Postdoctoral position – George Mason University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Faculty, Climate Dynamics

The George Mason University Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), within the Department of Atmospheric Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES), seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Dynamics.

The selected candidate will work with Dr. Natalie Burls ( on the role of ocean circulation, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and cloud feedbacks within climate variability. Particular areas of interest include tropical Atlantic climate variability, El Niño, decadal climate variability, and African climate and paleoclimate variability. This research will involve configuring, running and analyzing climate model simulations, observational analysis, and the development of simple analytical models capturing the underlying mechanisms.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in climate dynamics, physical oceanography, atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field;
  • Familiarity with coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics;
  • Ability to design and conduct coupled model experiments using CESM or a similar model on a shared super-computing platform;
  • Ability to work with large datasets and analyze climate model output;
  • Familiarity with data analysis software such as MATLAB, NCO, GrADS, IDL or NCL;
  • Familiarity with UNIX and Fortran; and
  • Written and oral communication skills sufficient to lead author manuscripts and present research at conferences.
  • Previous experience running a general circulation model is preferred.

The initial appointment is for one year, with a flexible start date falling between spring 2016 and the beginning of summer 2016, as well as the possibility of extension based on performance and funding. Consideration of applications will begin December 3, 2015, and will continue until the position has been filled.

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