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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position in Optical Turbulence Modeling

From Sukanta Basu <>
Date Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:47:22 -0500

Dear Colleagues,

Please forward the following postdoctoral position advertisement to the potential candidates.


Sukanta Basu
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

The Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) at North Carolina State University seeks a postdoctoral research scholar to join a multi-university collaborative project on optical turbulence. This project will provide a better understanding of optical propagation in deep turbulence and long-range (order of ~100 km) atmospheric paths. The outcomes of this project will have implications for a variety of fields, including laser communications, remote sensing, imaging, target tracking and designation, and high-energy laser (HEL) beam projection for directed energy applications. Anticipated areas of responsibility for the postdoctoral research scholar include: (1) performing state-of-the-art mesoscale and large-eddy simulations of optical turbulence, (2) analyzing a diverse suite of observational datasets (e.g., scintillometer, lidar, sodar), (3) developing new methodologies for the estimation of the refractive index structure parameter (Cn2) from modeled data, (4) presenting research results at various meetings, conferences, and workshops, (5) publishing in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, and (6) mentoring several graduate students working on the same project.

The candidate should have: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field; in-depth understanding of boundary-layer meteorology and atmospheric turbulence; working experience with large-scale atmospheric models (e.g., WRF, ARPS) and/or computational fluid dynamics codes (e.g., FLUENT, OpenFOAM); strong communication skills; and ability to work productively in a research team.

It is also desirable if the candidate has: some understanding of large-eddy simulation (LES); coding experience with Fortran and Matlab/Octave; and working knowledge of parallel computing and volume visualization.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The initial appointment will last for two years with the possibility of renewal for additional years contingent upon the postdoctoral research scholar's overall performance and availability of funding.

The job application website is:

The candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Sukanta Basu ( for any questions regarding this postdoctoral research scholar position.

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