Tuesday, September 09, 2008

NCAR Paleoclimate PostDoc Available

Job Description: Postdoctoral Fellow, Volcanism in the Arctic System INSTAAR, University of Colorado at Boulder and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder

Supervisors: Gifford Miller (INSTAAR), Bette Otto-Bliesner (NCAR) Salary Range: $55k - $57k

This is a new, full-time, two-year term position with a start date of January/February 2009. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Friday, Nov. 7 2008. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Basic job functions:
Successful applicant will participate in a multi-national/multi-institutional interdisciplinary team focusing on the impact of volcanism on the Arctic System.

Duties include:
Conducts research using the NCAR Community Climate System Model (CCSM) and the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) to understand and predict climate impacts on the Arctic System from tropical and high-latitude explosive volcanism. Timescales include the Holocene, with possible extensions to the Last Interglaciation. Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for designing, running and analyzing ensembles of CCSM and WACCM simulations to assess the immediate impacts of stratospheric loading from explosive volcanism, and possible feedbacks that might lead to a change in state across the Arctic, particularly during the Little Ice Age and the early Holocene. Additional simulations may evaluate climate impacts of long-duration effusive eruptions. Research to be conducted in collaboration with PIs from NCAR and several US and international universities.

Requirements include:
Education and experience:
• Recent PhD in atmospheric science, earth science, or related field

Knowledge, skills and abilities
• Experience working with large-scale climate models and/or large-scale climate-proxy data sets
• Experience working with the impacts of volcanic aerosols on the climate system or volcanic signals in ice cores
• Strong quantitative skills
• Ability and keen interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research
• Experience working in a UNIX computing environment
• Proficiency in software diagnostic tools and experience in scientific computing
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently
• Strong written and oral communication skills; strong publication record

For additional information contact:
Gifford Miller gmiller@colorado.edu or
Bette Otto-Bliesner ottobli@ncar.ucar.edu

Pass the word. I am sure that there are plenty of climate PhD's looking for postdocs and my readers know some of them (!) at least.

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