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[Met-jobs] Post-Doc in Fire Weather and Wildfire-Atmosphere Interactions

From Craig Clements <>
Date Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:00:33 -0800

Post-Doc position in Fire Weather and Wildfire-Atmosphere Interactions


Fire Weather Research Laboratory

Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

San José State University

San José, CA


The Fire Weather Research Laboratory at San José State University seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to lead an exciting field program designed to better understand wildfire-atmospheric interactions and fire behavior dynamics.  The position is funded by the National Science Foundation and is based in San Jose, California within the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science.


Project description: This position will require the candidate to design and lead a major field campaign to deploy and operate the California State University-Mobile Atmospheric Profiling System (CSU-MAPS) at active wildfires within the western United States. Therefore, there is considerable travel involved with this position. The research goal of the project is to better understand fire-atmosphere interactions. Key topics include: (1) to measure and quantify fire-induced circulations in the vicinity of fire fronts during both active wildfires and planned experimental fires using Doppler lidar; (2) quantify thermodynamic structure of wildland fire plumes and pyrocumulus development; (3) quantify liquid water content and moisture enhancement in wildfire plumes; (4) investigate the role of fire-induced turbulence on fire spread using in situ and remote sensing measurements.


Required skills: The candidate should be able to obtain fire-fighter qualifications including an Incident Qualification Card (Red Card) by passing the arduous pack test. The candidate must be able obtain a California Driver's License and pass an off-road driver’s test.  Expertise in data analysis and programming in MatLab and/or IDL is required. The candidate will be expected to present results at conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals. The position requires a Ph.D. in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science, Engineering, or a related field by the time of appointment.


Preferred skills: Experience with Doppler lidar, microwave profiler measurements, and micrometeorological instrumentation. In addition, experience in numerical modeling with coupled fire-atmosphere models will be a plus. Previous experience as a wildland firefighter, and/or extensive field experience, while not required, would be beneficial.


The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable for a second year dependent upon the candidate’s achievements and success.

Applications received by May 1, 2013 will be given full consideration. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2013. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, description of research experience, interests and plans, and the names of three referees with contact details (phone, email). 
Applications and further inquiries should be sent by email to Dr. Craig Clements ( 


Craig B. Clements, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Fire Weather Research Laboratory
Department of Meteorology and Climate Science
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0104

Phone: 408-924-5275

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