[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Position Estimating GHG Emissions Available at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Wilson, Anna anna-m-wilson at ucsd.edu
Mon Jul 11 12:04:56 MDT 2016

The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher in Forward chemical transport model-based methods for estimating GHG emissions in Southern California
Location: La Jolla, CA.

Deadline: Available immediately.  Applications will be considered until position is filled.  Preference will be given to applications received by 31 July 2016.

The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, (CW3E; cw3e.ucsd.edu) is a research and applications center established in 2013 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography by its Director, Dr. F. Martin Ralph.  CW3E focuses on the physical understanding, observations, weather predictions, seasonal outlooks and climate projections of extreme weather and water events to support effective policies and practices to improve resilience in the Western U.S.  Funding for this set of Postdoctoral positions is in place from several federal, state and local agencies, with a major emphasis on the unique science and applications needs associated with water supply and flood risk in the Western United States.  CW3E carries out its goals with a diverse network of research and operational partners at more than ten other institutions across the U.S.  Individuals will be joining a group of several existing Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and a number of experienced faculty, researchers and staff at Scripps who are involved with CW3E.

Per normal Postdoctoral appointment policies, all positions are envisioned as being initially for 1-year, with extension possible contingent upon performance and availability of funding.  The University of California, San Diego is an AA/EOE.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their resumes and a 1-page statement of relevant personal interests, goals, range of potential start dates and references.  These should be sent to the position coordinator (Dr. Andrew Martin; mc at ucsd.edu).

Applicants should have 0-2 years of Postdoctoral experience, or be nearing completion of their Ph.D. (estimated within 3 months), and be self-motivated and hard-working.  Good written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce scientific publications and presentations and meet project milestones are required.  Strong analytical backgrounds with a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, climate science, hydrology or environmental engineering is preferred.  Programming experience working in a Unix environment with experience in scripting languages such as Python, Perl, R and Matlab along with true programming language experience in C and Fortran is highly desired. Successful applicants should be comfortable independently working with large code libraries and producing novel visualizations.  Experience with GIS-based mapping tools is also desired.

Position Description:  Forward chemical transport model-based methods for estimating GHG emissions in Southern California (CW3E position coordinator – Dr.  Andrew Martin; mc at ucsd.edu)

CW3E seeks a Postdoctoral researcher to design, implement and validate a high-resolution forward chemical transport modeling system that can be fully integrated with inverse emissions estimates and directly compared to weather observations and in-situ trace gas measurements. Work will be conducted in collaboration with numerical weather prediction and trace atmospheric measurements experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

The selected candidate will collaborate with CW3E and other Scripps researchers on projects focusing on forward trace gas modeling with the WRF/CHEM regional chemical transport model, gas measurement network design and analysis, and forward model meteorology and gas concentration validation. Under the direction of project personnel, the successful candidate will develop a high-resolution WRF/CHEM configuration that accurately models trace gas accumulation, chemical change, transport, and removal (the forward modeling system), will analyze the suitability of trace gas measurements and the forward modeling system under challenging meteorological scenarios and will validate chemical and meteorological forecasts using direct measurements. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in inverse modeling studies for source quantification, for which inverse modeling experience may be valuable. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to present results at major conferences and will be expected to publish results in a peer-reviewed journal as first author.


Anna M. Wilson, Ph.D.
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)
University of California, San Diego
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Nierenberg Hall, Room 440
9500 Gilman Drive #0224
La Jolla, CA  92093-0224
anna-m-wilson at ucsd.edu<mailto:amw061 at ucsd.edu>
(858) 534-3327
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