Postdoctoral Position – CIRES

CIRES/PSD Research Associate (Post Doc)

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory/Physical Sciences Division (ESRL/PSD) on understanding causes of climate variations and change that contribute to tipping points in marine ecosystems. This is a two-year position (subject to renewal after the first year) based at NOAA/ESRL/PSD in Boulder, Colorado.


The position responsibilities include diagnosing and explaining climate variability and change that can impact marine ecosystems. The focus will be on understanding changes in the physical system that lead to tipping points or abrupt changes in the structure, function and services of marine ecosystems. The position involves working with a team at NOAA ESRL/PSD and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The candidate will apply observations, global climate models (GCMs), Earth System Models (ESMs), and other tools necessary for understanding where, when, and how marine ecosystems may reach a tipping point, such as thermal stress that is lethal to organisms within an ecosystem. Key topics include: application of GFDL’s current ESMs to assess past and future climate and marine ecosystem variability including abrupt shifts at regional scales and the development of indices that provide early-warning of possible climate and ecosystem tipping points. Responsibilities include diagnosing observations and model runs.


The applicant will have a PhD degree with detailed knowledge of climate dynamics, physical oceanography, and atmospheric science. Specific expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired: (i) climate and geophysical fluid dynamics; (ii) nonlinear dynamics; (iii) climate and earth system models and their applications; and, (iv) statistical techniques. An interdisciplinary background with knowledge of marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics will be beneficial for contributing to the full scope of the project. Experience analyzing large datasets and/or model output is critical, and the ability to design and conduct GCM and/or ESM experiments is a plus.

The position will be filled as a Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year.

To Apply

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Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the required documents:

  1. CV a complete resume including any publications, and salary history
  2. Cover letter
  3. Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)
  4. List of 3 references with all contact information
  5. One-to-two page statement of research interests should be submitted by July 1, 2014 for full consideration, though evaluation will be ongoing.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.

For more information about the position please contact Michael Alexander at

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