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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position at UW-Madison in Desai Ecometeorology Lab

From Ankur Desai <>
Date Thu, 26 Jul 2018 12:38:09 -0500

The Desai Ecometeorology Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a post-doctoral scholar interested in advancing the science of land-atmosphere interactions and supporting an exciting new NSF field experiment, The Chequamegon Heterogeneous Ecosystem Energy-balance Study Enabled by a High-density Extensive Array of Detectors (CHEESEHEAD19), in Northern Wisconsin. In this two-year position available immediately, the post-doctoral scholar, under mentoring of Prof. Ankur Desai and the CHEESHEAD PIs, will conduct independent research on feedbacks between surface heterogeneity and the atmosphere with high-density (20 tower) eddy covariance flux tower observations, in situ ground based remote sensing and LiDAR , large eddy simulation (LES), hyperspectral airborne remote sensing, and/or advance flux processing and scaling methods. Additionally, the scholar will assist in logistics for the CHEESEHEAD19 campaign including residence during the summer 2019 (3-4 months) at a UW field station in Northern Wisconsin.

Additional information about CHEESHEAD19 can be found at: and with recent media coverage at:

A Ph.D. is required by time of appointment. Required qualifications include familiarity with eddy covariance flux towers, boundary-layer meteorology, and time series data analysis. Strong written and oral communication skills are required. We seek someone with interest in coordinating a multi-national science and instrumentation team, conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary research, and mentoring teams of students in fieldwork or assisting in field based outreach with K-12 students. Desirable qualifications include prior experience managing, running, or processing and quality control of high-frequency data from flux tower sites, running or analyzing output from LES, experience with high-performance computing in Unix based operating systems and scientific computing languages (R, Python, Matlab, IDL), vegetation biometry, or supervision of student research.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key part a major field experiment, with significant potential for high-impact publication and visibility of your research. Our lab places a strong emphasis on post-doctoral mentoring, career and leadership development, and recruitment of diverse candidates, especially of underrepresented groups. Madison, Wisconsin is regularly rated as one of the best places to live in the country and Northern Wisconsin field stations are located within beautiful forested, lakeside cabins. The University provides all academic staff with a full range of benefits and competitive salary. Computing resources, office space, lab facilities are available in both locations.
First consideration will be made for applications received by August 17, but all submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Start date is negotiable, but we prefer someone who can start by October. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to Ankur Desai,

Ankur R Desai, Professor
Dept of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin - Madison @profdesai
O: +1-608-520-0305 / M: +1-608-218-4208

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