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Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division

Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

The selected candidate will serve as the Director of the Earth Science Division (ESD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), reporting to the Associate Administrator (AA). The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of ESD’s annual budget of approximately $1.9 billion.

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.

Postdoc – Hydrology, Meteorology or Climate Sciences

Institute: Jülich Forschungszentrum, Department Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
Location: Jülich, Germany
Reference no.: 2019-383
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until position is filled

This position is nested in the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research (eLTER PLUS) Horizon 2020 project, aiming at improved transdisciplinary understanding of the multifaceted environmental system in order to develop appropriate mitigation measures to these critical Grand Challenges.

Your main tasks will be:

  • Establish a validated pan-European scale terrestrial ecosystem model and assess the impact of climate extremes on water related ecosystem services
  • Simulate 30 years of hydrological conditions and fluxes conditioned to eLTER network data and other measurement data
  • This position offers you the chance to contribute to an international research project, publish in international journals and present results at international conferences.

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

Duty Station: Richland (WA), USA
Application Deadline: 20 January 2020

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.

Research Scientist – Global & Regional Climate (Job ID=310116)

Location: Richland (WA), USA
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks research scientists to advance scientific discovery in understanding and modeling global and regional climate, including processes related to land-atmosphere interactions, water cycle extremes, high-latitude climate and environmental changes, and/or coastal processes. The ability to analyze large observational (long-term monitoring or short-term field campaign) and model (regional and global) datasets and design and execute numerical experiments for hypotheses testing is critical. The candidates are expected to approach science questions using measurements, modeling, or a combination of both. The candidates will work with an existing team of scientists at PNNL, other national labs as well as universities on topics of common interest.

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.

International Climate Protection Fellowship for young climate experts from developing countries

Location: Germany
Application Deadline: 1 March 2020

Submit an application, if you

  • are a future leader from a non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries)
  • are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change
  • are interested in spending a year working with a host of your choice in Germany on a research-based project you have developed yourself in the field of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation

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.

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.