[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc Opportunity: The global cycle of atmospheric kinetic energy

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Aug 31 09:41:20 MDT 2015

Job: Postdoc Opportunity: The global cycle of atmospheric kinetic energy

*Department: *DGE – Global Ecology

*Salary: *TBD Competitive Salary

*Location: *Stanford, CA

We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral researcher who can lead research
projects that contribute to a better understanding of the atmospheric cycle
of kinetic energy. We are interested in performing model simulations in
idealized model configurations (e.g., aquaplanet) to better understand the
global cycles of available potential energy (APE) and kinetic energy. We
are also interested in performing more “realistic” simulations aimed at
understanding geophysical limits to exploiting wind power in more
economically and technically relevant contexts.

We are interested in developing a fundamental understanding of the
efficiency of the atmospheric heat engine. Furthermore, we would like to
develop a better understanding of where and why APE is generated, APE is
converted to kinetic energy, and that kinetic energy is dissipated.

The successful candidate will play a major role in planning and executing
these investigations, working in a diverse group that will include climate
modelers, energy-system analysts, and field researchers. We are looking to
develop an exciting collegial atmosphere with a lot of personal freedom,
wherein each group member both leads research projects and collaborates on
projects led by others. Achievement in the area of scientific publication
is the primary filter determining which applications receive greater
consideration. We are flexible with regard to your specific domain of

The position is available now and will remain open until until filled; we
are flexible with regard to start dates. The initial term will be for one
year with the potential for renewal for a second year, up to a maximum of
four years with exceptional performance. The position will involve working
with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of
Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie Institution
post-docs have access to most Stanford facilities. Informal inquiries about
this position can be made by emailing Ken Caldeira at
kcaldeira at carnegiescience.edu, however applications for employment can be
considered only through the web pages reached by clicking on the blue bar

The Carnegie Institution is an equal-opportunity employer and does not
discriminate based on race, sex, age, physical condition, or country of
national origin.

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