July 2011
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc studying the Runaway Greenhouse / Planetary atmospheres and astrobiology

From Colin Goldblatt <>
Date Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:01:08 -0700

Postdoc position working on the "Runaway Greenhouse" with flexibility to take on other planetary atmosphere projects, based at University of Washington, Seattle - and working with me at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Applications would ideally be received by the end of July, but applications received until 12 August may still be considered. Contact Colin Goldblatt ( and Victoria Meadows ( with informal enquiries.


Postdoctoral position in planetary atmospheres and astrobiology.

The Astronomy department and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington, Seattle invites applications for a postdoctoral-level position in planetary atmospheres and astrobiology. The successful applicant will spend half of their time working on climate-modeling relevant to the  "runaway greenhouse" mechanism, which helps to define the inner edge of the habitable zone, and the remaining time working on a negotiated science project relevant to the larger science goals of the Virtual Planetary Laboratory Lead Team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute.  The successful applicant will work with Prof. Victoria Meadows, and consult with Dr. Colin Goldblatt at the University of Victoria.

A PhD in Atmospheric or Planetary science or a related field is required. Applicants should have a strong background in atmospheric science, with experience working on radiative transfer and/or climate modelling and excellent computer skills (experience with Linux, Fortran and Matlab is desirable). Existing publications in peer reviewed literature are highly desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. The position is for two years and may be extended if further funding becomes available.
Please send (1) a 2-page statement of past research, highlighting experience and interests compatible with the position; (2) a 2-page statement of interests and goals; (3) a curriculum vitae and bibliography; (4) the names and contact information for three people from whom we can request letters of recommendation after creating a short list.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted no later than 31st July 2011. Documents will be accepted electronically in PDF format sent to:, with subject line "Astrobiology (your name)". Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Victoria Meadows (
All participating institutions are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers.

Colin Goldblatt
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dept of Astronomy and Virtual Planetary Laboratory
University of Washington, Box 351580,
Seattle, WA 98195-1580, USA

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