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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.

Postdoctoral Positions in Improving Land-Atmosphere Interactions in the GFDL climate and Earth System Models (Multiple Positions)

Application Deadline Date: 15 Augustus 2019

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University, in association with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), seeks postdoctoral or more senior researchers for new projects exploring the implications of sub-grid land heterogeneity for land-climate interactions, particularly for (1) atmospheric boundary layer and convection and (2) land surface radiation exchanges.

The first position sought is in association with the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The candidate will work collaboratively with investigators at both institutions and other national climate modeling labs to assess improvements to the models through existing diagnostic tools and the development of methods for characterizing land-atmosphere coupling and interaction. Additional work will include focused assessments of diurnal-scale land-atmosphere behavior at data-rich locations in conjunction with coordinated large-eddy simulations performed at Duke University.

The second position will focus on advancing the representation of atmosphere-to-land radiation exchange processes in the NOAA/GFDL ESM4, including the effects of mountain shading and reflections between mountains and snow, canopy air and snow impurities, and interactions of radiation with vegetation in complex terrain. The candidate(s) will collaborate with the atmospheric radiation experts at the University of California, Los Angeles as well as other national climate modeling centers.

Land-Modeling Program Manager/Physical Scientist

Application Deadline Date: 19 Augustus 2019

The two position are located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI), Modeling Program Team with two vacancies located in Silver Spring (MD), USA.
Together with the OSTI Modeling Program Team, the managers will be engaged in a range of exciting and critical activities, with the ultimate goal of improving the NOAA NWS models and forecasts. This includes managing the development and implementation of advanced model capabilities needed for improved forecasting of weather, hurricanes, extended forecasts (beyond 8-10 days), air quality, severe weather and coastal inundation and flooding. Ideally, one manager is able to lead the improvement of the land treatment for the Global Forecast System, including hydrology, surface radiative characteristics, vegetation, inundation/flooding, fire simulation and data-assimilation.

Current federal employees may apply here:
Job Announcement # (MAP): NWS-OST-2019-0007

Non-federal applicants may apply here:
Job Announcement # (DE): NWS-OST-2019-0008

Director, International Partnerships and Development

Application Deadline Date: 23 Augustus 2019

The role of the Director of International Partnerships and Development is to lead on and drive development of Objective 3, fundraising for activities beyond Europe through a dedicated International Account approach, nested within EIT Climate-KIC’s overall Future Funding Account Management and strategic engagement programme.
The post-holder will work in close collaboration with the Leads of the other three objectives and, together with this team, be jointly responsible for the overall management of the International Team. Climate-KIC follows a ‘team of teams’ operational model. The post-holder will therefore work with and be supported by the full International Team.

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.

Postdoctoral Researcher: satellite-based hydrological data assimilation

Application Deadline: 1 October 2019
(ref. BAP-2019-543)

The Division of Soil and Water Management of KU Leuven is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic candidate for a postdoctoral research position to work on hydrological and land surface data assimilation. The successful applicant will assimilate microwave remote sensing data (backscatter, brightness temperature) into a land surface model to improve ensemble predictions and reforecasts of discharges for major rivers in Belgium. The position is embedded within a Belspo research project on “Improved early warning through Earth observation data assimilation and hydrological retrospective forecasts (EODAHR)”.

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).

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

Application period: 1 April – 30 September of each year

The ‘Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS)’ program is to provide opportunity to young researchers of the developing countries for their 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 programme, full financial support is provided to the research fellows for their international travel, subsistence allowance, research contingency, domestic travel in India, etc.

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

  1. Agricultural Sciences
  2. Biological and Medical Sciences
  3. Chemical Sciences
  4. Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  5. Earth Sciences
  6. Engineering Sciences
  7. Materials, Minerals and Metallurgy
  8. Multi-disciplinary and Other Areas