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[Met-jobs] 4 Postdoctoral Fellows Positions for a collaborative multi-university effort (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 26 Apr 2011 08:24:07 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

A team of four postdoctoral fellows is being organized to participate in a
collaborative Investigation of Decadal Climate Predictability and
Hydroclimate Impacts (IDCPI) on the Western US

The University of Southern California (USC), the University of Hawai`i at
Manoa (UH), the University of Colorado (UC) and the University of
California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invite applications from outstanding
individuals whose background is in climate dynamics, climate system
modeling, isotope climatology and climate data analysis to participate in a
multi-year project funded by the National Science Foundation, Division of
Atmospheric and Geospace Science. Lead PIs are Dr. David Noone, UC; Dr. Lisa
Sloan, UCSC; Dr. Lowell Stott, USC; and Dr. Axel Timmermann, UH.

The postdoctoral team will conduct collaborative research with the PIs
• to investigate North American hydroclimate variability as expressed
isotopically in precipitation (both in modern precipitation at stations
throughout the western US and in tree cellulose from a network of tree sites
and speleothems),
• to quantify the effects of sea-surface temperature forcing on droughts in
the Western US over the past 3-5 centuries
• to study dynamical processes that contribute to the potential decadal
predictability of climate variations using the community earth system model
• to improve initialization techniques for decadal climate forecasts
• to study how the local hydrology in the western US responds to large-scale
sea surface temperature-induced atmospheric variations using regional
climate models.

The goal of this endeavor is to improve predictability of decadal-scale
hydrologic variability, including drought that is likely to have a major
impact on the western US in the future.

Each postdoctoral fellow will reside at one of the participating
institutions but will spend some amount of time together with other team
members at one or more of the institutes.
Ideal candidates are expected to be comfortable in collaborative research
environments and to exchange knowledge and expertise as a means of providing
a broader breadth of training and experience between disciplines. Applicants
must have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, oceanography or a related field.
Advanced programming skills using supercomputer architectures and previous
experience with climate models or multivariate statistical climate data
analysis tools are highly desirable. The salary will be competitive and
commensurate with experience.

Applicants are asked to submit vitae, a statement of research experience and
interests, a statement regarding the preferred host institution, and names
and contact information of at least 3 academic references to Dr. Lowell
Stott Department of Earth Sciences University of Southern California,
Science Hall, Room 235 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740. For further information
about the positions please contact Dr. Lowell Stott at <>
or +1-213-740-5120. <>

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