A postdoctoral researcher is sought to collaborate on the mechanisms for the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) response to climate change. This is part of a larger collaborative project in the Stevenson group at UC Santa Barbara, designed to reduce uncertainty in future projections of 21st century ENSO behavior. The postdoc will have primary responsibility for the design and implementation of model experiments with the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) to isolate the effects of changes in mean climate on ENSO, with particular attention to tropical instability wave (TIW) dynamics. Part of the project will also involve the development of a new suite of metrics to evaluate the accuracy of TIW representation in coupled climate models. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to provide co-mentorship of PhD and masters students involved with other aspects of the project, as well as contributing to ongoing E3SM ensemble development efforts at UCSB.

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 a closely 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 research experience in climate dynamics, physical oceanography, or tropical atmosphere/ocean processes*

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

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

Document requirements

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

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/JPF02436

Help contact: rustiebeal@ucsb.edu

Campus Information

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs With Updated Interim Amendments (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/VaccinationProgramsPolicy). All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2 (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/VaccinationProgramsPolicy#page=44), Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/VaccinationProgramsPolicy#page=13) for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/VaccinationProgramsPolicy#page=51). (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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: Fall 2023

Position duration: Initial appointment is for 2 years

Application Window

Open date: February 25, 2023

Next review date: Saturday, Apr 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. Position description