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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:25:59 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...
Postdoc on clouds and deep palaeoclimate, University of Victoria,
British Columbia.

I’m seeking a postdoc to work on physically motivated, testable
hypotheses for how clouds will have changed Earth’s energy balance in
deep palaeoclimate problems. Here is the problem: the solar constant has
increased thirty percent over Earth history, but paradoxically, glacial
climates (like now) are somewhat rare. Many aspects of the
(palaeo)climate system were different: greenhouse gas inventories were
higher, surface pressure was different (but we don’t know how), ozone
only made an appearance half way though Earth’s lifetime and the planet
spun faster. A rather different energy budget is called for, with less
solar heating of the surface, more back-radiation, lower latent heat
flux and (one might guess) different tropospheric stability. Parameter
space exploration shows the leverage that clouds can have
(doi:10.5194/cp-7-203-2011), but now the time has come to study the
problem systematically in more capable models.

You have (or will soon have) a PhD in atmospheric science or similar,
with experience running general circulation models, cloud resolving
models or other useful tool to this problem. You want to work on a fun
problem that will make you think outside the box of modern climate. You
want to develop your own ideas about deep palaeoclimate, atmospheric
evolution or astrobiology (which you can have time to work on). Stipend
of $45,000 for a two-year term. Victoria is the provincial capital of
BC. Our campus is a 15 minute walk from the beach, in a beautiful
coastal/mountain environment in the Pacific Northwest.

Contact Colin Goldblatt (<>) to apply. Send a one page letter
about telling me why you are interested and what makes you qualified,
your CV and the contact details of two people who will write references
for you, all in one pdf file. Do this by April 6th for full
consideration (open until I find someone awesome!). Information on what
else happens in my group is at <>.​

Colin Goldblatt
Assistant Professor
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of Victoria, BC, Canada

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