Postdoctoral Associate: Decadal droughts – Mississippi State University

The successful candidate will work with a team of senior and early-career scientists in the Mississippi State University’s Department of Geosciences and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Miami, FL, to investigate the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean’s influences on the decadal drought frequency in the southern U.S. by using observations and state-of-the-art global atmosphere-ocean models. The position will be based out of MSU’s Department of Geosciences but will be physically housed at AOML in Miami, FL. The appointment is for one year and is renewable for one more year, contingent upon performance and availability of funds. The starting date of the position is expected to be on January 1, 2022 but is negotiable.


  1. Devise and conduct global atmosphere-ocean model experiments to investigate how and to what extent the decadal variability in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans modulates the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and its relationship with the southern U.S drought.
  2. Explore how the future changes in the Pacific and Atlantic background states affect the ENSO-southern U.S. drought relationship using CMIP6 model simulations.
  3. Present findings at scientific meetings and publish results in scientific journals.
  4. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Physical Oceanography, or a related field and demonstrate his/her ability in publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.

Prefered qualifications:

  1. Working knowledge of Unix/Linux
  2. Ability to analyze large datasets from model outputs
  3. Strong backgrounds in numerical modeling
  4. Good communication skills
  5. Prior experience with the Community Earth System Model (CESM) is desirable, but not required.

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