Postdoctoral Research Associate, Climate Research Center

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA, US

Job Description:

The Climate System Research Center (CSRC, at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst serves to advance understanding of the nature and causes of climate change, and the effects that those changes have had on the environment. This research leads to a better understanding of how the climate system functions. Its mission emphasizes high quality climate research at an international level, the education and training of student scholars, and outreach to the public through interactions with the media and public lectures.

Overview: The CSRC seeks a postdoctoral scholar to develop, refine, and implement numerical models characterizing the land branch of the arctic hydrological cycle. The overarching goal of the research is to advance understanding of linked hydrological and biogeochemical processes including the timing and magnitude of terrestrial freshwater export. The research is part of a larger project supported by the National Science Foundation focused on changes occurring within lagoon complexes at the land-ocean interface in northern coastal Alaska. 

Specifically, we seek a scholar with interests in 1) coupling of intermediate scale and high-resolution models to simulate 3-D hydrological-biogeochemical fluxes within watersheds in northern Alaska; 2) improving model capabilities to account for dynamics controlling the generation/leaching of DOC and photo- and microbial processing in rivers. The successful candidate will engage the broader scientific community by publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, presenting results at conferences, and participating in working groups examining arctic water and carbon cycle dynamics. The appointment will be for 2 years with potential extension contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. in atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, ecology, hydrology, or related field.
  • Background in biogeochemistry or hydrology in the context of modeling and analysis.
  • Experience in development and application of hydrological/biogeochemical and/or land-surface models.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Fortran and C/C++.
  • Expertise in shell scripting and/or data languages used to analyze and interpret large spatial data sets (Matlab, R, Python).
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative environment and interact closely with other scientists and students working on related projects.
  • Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Skills: 

  • Experience developing or applying aquatic biogeochemical models and/or remote sensing data sets. 
  • Excellence as evidenced by publication of authored manuscripts in refereed journals and presentations at scholarly conferences. 

Additional Information:

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online by submitting a CV, a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests, and contact information for three references.

Review of applications begins May 1, 2018 and will continue until position is filled. Anticipated start date for the position is August 2018. Questions about the position may be addressed to [email protected] .