Climate and Risk Analysis Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Position Information

Position TitleClimate and Risk Analysis Postdoctoral Research Fellow
College/UnitCollege of Science and Engineering
Home DepartmentDepartment of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Employee GroupPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Employment StatusFull-Time
Position Type12 month
Position ClassificationPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Position Begin Date01/01/2023
Position End Date12/31/2023
Position SummaryThe Climate and Severe Weather research group at Central Michigan University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research on a project exploring current and future risk of hail and convective windstorms under human-induced climate change. This project will use extreme value analysis and statistical analysis under non-stationary frameworks. The project is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and will involve regular discussions to ensure the analysis is implementable for standards. Accordingly, experience with climate datasets, statistical analysis, high-performance computing is required, as is basic knowledge of severe convective storms and the environmental conditions that support their formation. Experience with risk analysis or engineering applications would be strong attributes for an applicant.The appointee is expected to carry out their research responsibilities with limited guidance. Mentoring of the appointee will be conducted according to NSF guidelines.Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.The expected starting date for the appointment is in January 2023. The appointment is for 12 months (renewable based on satisfactory performance and funding availability).
Required QualificationsPh.D. in Atmospheric Science or in a closely related field completed within the past 6 yearsExperience with climate datasets, statistical analysis, high-performance computingBasic knowledge of severe convective storms and the environmental conditions that support their formationAbility to perform the essential functions of the job with or withour reasonable accommodations
Preferred QualificationsExcellent writing and communication skills.Familiarity with risk analysis and engineering applications.Previous experience in the writing of scientific publications.
Message to ApplicantsCentral Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.The position is available immediately but applications will be accepted until the position are filled, with a preference given to those that can start in January 2023.You must apply online to be considered an applicant for this position. Applicants must upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.You may contact Professor John Allen with questions at
About the DepartmentThe Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, housed in the College of Science and Engineering, offers B.S. degrees in Meteorology, Geology, Environmental Science, and participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Earth and Ecosystems Science. The expertise of our faculty members spans research areas across the geosciences including mesoscale meteorology, climate science, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental modeling, Earth surface processes geochemistry, and geophysics. To learn more about the department, visit the departmental website.
Posting Begins12/06/2022
Posting Ends
Open Until FilledYes
Type of RecruitmentExternal
About CMUCentral Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
EEO StatementCMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see you wish to see “EEO is the Law” posters, please click here.CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:Phone: 989-774-3253Office: 103 E. Preston St.Bovee University Center, suite 306Mount Pleasant, MI 48858Email:

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