of hydrological systems and processes.