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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Researchers with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Sun, 20 Dec 2015 20:17:50 +0000

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Postdoctoral Researchers
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey USA

Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to
4:00 p.m. (MST), Monday, 4 January 2016. Thereafter, applications will
be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs, in cooperation with NOAA’s
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is seeking applications for
Postdoctoral Researchers to study Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO). There
are two positions, (1) Study tropical convection and its variability in
newly developed GFDL climate models, and (2) Support a NOAA CPO-CVP
award entitled "Towards an improved understanding of the initiation and
propagation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation”.
Postdoctoral Researcher working with NOAA GFDL
The successful candidate will use process-oriented diagnostics to study
tropical convection and its variability such as the Madden Julian
Oscillation (MJO) in newly developed GFDL climate models (AM4/CM4). The
position is located at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
(GFDL), Princeton, New Jersey.

This candidate will also:
o Work with a team of scientists and software engineers to implement
process-oriented diagnostics into the existing workflow and use them to
evaluate the performance of the newly developed GFDL climate models
(AM4/CM4). Initial emphasis will be placed on tropical convection and
its variability such as the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO).
o The work will serve as a proof of concept for a number of other
diagnostic packages currently under development. The expectations are to
conduct various sensitivity experiments and budget/process analyses with
a goal to better understand the behaviors of the parameterized and
resolved convection, and its interactions with clouds, radiation, and
large-scale circulation in fully coupled GCMs.
o Under the supervision of the project’s PI, the incumbent will play a
lead role in publicizing the scientific findings by attending
conferences, workshops, and working group meetings, and by publishing in
peer-reviewed journal

Decision Making & Problem Solving
o This candidate will solve routine and difficult problems under the
supervision of the project’s PI,a team of university PI’s, and software
engineers, and
o Will be expected to interact closely with model developers at GFDL.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
o A thorough knowledge in tropical meteorology, tropical convection,
clouds, and their interactions with circulations and boundary layer
processes are required to perform the job.
o Good computer skills with experience in Fortran, Unix shell scripting
and analysis software tools such as Matlab, Grads, NCL.
o Ability to work independently in a scientific research environment.
o Good oral and written communication skills.
o Understanding of the methods and procedures for conducting scientific
research.
o Ability to travel as needed.

Education and Experience
o PhD in atmospheric or oceanic sciences, or a closely related field
Other Requirements
o This position is limited to candidates who have received their PhD’s
within the past five years.
o Extensive experiences in numerical modeling and coupled GCM process
analyses are preferred.
o Candidates should be highly self-motivated, and have a strong
background in tropical meteorology, tropical convection, clouds and
air-sea interaction.

Employees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
and subject to and covered by UCAR policies with respect to all
personnel matters. The selected candidate will receive a fixed annual
salary. Benefits include health and dental insurance, sick and annual
leave, paid holidays, mandatory participation in a retirement fund
(TIAA/CREF), and life insurance. We are not offering relocation, but
will support Visa's.
________________________________________

Postdoctoral Researcher working with NOAA GFDL in conjunction with UCLA/JPL

The successful candidate will support a NOAA CPO-CVP award co-led by
GFDL and UCLA entitled "Towards an improved understanding of the
initiation and propagation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation”. The
position is located at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
(GFDL), Princeton, New Jersey.

This candidate will also:
o Work with GFDL and UCLA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (UCLA/JPL)
scientists to conduct a thorough analysis of the MJO mechanisms
simulated by next generation GFDL climate model (CM4) and compare the
model results with observations and reanalysis products.
o Confront the model and observational results to existing MJO theories
to bridge the gap between simulations and understanding of the MJO
mechanisms.
o Conduct various numerical experiments to explore key aspects of model
physics important to simulated MJO characteristic with a goal to provide
robust understanding and improvement in GCM simulations of MJO.
o Will publish scientific papers/report and present the results of the
analysis of the models and observations to GFDL scientists, management,
and at conferences/workshops.

Decision Making & Problem Solving
o This candidate will solve routine and difficult problems under the
supervision of projects PI’s at GFDL, and
o Will work with a collaborative team of scientists at both GFDL and
UCLA/JPL.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
o A comprehensive knowledge of tropical meteorology, tropical
intraseasonal variability.
o Strong background in numerical modeling and numerical analysis are
required.
o Good computer skills with experience in Fortran, Unix shell scripting
and analysis software tools such as Matlab, Grads, NCL.
o Ability to work independently in a scientific research environment.
o Good oral and written communication skills.
o Understanding of the methods and procedures for conducting scientific
research.
o Ability to travel as needed.

Education and Experience
o PhD in atmospheric or oceanic sciences, or a closely related field

Other Requirements
o This position is limited to candidates who have received their PhD’s
within the past five years.
o Candidates should be highly self-motivated and have extensive
experience in numerical modeling and processing and analysis of large
datasets.

Employees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
are subject to and covered by UCAR policies with respect to all
personnel matters. The selected candidate will receive a fixed annual
salary. Benefits include health and dental insurance, sick and annual
leave, paid holidays, mandatory participation in a retirement fund
(TIAA/CREF), and life insurance. We are not offering relocation, but
will support Visa's.
Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to
4:00 p.m. (MST), Monday, 4 January 2016. Thereafter, applications will
be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Please visit the VSP website for application details.
<http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/opportunities/>

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EO/AAE who
values and encourages diversity in the workplace.




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