2007 UCAR Postdoctoral and Visiting Scientist Program at the
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is recruiting
postdoctoral scientists and short-term senior visitors to work in
Princeton at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) as part
of the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI).
GFDL conducts fundamental and applied oceanic and atmospheric research
on a variety of problems of importance to society and central to NOAA’s
mission. These problems include global climate change; hurricane
prediction; modeling and prediction of El Nino and its influence on the
global atmosphere; atmospheric radiation, aerosol and cloud physics; sea
ice and land ice modeling; climate variability and prediction;
atmospheric chemistry; the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean, the
carbon cycle in the oceans and on land; and fundamental problems in
oceanic and atmospheric fluid dynamics of relevance to climate change.
GFDL is a world leader in global change research, specializing in the
modeling of the climate system. In the past several years GFDL has
developed a new generation of climate and Earth system models to support
its research for the coming decade, including new atmospheric, oceanic,
land, atmospheric chemistry, and oceanic biogeochemistry models which
are currently being enhanced and integrated into an interactive system
for studies of variability and change.
Some of these new postdoctoral positions may evolve into permanent civil
service hires as it expands its staff in the next several years.
Placement into permanent civil service positions will require additional
Areas of current interest include:
— Development of a numerical model of land-based ice sheets to be
incorporated into the Earth System Model. Modeling issues relevant to
climate change in high latitudes, including sea ice and Arctic ocean
— Studies of radiative forcing of climate, both natural and
anthropogenic; aerosol effects; and distributions, and related cloud
microphysical processes relevant for climate change. Studies of the
differences in equilibrium and transient responses to changes in
— Detection of climate change and the attribution of these changes to
human and natural causes, including extreme events and regional climate
— Sensitivity of midlatitude stormtracks and tropical storms to global
warming and their relation to natural variability on interannual and
decadal time scales.
— Modeling of regional climate change with high resolution global
atmospheric models and/or limited area atmospheric models.
— Atmospheric subgrid parameterizations and model development:
planetary boundary layer, moist convection, and middle atmospheric
gravity waves; stratospheric processes affecting climate variations and
— Studies of climate variability and predictability on interannual to
— Large-scale ocean dynamics and ocean circulation, and its effect on
the climate system and on climate variability. Studies of the ocean’s
role in climate and climate change. Ocean model development.
— Data assimilation, including ocean data assimilation, for climate
prediction and circulation studies.
— Modeling of land hydrology and biogeochemical cycles in the land and
ocean; the effect of climate change on the carbon, nitrogen, iron, and
silica cycles. Incorporation of tracers and biogeochemistry into the
Earth System model.
In addition to junior postdoctoral applicants, GFDL is looking for
senior visitors interested in the areas listed above, including visitors
from other climate change modeling centers interested in model
How to apply:
There is no application form. Send the following materials to the UCAR
Visiting Scientist Programs:
—Cover letter identifying this program
—Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in refereed journals
—Names and addresses of three references. It is the applicant’s
responsibility to contact the references and request that they submit
letters in support of your application to VSP.
—PhD thesis abstract for recent PhDs.
—Proposed project description, including a statement of relevance to
the CCRI. Proposal must be titled and not exceed three pages, including
references and figures.
Application deadlines are November 1 and April 15. Applications are
reviewed twice yearly by a steering committee and will not be reviewed
unless they are complete, including letters of reference.
Send applications and letters of reference to:
Meg Austin, Director
UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000 USA
You may send all this material electronically. For further information,
please call 303-497-8649, send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the VSP
website at: www.vsp.ucar.edu, or directly contact a member of GFDL’s
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