Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department)

Indiana University-Bloomington

Bloomington, IN, USA 🇺🇸

Position Details

TitlePostdoctoral Research Fellow
Appointment StatusNon-Tenure Track
DepartmentIU Bloomington Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Position SummaryThe Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Indiana University Bloomington seeks a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with compelling ideas for advancing understanding of the effects of climate variability and change on weather phenomena that impact human systems and/or the hydrologic cycle (e.g., coastal fog, atmospheric rivers, frontal systems, tropical cyclones, mesoscale convection, etc.).
The position also has numerous opportunities for collaboration, both within Indiana University (e.g., with other atmospheric science faculty in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department and researchers in the Environmental Resilience Institute) and with collaborators at a variety of universities and national laboratories (e.g., with the CASCADE Scientific Focus Area). The position includes free access to substantial high-performance computing resources available to researchers at IU. Additionally, the position comes with funding for attending multiple scientific conferences, workshops, and/or career development events.

Sample Research Questions of Interest to Prof. O’Brien:

●        How do co-occurring weather phenomena (e.g., atmospheric rivers and mesoscale convective systems) differ from the same phenomena occurring in isolation?
●        What are the most important factors that govern the spatiotemporal pattern of atmospheric river occurrence, moisture transport, and precipitation?
●        How does the frequency of synoptic disturbances relate to the frequency of coastal fog, and will this change in a warming climate?
●        How do changes in climate forcings affect precipitation in different weather phenomena and as a whole?

Primary Job Expectations:

●        Lead two peer reviewed publications each year and contribute to others
●        Conduct innovative research on the effects of climate variability and change on weather phenomena
●        Communicate findings via oral or poster presentation at national and international workshops Secondary Job Characteristics (negotiable):

●        Mentor undergraduate and/or graduate student researchers
●        Produce or contribute to open-source data analysis codes
●        Produce or contribute to community datasets
●        Contribute to science outreach and communication efforts
Basic QualificationsA Ph.D. in Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related discipline is required prior to start date.

Department Contact for QuestionsDr. Travis O’Brien, [email protected]
Additional QualificationsThe successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency in developing custom code for analyzing large climate-related datasets using modern open-source programming languages (e.g., Python, Julia, C++, etc.). The successful candidate will have the ability to identify cutting-edge areas of research related to the effects of climate variability and change on weather phenomena, strong evidence of an ability to communicate research via peer-reviewed publications, the ability to be productive in independent work and productive in a collaborative environment, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
Salary and Rank50,000-60,000
Special InstructionsApplicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least 3 professional references to Questions and inquiries for additional information should be directed to Dr. Travis O’Brien at  [email protected]
For Best Consideration Date08/21/2022
Expected Start Date10/01/2022
OAA #22207-10

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  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
  3. List Of References

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