postdoctoral position Norwegian Institute for Air Research

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION (2 YEARS)

In the framework of the new project “THE CHANGING ARCTIC CRYOSPHERE:
SNOW AND SEA ICE IMPACT ON PREDICTION AND CLIMATE OVER EUROPE AND
ASIA” (SNOWGLACE) funded by the Research Council of Norway, we offer a
two-year post-doc position.

The primary objective of SNOWGLACE is to improve our understanding of
the complex interconnections between the shrinking Arctic cryosphere and
the weather and climate in middle latitudes, with a special focus on
Europe and Asia. A secondary objective is to estimate quantitatively
actual predictability at the subseasonal-to-seasonal scale gained from
initialisation of forecast models with accurate snow and sea ice
conditions, thereby potentially improving long-range forecasting.

The successful candidate will contribute to the following tasks:

* Assessment of the role of snow on subseasonal-to-seasonal
forecasting with the newly developed Norwegian Climate Prediction System
(NorCPM), based on the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM)
* Multi-model assessment of the impact of changes in the Arctic
cryosphere on the weather and climate of Europe and Asia

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD degree with a strong
background in atmospheric or climate modelling, and meteorological data
analysis. It is required that the candidate is proficient in computer
programming, and experienced in running climate or global forecast
models.

SNOWGLACE is also a new science initiative from the World Meteorological
Organisation Working Group on Seasonal-to-Interannual prediction
(WGSIP). In that context, it is at the forefront of atmospheric
research. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Nansen
Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC), the Bjerknes Centre for
Climate Research (BCCR) in Bergen, as well as several institutes in Asia
(Japan, China, South Korea).

Our main office is located at Kjeller, just outside Oslo. Details about
NILU can be found at www.nilu.no [1]. Informal enquiries about the
available position can be directed to Senior Scientist and SNOWGLACE
project leader Dr. Yvan Orsolini (orsolini).
[https://www.researchgate.net/profile/YJ_Orsolini/publications]

APPLICATION, CV, SCANNED COPIES OF CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES (INCLUDE ALL
HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY LEVEL) AND THREE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
SHOULD BE SENT AS ONE COMPLETE PDF-FILE TO NILU (NILU ). NILU
WILL PERFORM A BACKGROUND CHECK DURING ITS RECRUITING PROCESS. THE
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 1 MARCH 2016. REFER TO “SNOWGLACE” IN
APPLICATION.

post-doc opportunity

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND SENSITIVITY

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

JACKSON SCHOOL OF GEOSCIENCES

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

The Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Geological Sciences in
the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin
seeks to hire an outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in an
NSF-funded research project to improve our understanding of regional
climate change and variability processes in the tropics and subtropics.
The project includes both observational analysis, and the running and
diagnosing of climate model output. We seek to better understand the
physical processes that operate to produce or resist climate change.

Candidates must have received a PhD in atmospheric science, oceanography
or a related discipline within the last three years, and possess strong
modeling and analysis skills. The expected start date is 1 September
2016, although an earlier date is possible. The initial appointment is
for 1 year, renewable for a second year depending on performance and the
availability of funds.

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN ON 15 FEBRUARY 2016. All interested
applicants should submit a complete CV and contact information for three
references to Dr. Edward K. Vizy (ned). For more
information, please contact Dr. Vizy (ned) or Professor
Kerry H. Cook (kc).

BACKGROUND CHECK CONDUCTED ON APPLICANT SELECTED.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL
OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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PhD Positions available at the University of Florida (USA)

We are looking for highly motivated students to investigate greenhouse

gas emissions in Southeastern Florida grasslands within the framework of a USDA project. Multiple topics are available and can further be determined by discussion of the candidate with the principal investigators of the project: 1) Field measurements of greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide) in order to understand emission responses to management practices and to climate variability and change 2) Laboratory experiments to track microbial greenhouse gas production in response to warming and rainfall variability 3) Field and lab measurements of microbial community carbon consumption and enzyme expression 4) Development and application of numerical models that quantify microbial production of greenhouse gases under global change factors. The work is highly collaborative, and we seek students who have interest and motivation to shape a thesis that cuts across these broad themes and investigation techniques. Students will enroll in the Soil and Water Science Program, with tuition waver and assistantship. Positions begin in August 2016. If this sparked your interest, we are looking forward answer further question and/or receive your application. Instructions on how to apply can be found on <sgerber Patrick Inglett, <pinglett Maria Silveira, <mlas Kanika Inglett >kanika>

PhD Studentships in Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Exeter

PhD Studentships in Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
The Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at Exeter is one of the leading research groups of its kind in the UK. Our research encompasses the Fluid Dynamics of Weather and Climate, Theoretical Fluid Dynamics, Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space Weather. We invite applications to study for a PhD starting in Sept 2016.

Four fully-funded PhD projects are available in the following areas:

• Magnetic Helicity Flow in the Sun and Heliosphere – Supervisors: Prof. Mitchell Berger and Dr Claire Foullon;
• Modelling of Planetary Atmospheres – Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey Vallis;
• High-performance computing in geo- and astrophysics – Supervisor: Dr Martin Schreiber;
• Understanding and Improving the Path of the Gulf Stream extension in moderate resolution climate models – Supervisors: Prof. Beth Wingate and Dr. Mike Bell (Met Office);

The deadline for applications is February 19th 2016. Interviews will take place March 9th 2016.

We encourage interested applicants to browse our webpages for details of our wide-ranging research activities and further details on how to apply:
http:/tiny.cc/gafd-phd

Climate Modeling Postdoc Opening at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

http://careers-ext.llnl.gov/jobs/4786833-postdoctoral-research-staff-member-cloud-processes-research

NOTE: This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB
The Cloud Processes Research Group within the Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division (AEED) in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member. The Cloud Processes Research Group is a leader in the study of cloud processes with activities including their diagnosis with observations, their parameterization and evaluation in climate models, and their response to climate change. Climate models are essential tools for climate research and future projections. However, large systematic errors in climate models hinder the fidelity of climate model simulations and predictions. This opening features an exciting opportunity to trace the origin of errors in ocean-atmosphere models through novel use of short-term hindcast simulations of the fully coupled climate system. The prospective candidate will perform coupled climate model simulations and diagnose the error sources in the simulated surface climate using the short-term hindcast technique developed by the DOE Cloud-Associated Parameterizations Testbed (CAPT) project (http://www-pcmdi.llnl.gov/projects/capt/index.php). Potential topics include understanding the correspondence of short-term to long-term errors in the coupled system, particularly for errors in tropical sea surface temperature (SST) and salinity (SSS), and linking them to errors related to atmospheric cloud and precipitation processes. Other potential topics of investigation include long-standing climate errors in the tropics, such as double Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to work collaboratively with scientists in the Cloud Processes Research and Climate Modeling and Analysis Groups. The postdoc will also interact with scientists at other DOE labs, NCAR, and universities through the close collaborations established by CAPT and other major climate programs at LLNL: Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI), Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME), Atmospheric System Research (ASR), and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM). The selected candidate will report to the Cloud Processes Research Group Leader.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES
– Conduct original research on the processes related to cloud, precipitation and radiation in climate models, as well as processes related to coupled ocean-atmosphere interactions in contributing to the tropical SST and SSS errors using the CAPT approach.
– Contribute to the conception, design, and execution of research plans using both observation and modeling tools.
– Publish research results in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals and present technical results at scientific conferences.
– Travel as required to coordinate research with collaborators.
– Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
– Recent PhD in atmospheric science or closely related field.
– Experience with conducting research in atmospheric science or closely related field.
– Experience with performing and analyzing climate model simulations.
– Expertise in one or more of the following areas: clouds, precipitation and radiation processes, and their representation in climate models; ocean-atmosphere interactions; ocean dynamics and circulation; climate model diagnosis and/or numerical modeling.
– Experience with processing model and observational datasets, modern programming environments, and visualization techniques.
– Experience with collaborating effectively with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds.
– Demonstrated fundamental verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by published results and presentations.
– Ability to travel to coordinate research with collaborators.

DESIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES
– Experience performing climate model simulations with the Community Earth System Model (CESM) or ACME on high-performance computing platforms.
– Expertise in the coupled ocean-atmosphere interactions; ocean dynamics and circulation.
– Expertise in data assimilation.
– Expertise in the parameterization of clouds and related processes in atmospheric models.
– Experience analyzing and working with cloud observations collected by satellites and/or field programs such as the DOEs ARM program.
– Familiarity with programing languages including Fortran, Python, NCL, MPI or openMP for supercomputing.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Pre-Placement Medical Exam: None required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: None.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Postdoc: Modeling plant responses to global change

A postdoc position in ecological/evolutionary modeling is available at UC

Merced in the Moran lab (https://sites.google.com/site/emilyvmoran/). Our
research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary responses of plants to
climate change. The aim of this postdoctoral project would be to develop an
individual-based forest model incorporating both species differences and
genetic differences in environmental responses, in order to investigate the
importance of evolutionary responses relative to species range shifts under
different scenarios of climate change and disturbance. We have already
parameterized SORTIE with average growth, mortality, and dispersal
parameters for Sierra Nevada tree species. The next steps will include
fitting species-level climate response functions using a 30-year dataset,
and incorporating heritability of climate responses. Our group will also be
collecting field data with which will aid in further parameter refinement.

The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable, depending on
performance and availability of funding. The salary and benefits package
associated with the position are based upon those established by the
University of California.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, modeling, or
similar discipline, and have experience programming in C++. Experience
with forest models would be particularly valuable. Experience with Bayesian
modeling is also desirable. The candidate must also be creative,
self-disciplined, and motivated. Additional desirable skills include
experience with statistical methods and/or R programming.

Applications will be evaluated based on past research productivity,
alignment of applicant experiences and interests with the goals of the lab
group. The top-ranking applicants will be invited to interview by Skype,
phone, or in person.

Salary:
Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salaries Scale.

To Apply:
Review of applications will begin February 2, 2016. To ensure full
consideration please apply before February 8. Ideally, the start date will
be in March.

To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in and
qualifications for the position, 2) academic CV, and 3) contact information
for three references. Applications must be submitted via this website:
https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00286.

UC Merced, which opened in September 2005, is the newest school of the
10-campus University of California system (http://www.ucmerced.edu/). The
university is still small (6,300 students, 270 faculty), but is diverse and
rapidly growing. Merced is a town of 80 thousand people located in the
central valley. It is conveniently located 1 hour north of Fresno (the
closest airport), 2 hours east of Berkeley and San Francisco, 2 hours south
of Davis and Sacramento, and 2 hours west of Yosemite National Park. Cost
of living is relatively low. ] – ecolog style. The University of California,
Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong
institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty,
staff, and students.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke
and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free
policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu

For more information: Please contact Emily Moran (emoran5) –
for further inquiries or to meet with me during the 2014 Ecological Society
of America meetings in Sacramento.

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION
Population Ecology – Spatial dynamics and assessment of shark populations

DESCRIPTION
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity to develop and implement population assessment methods to investigate the population ecology and dynamics of northeastern Pacific white sharks. The successful candidate will work with partners within a research consortium to build on nine years of mark-recapture data (photographic identifications) and tagging studies. The fellow will develop and parameterize spatially explicit population models to estimate vital demographic rates and population trend for an apex predator with complex migratory patterns driven by reproduction, ontogeny, and seasonal foraging. The position also requires participating in field work on the open ocean in small boats to collect photo ID data and deploy tags. The fellow will be based at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Dr. Salvador Jorgensen, and will work closely with co-investigators at adjoining Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University.

REQUIREMENTS
The successful candidate will have excellent science communication skills, a compelling publication record, an interest in developing new research questions, and a proven ability to work both independently and in larger teams. The fellow is expected to engage collaboratively with members of a large research group from diverse institutions (Stanford, Montana State University, UC Davis and others) as well as Aquarium and external policy partners.

QUALIFICATIONS
Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. in population biology, ecological modeling, fishery science, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or related fields at time of appointment is required. Demonstrated proficiency in numerical modeling and scientific computing is required. In-depth knowledge of mark-recapture population estimation methods is also necessary. Preferred Qualifications: Background in marine ecology, fishery science, statistics, parameter estimation or data assimilation techniques, experience in Baysian approaches. Ocean-going experience and strong aptitude in coordinating and conducting field work in challenging ocean conditions.

ABOUT THE POSITION
30% Write manuscripts

Develop multiple first-author manuscripts, contribute to additional papers

25% Analyze data and develop models
Obtain results by developing models and analyzing data
20% Contribute to field research

Coordinate field activities and maintain equipment and data collection

15% Mentor graduate students and interns
Work closely with graduate and undergraduate student participants

10% Disseminate results at conferences

Present results at symposia; interpret and disseminate results to management agencies and non-science audiences

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, submit a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references via the Monterey Bay Aquarium employment website. Apply by Jan 22, 2016.