Postdoctoral Research Scholar – NC State University

The Climate Modeling and Predictability Group at North Carolina State University (NCSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position focusing on how atmosphere-ocean coupled processes drive climate variability and change. This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project aims to identify the relative importance of different pathways through which the atmosphere communicates internal and anthropogenic climate variations to the ocean.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will participate in the development of a process-based climate model hierarchy that varies in ocean model complexity and the extent to which the atmosphere and ocean models are coupled. The project team, lead by Dr. Sarah Larson, will conduct research related to the impact of surface winds versus buoyancy in driving intrinsic climate variations and anthropogenic long-term trends in ocean circulation and surface climate.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Climate Science, or a closely related field, and experience in high performance computing and data analysis. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Hire date may be delayed until a PhD is earned for a qualified candidate. Current and future graduates are encouraged to apply. Start date will be between 8/1/2020 and 1/1/2021.

Members of underrepresented minority groups and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

– Implement code modifications to Community Earth System Model (CESM).
– Perform CESM ensemble experiments and analyze the model output using advanced data analysis and visualization software such as Python, MATLAB, etc.. 
– Excellent communication of project results through conference presentations, seminars, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Although work with Dr. Sarah Larson will primarily be based in Raleigh, NC on the NCSU campus, the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will spend approximately one month over the course of the appointment in Boulder, CO to collaborate with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to develop large ensemble experiments using the Community Earth System Model (CESM).

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of the work, we welcome candidates of diverse backgrounds with PhDs in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Climate Science, or broadly related fields.

Experience in configuring and running model simulations is preferred but not required.

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