A Postdoctoral researcher is sought to collaborate on simulating the effect of midlatitude air-sea interactions on the properties of Pacific decadal climate variability (PDV). This is part of a multi-institutional collaborative research project with PIs at UCSB, Brown University, and the University of Colorado, with a focus on improving understanding of high-resolution Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension (KOE) dynamics and its contribution to PDV in coupled climate models. The Postdoctoral scholar will have primary responsibility for the generation and analysis of new simulations with the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) in the variable-resolution configuration, to isolate the role of increased resolution in the KOE region in affecting both PDV and precipitation in western North America. The Postdoc scholar will work closely with Dr. Samatha Stevenson-Michener. They will also lead research in the atmosphere and climate dynamics responsible for these effects, in collaboration with other project team members. More information on this project can be found here: www.pdv-tools.org

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for 2 years with the potential for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD program (or equivalent) except the dissertation in atmosphere / ocean sciences or related discipline, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PHD in Atmosphere/Ocean Sciences or related discipline

Preferred qualifications

  • 3-6 months minimum research experience in climate dynamics, tropical/midlatitude interactions, and/or midlatitude atmospheric dynamics

  • 3-6 months experience working in supercomputing environments (Linux/Unix)

  • 3-6 months experience running coupled climate simulations (CESM, E3SM, or similar)

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide the name and email address for each reference. The references of the top finalists may be contacted following the interview process.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02431

Help contact: rustiebeal@ucsb.edu

Application Window

*Open date: *February 25, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html) set the minimum pay based on prior months of postdoc service (both domestic and international) before the start of appointment. See Table 23 (https://ap.ucsb.edu/compensation.and.benefits/ucsb.salary.scales/23.pdf) and 23N (Hourly) (https://ap.ucsb.edu/compensation.and.benefits/ucsb.salary.scales/23N.pdf) for experience level minimums. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $60,000- $71,952. Salaries that are higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience level minimum, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: Summer 2023

Position duration: Initial appointment is for 2 years