Research Position – Princeton University

Research Position in Modeling and Understanding the Observed Arctic Sea Ice Decline in Recent Decades

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University in cooperation with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) seeks a postdoctoral or more senior scientist for research related to modeling and understanding of the  rapid decline of Arctic sea ice observed over the satellite era.  The position will be focused on improved understanding of the mechanisms causing the observed ice decline using coupled climate models and observations.  The research will explore  the response of Arctic sea ice to anthropogenic forcings, natural forcings, and natural decadal/multidecadal variability.   Both recent graduates and more senior candidates will be considered for this position.

The selected candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related field and one or more of the following attributes: (a) a strong background in climate/ocean/sea ice dynamics (b) experience using and analyzing coupled climate models and (c) strong diagnostic skills in analyzing simulated and observed data sets.  Appointments are initially for one year with renewal for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Successful candidates will be based at GFDL in Princeton, New Jersey.  For further information, please contact Rong Zhang ( or Tom Knutson (  Complete applications, including a CV, publication list, three references in order to solicit letters of recommendation, and a one-to-two page statement of research interests must be submitted to by December 31, 2017 to ensure full consideration, though evaluation will be ongoing.  Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy

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

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