Postdoctoral Position: Paleoclimate Reconstruction

The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Paleoclimate Reconstruction. The successful candidate will join a group of researchers from Penn State, UC Riverside, U. Arizona, U. Washington and U. Michigan striving to develop novel insights into Earth’s climate system through the development and application of data assimilation techniques in deep time, and through quantitative assessment of those factors that affect the integrity of the climate proxy record, with a primary focus on the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum event, 56 million years ago. The project is funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation and is one component of a larger initiative to advance deep-time climate science through the development of new modeling approaches. The initial appointment period will be12 months from the effective date of employment with the possibility of renewal. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided. Although the postdoctoral scholar will be based at Penn State, opportunities exist for extended stays at the partner institutions.

The Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and houses internationally recognized research programs spanning a broad spectrum of Earth Science disciplines. The Department is closely tied to the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and the Institute for Computation and Data Science at Penn State. Penn State is located in central Pennsylvania, with easy access to major metropolitan areas, and is surrounded by state forests providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geosciences or a related field by the effective date of employment. The ideal candidate will have a background in quantitative climate science, (paleo)oceanography, and/or data assimilation, including competency in modeling and programming in Matlab, R, Python, Fortran or another programming language. Applications must be submitted online and include the following: (i) cover letter describing your background and interest in the project, (ii)a complete curriculum vitae, (iii) a diversity statement which shows a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in your department/workplace and (iv) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Appointment may begin as early as July 1, 2021. For further information contact Prof. Lee Kump,

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences relies on the expertise, sensitivity and commitment of an inclusive postdoctoral cohort to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

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