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Assistant Specialist in Madden-Julian Oscillation

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 1st, 2013
Last review date: September 1st, 2013
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: September 1st, 2013
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.


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 with Dr. Charles Jones (http://clivac.eri.ucsb.edu). The main goal of this project is to advance our understanding of the influence of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) on the predictability of extreme precipitation in the contiguous United States. The candidate will be involved in diagnostic analyses and predictability experiments with regional (WRF) and global models.

Applicants need to have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, or a closely related field, prior to the date of hire. Previous experience with the WRF model and/or global models is highly desirable. Candidates need to have strong experience with Linux environment and programming skills (e.g., IDL). The selected candidate will also have 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. The primary consideration date for this position is July 27, 2013; thereafter open until filled.

Please log in to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply 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. Charles Jones (cjones@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.

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More information about this recruitment: http://clivac.eri.ucsb.edu




2-3 letters of reference required