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Assistant Specialist in Regional Climate Modeling

Recruitment Period

Open June 7th, 2013 through August 15th, 2013
If you apply to this recruitment by August 15th, 2013, you will have until August 30th, 2013 to complete your application.


Assistant Specialist (postdoctoral-level position) in

Regional Climate Modeling

A position at the postdoctoral level is available in the Earth Research Institute and the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The successful candidate will participate in a research project in the Climate Variations and Changes (CLIVAC) research group lead by Professor Leila Carvalho (http://clivac.eri.ucsb.edu). The main goal of the project is to advance our current understanding of climate processes on regional-to-continental scales and how they affect the water balance in the High Asia Mountains. The project focuses on the present climate and employs multiple sources of data (e.g., in-situ, reanalysis and satellite data) and regional models to investigate multiannual-to-decadal variations in winter westerly disturbances (WD), Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) and their impacts on rainfall, snow and runoff variability in the Himalayas.
The candidate will be involved in performing multi-year simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Research tasks may include testing and validating WRF simulations and integrating results with high resolution hydrological models over the Himalayas. Applicants need to have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, or a closely related field, prior to the date of hire. The successful applicant should have strong experience with the WRF model, Linux environment and programming skills. Experience with IDL is highly desirable. The selected candidate will also have demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
The position is full time and offers a competitive salary ($40,116-45,732/year commensurate with experience) and benefits. The initial appointment is for one year beginning as soon as September 1, 2013; continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding.

Please log in to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu to submit your cover letter describing your research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and representative publications. For more information, please contact Dr. Leila M. V. Carvalho (leila@eri.ucsb.edu).

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.

An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.




2-3 letters of reference required