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[Met-jobs] NSF-funded post-doc opportunity studying hurricanes and climate (Purdue University)

From Dan Chavas <>
Date Sun, 26 Jul 2020 21:53:26 -0400

NSF-funded post-doc opportunity studying hurricanes and climate (Purdue University)

The position: The Climate and Extreme Weather Laboratory in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at Purdue University, led by Prof. Dan Chavas, has one post-doctoral research scientist position available (start date flexible)The research project will tackle climate controls of hurricane landfall via the subtropical high using climate model experiments and observations. This position is fully funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grantThe candidate will also be given freedom to spend time pursuing novel scientific interests of their own on any topic.

Diversity: We explicitly and proudly seek to increase participation from underrepresented minorities (URM) in our field. Individuals from any URM group are especially encouraged to reach out to Dan (see “If you are interested" below) to learn more.

Research environment and career development: The candidate will work closely in a dynamic, team-oriented environment in the research lab of Prof. Dan Chavas at Purdue University and with external collaborators. S/he will also have numerous opportunities for career and professional development, including presenting at scientific conferences, publishing papers in major scientific journals, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and writing competitive scientific grants.

About our group: Society is vulnerable to a range of extreme weather phenomena, including hurricanes and tornadoes. We use observations, theory, and computer models to understand the underlying physics of these phenomena. Improved understanding will help us better predict their associated hazards that impact our world.

About Purdue EAPS: Purdue EAPS is a broad department with a large and vibrant young faculty conducting research across geology and geophysics, atmospheric and climate science, and planetary science, including planetary atmospheres. EAPS is a leader in the study of the dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere across scales and is actively developing a new research and teaching program in the area of climate and extreme weather. Moreover, Purdue University boasts one of the best collections of high-performance research computing systems in the country maintained by a strong and active computing support staff to serve all your computing needs. Purdue is also a world-class engineering school with strong interdisciplinary interests in the impacts of weather and climate on a wide range of economic sectors. Finally, Purdue is rapidly expanding a novel University-wide Data Science cluster.

Qualifications: The candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a closely related field or anticipate receiving their degree in the next 12 months. The candidate should have:
(1) Experience conducting research in atmospheric science or closely related field.
(2) Experience running and analyzing atmospheric numerical models.
(3) Proficient verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by published results and presentations.
Candidates with experience in climate modeling (particularly CESM) or large-scale dynamics and interests in linking large-scale dynamics to extreme weather are particularly encouraged to apply, though this is not a requirement.

If you are interested: Please email Dan Chavas ( for more information and/or to ask any questionsI’d love to hear about your background and interests and let you know more about myself, our group, and our department.

Formal application: Applications should be sent to Dan and must include:
(1) a statement of research experience and interests;
(2) a current CV; and
(3) a list of names and contact information for three referees.


Dan Chavas [He/Him]
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Purdue University
t: 773.936.4510; e:

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