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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position in Regional Atmosphere-Land Interactions at UCLA

From Elease Lui Stemp <>
Date Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:38:34 -0800

The UCLA Center for Climate Science seeks a postdoctoral scholar to be supervised by Prof. Alex Hall and Dr. Naomi Goldenson, contributing to regional climate change research involving land-atmosphere interactions, as a part of a multi-disciplinary modeling team. The term would initially be for two years, but is renewable for at least one additional year, contingent on funding and satisfactory progress.


The postdoc will contribute to projects on drought that examine (1) future soil moisture, runoff and evapotranspiration changes in California and the Western U.S., and/or (2) future changes in the spatial extent and frequency of drought across this region. This position is unique in that it may include engagement with water managers and other regional stakeholders to the extent it is of interest to the successful candidate.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Science, or a related field (e.g. ecology, hydrology, math, stats), and experience using regional or global climate models. Coursework or publications specific to climate research is preferred, as is land surface modeling experience. The successful applicant will demonstrate independence in research, exceptional problem-solving skills, strong verbal and/or written communication, and the ability/desire to work effectively in a team. Strong programming skills (Python preferred) with emphasis on open-source, version control best-practices, documentation, and collaborative projects, or an inclination to learn these practices, are required. Finally, candidates should demonstrate interest in learning about both the relevant outstanding regional climate questions, and the process of informing research questions through stakeholder interactions.


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit (1) a statement of research interests and goals, no longer than one page, (2) a complete CV, including contact information for three references, and (3) a cover letter that discusses alignment with the mission of the Center for Climate Science. Efforts and interest in action around climate change, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion in STEM are especially welcome. These materials should be addressed to Ms. Elease Lui Stemp at Please identify the position in the subject header and mention where you saw this posting in the body of the email. Consideration of applications will begin in January 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The applicant should ideally be available to start by summer 2021. Initial work will be remote, with the possible need to relocate to Los Angeles as soon as fall 2021.


Benefits of working at the Center for Climate Science at UCLA:

We are a diverse and collaborative team of scientists, dedicated and mission-driven to improve regional resilience to climate change by producing and sharing impact-relevant climate data and analyses. Your efforts in support of this work will expedite our delivery of these important benefits for California and beyond.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please follow this link:


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