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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in Atmospheric Kinetic Energy at Carnegie Institution for Science

From "Nantuna, Sharyn" <snantuna@carnegiescience.edu>
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Date Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:29:08 -0700

Postdoc Opportunity: Geophysical potential for wind power and the global cycle of atmospheric kinetic energy

Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford campus.

We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral researcher who can lead research projects that contribute to a better understanding of the atmospheric cycle of kinetic energy. We have done a study where momentum was removed from the atmosphere in a climate model, and in some cases the atmosphere responded by increasing net production of available potential energy. This can also be viewed in the context of added drag leading to an increase in the efficiency of the atmospheric heat engine. We are interested in performing model simulations in idealized model configurations (e.g., aquaplanet) to better understand the global cycles of available potential energy and kinetic energy. We are also interested in performing more “realistic” simulations aimed at understanding geophysical limits to exploiting wind power in more economically and technically relevant contexts.

The successful candidate will play a major role in planning and executing these investigations, working in a diverse group that will include climate modelers, energy-system analysts, and field researchers. We are looking to develop an exciting collegial atmosphere with a lot of personal freedom, wherein each group member both leads research projects and collaborates on projects led by others.

The position is available now and will remain open until September 2014 or until filled; we are flexible with regard to start dates. The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal for up to a maximum of four years. The position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution Dept. of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie Institution post-docs have access to most Stanford facilities. Interested potential postdocs should send an email to <globalecologyjob@gmail.com> with ‘[KE]’ in the subject line, containing (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a few sentences on research interests, and (3) the names and contact info for three references. (It is helpful if you also fill out this web form: https://hr.carnegiescience.edu/node/add/self-id-form/1234?destination=jobs%2F%5Bfield_job_req-raw%5D-3 )

Key factors in our hiring decisions will be intelligence, thoughtfulness, creativity, motivation, productivity, and a record of successful scientific or technical publication. We are flexible with regard to your domain of expertise. The Carnegie Institution is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, age, physical condition, or country of national origin.




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