Postdoctoral Researcher, Coupled Earth System Modeling – UC Santa Barbara

Open date: December 10th, 2018
Next review date: May 31st, 2019
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara (, is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to contribute to a DOE-funded project focusing on understanding the mechanisms for tropical and extratropical Pacific decadal variability in present and future climates.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to define their own original sub-project aligned with the project goals, in collaboration with investigators at UC Santa Barbara, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The candidate will also have primary responsibility for generating, and the first opportunity to analyze, a new ‘Large Ensemble’ of future climate projections with the new DOE Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). This ensemble will be released to the public upon completion of the project and form a vital new community resource. The position will be located at the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, but will involve collaborative visits to LANL to facilitate work with E3SM, as well as in-person and remote interactions with the other team leads.

Basic Qualifications: PhD in atmospheric, oceanic, or climate science or a related field at time of application.

Additional Qualifications: 1 year experience working in Linux/Unix environments and programming in R, Matlab, Python, NCL, and/or FORTRAN.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will also have experience working with output from and conducting simulations with ocean and/or climate models. Experience in the area of coupled climate dynamics, especially with regards to variability on interannual to decadal timescales, is highly desirable.

The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of subsequent extension based on performance and availability of funding. For primary consideration apply by January 15, 2019. Position is open until filled. Preferred start date would be May 2019. To apply, please upload a cover letter, statement of research, including a description of current research interests, experience with climate/Earth system modeling, and near-term research goals. Please also provide a current CV and contact information for 3 references to: Email Samantha Stevenson ( with any questions related to the position.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)


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