May 2012
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[Met-jobs] JPL/Caltech postdoc position in clouds/climate

From "Kahn, Brian H (3243)" <>
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Date Fri, 11 May 2012 04:55:34 +0000

The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) Postdoctoral Scholars Program 
at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applicants for a postdoctoral research 
position in the remote sensing of clouds and other climate observables using a multi-
instrument combination of NASA and NOAA satellite platforms.  The successful 
applicants will join an active research team at JPL/CalTech that focuses on the use of 
satellite observations to quantify multi-decadal cloud trends using the High Resolution 
Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) and Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) 
instruments, and other NASA A-train and NOAA sensors.  The NASA and NOAA 
sounder and imager data are combined at the footprint/pixel scale to provide continuity 
between A-train and earlier NOAA sensors. This new data set will then be used to 
quantify multi-decadal changes in global cloud types and distributions, which will be 
useful as an observational constraint for climate models used in the IPCC assessments.

Familiarity with satellite radiances and geophysical retrieval products, and a strong 
background in data analysis is required, while familiarity with atmospheric modeling 
and/or model evaluation is desirable. Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in the 
atmospheric sciences or a closely related field. The appointments are contingent upon 
completion of the Ph.D. The annual starting salary for a recent Ph.D. is approximately 
$52,000 and can vary according to qualification.  Postdoctoral scholars positions are 
awarded initially for a one-year period.  Appointments may be renewed in one-year 
increments for a maximum of two additional years.

Applicants should submit (via e-mail) a curriculum vitae, a statement describing their 
research experience and interests, and the names, addresses, and e-mail contacts of 
three references to Brian Kahn ( and 
The California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are Equal 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.  Women, minorities, veterans, and 
disabled persons are encouraged to apply.   

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