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[Met-jobs] CIRES Research Associate ("Postdoctoral Scientist") - Interannual to Decadal Variability/Predictability - University of Colorado

From Matt Newman <>
Date Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:48:40 +0200

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the 
University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a Research Associate 
(“Postdoctoral Scientist”) to work in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory 
(ESRL) Physical Science Division (PSD) on studies examining interannual to 
decadal variability and predictability, both in the Arctic and within the 
global climate system. This is a two-year position (subject to renewal after 
the first year) based at NOAA/ESRL in Boulder, Colorado.

The position responsibilities include conducting both statistical analyses and 
modeling experiments aimed at improved understanding of processes driving 
interannual to decadal climate variability, with an emphasis on quantifying how 
interactions of these different processes provide and/or limit both 
predictability and realized forecast skill. Of particular interest is 
diagnosing two-way interactions between variations in different ocean basins, 
such as the tropical IndoPacific, the extratropical Pacific and Atlantic 
(notably including their western boundary currents), and the Arctic (including 
sea ice variations there); and how these ocean variations might lead to 
predictable changes in extratropical weather and climate and related extreme 
events. The candidate will diagnose both observations and global climate model 
(GCM) output, conduct GCM simulations, and employ other tools such as 
statistical and/or dynamical models of varying complexity. The position 
involves working with a team at CIRES/NOAAESRL and the Geophysical Fluid 
Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL); it is anticipated that the research will involve 
GFDL’s suite of climate models.

• PhD with detailed knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: 
atmospheric sciences, sea ice physics and dynamics, and physical oceanography.
• specific expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired: climate 
and geophysical fluid dynamics; climate diagnostics; climate models and their 
applications; and statistical methods.
• experience analyzing large datasets and model output
• ability to design and conduct model experiments is desirable
• conduct original research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and give 
presentations of research at science conferences
• knowledge of and experience with: analysis/graphics packages (e.g. NCL), 
geophysical data formats (NetCDF), programming language (Fortran), and 
operating systems (Linux/mac OSX)

For position details, see

Matt Newman
Research Scientist III
CIRES/University of Colorado 
(303) 497-6233

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