Postdoctoral Research Fellow, equatorial oceanography and the ocean carbon cycle – University of Texas

Postdoctoral Position in Ocean Carbon Cycle

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in equatorial oceanography and the ocean carbon cycle. UTIG, a research unit of the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin, is known for international field programs in geophysics, planetary science, and Earth sciences.

The selected candidate will collaborate with Dr. Pedro DiNezio on an NSF-funded project studying ongoing and future changes in sea-air CO2 exchange over the tropical Pacific Ocean. This project will use a combination of existing and new Earth System Model (ESM) simulations to study the effects of increasing CO2, ocean circulation, warmer temperatures, and biology on equatorial outgassing of CO2. Model dependence of the results will be explored using existing output from CMIP models. The research will involve configuring, running, and analyzing climate model simulations, observational analysis, and the development of process-based diagnostics.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in climate dynamics, physical/chemical oceanography; ability analyzing large multi-model climate/oceanographic datasets; ability designing and performing climate model experiments using CESM or a similar model on a shared super-computing platform; experience using MATLAB, NCO, Python, or NCL; experience with UNIX shell scripting and Fortran.
  • Written and oral communication skills sufficient to lead and author manuscripts and present research at conferences.

The initial appointment is for one year with a potential extension for an additional year. Starting date is flexible during winter/spring of 2019. Salary is $60,000 per year and appointees are eligible for group health and dental insurance. Limited support will be available for travel, equipment, and other research expenses.

Applications must contain:

  1. a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes education, employment history, and publications;
  2. a concise statement of research interests and how they align with the study of the role of the tropical oceans in the carbon cycle; and
  3. names and contact information for three individuals willing to provide references.

Consideration of applications will begin February 1, 2019, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants can send applications electronically as email attachment to Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Pedro DiNezio.

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