[Met-jobs] UNC Charlotte - Two funded MS or PhD positions in climate model analysis
One position is for an NSF-funded project on the responses of large-scale tropical precipitation, circulation and cloud patterns to greenhouse and orbital forcing in an ensemble of idealized climate models. The student will use new energy-based diagnostics to understand the reasons for systematic disagreements between the models' rainfall predictions. Two years of research stipend and in-state tuition are funded, and the PI will be applying for more funding to follow. This would be appropriate for an MS or for (the start of) a PhD.
A second MS position has two years of stipend funded only, but is more flexible - the student could work on the above tropical precipitation project, or on a separate effort to understand why climate models fail to reproduce the observed upper-tropospheric Arctic amplification of global warming (with large potential consequences for midlatitude circulation and weather). This latter project will involve the parallel analysis of satellite microwave temperature sounding data and several different kinds of model simulations of temperature and winds over the satellite era. Another potential project could involve understanding why different metrics of land wetness or dryness are projected to evolve so differently in the future, using a range of model outputs and historical data.
Students with experience analyzing and plotting gridded datasets in Matlab, Python, R, or any similar environment, or with the desire to learn to do so, are particularly encouraged.
Jacob (Jack) Scheff
Assistant Professor, Geography & Earth Sciences
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