Postdoctoral Position – University of Colorado, Boulder

Postdoctoral research in Southern Ocean biogeochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher to participate in observational and modeling studies of Southern Ocean biogeochemistry.  This effort is part of a larger study of the impact of climate change on Southern Ocean circulation, carbon cycling, and ecology.   The Southern Ocean plays an important role in the global climate system, absorbing a substantial fraction of excess heat and anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and supplying critical nutrients to the subtropical thermocline.   It is also a region of large potential change in future climate simulations.

The postdoctoral researcher will join an interdisciplinary group of scientists in Boulder conducting research on Southern Ocean biogeochemistry: Prof. Nicole Lovenduski at the University of Colorado, Dr. Colm Sweeney at NOAA’s Earth Science Research Laboratory, and Dr. Britton Stephens at NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory.  Specific job activities will be influenced by applicant interests, but may include analysis of a 10-year record of pCO2, DIC, and carbon isotopes measured from the R.V. L.M. Gould in the Drake Passage; modifying and running ocean biogeochemistry models for comparison to data and assessment of future projections; and analysis of data from a new underway atmospheric O2 system on board the Gould.

A Ph.D. in the earth sciences, applied math, or the physical, biological, or chemical sciences is required.  Training in oceanic sciences and modeling is strongly preferred, and strong quantitative and statistical skills are necessary.   The initial appointment will be for one year, with opportunity for renewal.   For additional information, please contact Nicole Lovenduski <>.

Applicants must apply online at: <>, and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names of at least 3 references.  Review of applications will begin on April 1st, and continue until the position is filled

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