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[Met-jobs] Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in West Coast Climate Extremes

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in West Coast Climate Extremes

Farallon Institute, Petaluma, CA


Position description


The Farallon Institute in Petaluma, California ( seeks a postdoctoral researcher who will lead an innovative analysis focused on changes in the frequency and magnitude of extreme climate events in western North America and the northeastern Pacific Ocean.  Data from simulations of a suite of general circulation models run as part of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) will be utilized to develop proxies of hypoxia, acidification, drought, heat waves, and harmful algal blooms.  Characteristics of these events will be examined under various atmospheric conditions.  The project associated with this research position is part of a collaborative effort among the Farallon Institute, the University of Arizona, and the NOAA Southwest and Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Centers.  This position is in Petaluma, California.  Travel to partner laboratories in Monterey, California; Tucson, Arizona; and/or Honolulu, Hawaii will be expected.


General duties and responsibilities


The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for utilizing the CMIP6 data to assess characteristics of climate extremes.  Through dialogue and guidance from an interdisciplinary team of ecosystem scientists, the postdoc will develop proxies of these extreme events.  The researcher will also examine biases in the mean conditions and in distributions of extremes as simulated by the suite of climate models; explore changes in mean conditions in response to external forcing; assess potential shifts in the seasonal cycle of key ecosystem properties; and characterize changes in extreme events.  The large-scale atmospheric processes stimulating such events will be considered. The researcher will lead at least one publication in a peer-review journal on the results of these analysis.




Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, or a closely related filed.  The successful applicant will have previous experience manipulating massive model and observational datasets (preferably those associated with the CMIP effort) and research interests in large-scale oceanographic, atmospheric, and ecologic anomalies.  Programming fluency and familiarity with quantitative analyses of model output, model-data comparisons, and statistical assessments are required.  Understanding of the basin-scale oceanographic and atmospheric dynamics that influence anomalies at seasonal to interannual scales is also preferred.  Candidates should have demonstrated written and oral communication skills, be able to work independently, and be able to work with an interdisciplinary team of oceanographers, ecologists, and atmospheric scientists that collaborate remotely.  Candidate should be able to work in an open office environment and alongside office dogs.




The expected start data of the position is December 1st, 2019. To apply, send a cover letter highlighting research accomplishments and interests, a CV, and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Marisol García-Reyes at by September 30th.

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