Postdoctoral Position in Extreme Precipitation
At the University of California, Davis
Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
seeks a postdoctoral scholar to be supervised by Prof. Richard
Prof. Paul Ullrich. A
candidate is expected to begin in Fall 2016.
postdoctoral scholar position is in conjunction with
Project Hyperion, a new and exciting multi-institutional
Department of Energy
project directed at nationwide stakeholder-driven regional climate
evaluation. In addition to
prospective candidates are expected to engage with water manager
related stakeholders to understand data needs. The project
outreach related to four river basins (Sacramento-San Joaquin,
Upper Colorado, Kissimmee,
and Susquehanna). The successful applicant will work on projects
below related to the simulation, synoptics, and dynamics of the
flow associated with extreme precipitation events in regions
across the US.
This project combines expertise in atmospheric synoptics, extreme
statistics, and climate modeling.
research focuses on the development of software for
extreme precipitation (PEx) detection and associated metrics.
include ETCCDI indices, 95% and 5% seasonal thresholds, fixed
return period. A major component of this research will be the
automated algorithms for PEx event detection and cause. The areas
of extreme precipitation
are first detected and then the causes of each area (frontal,
tropical cyclone, convection, etc.) are identified from large
scale patterns in
relevant variables. These large-scale patterns will be the
empirical statistical downscaling of PEx events.
These algorithms developed will be applied to
(primarily gridded and reanalysis datasets) and model output. The
may require implementation of some extreme value statistics as
preprocessing of the data.
A PhD in an atmospheric or closely related
required. Some programming experience is required (preferably
C/C++). Knowledge of atmospheric dynamics and atmospheric modeling
preferred. Also desired, but not required is experience with NCL,
with large datasets, and/or expertise in extreme value statistics.
Demonstrable written and verbal communication
also required, as the successful applicant is responsible for the
reports, journal articles and conference presentations and is
explore instructional activities and authorship of grants.
position is open
until filled. The initial appointment is for one year, with
funding available for
up to three years. Salary is commensurate with experience with an
range of $50,123 to $56,385. The
position includes vacation with supervisory approval and health
care benefits (which
includes family coverage). The
is covered by a collective bargaining unit.
consideration, a complete application packet should be submitted
September 2016. Applications should be submitted electronically to
Richard Grotjahn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the following:
A cover letter of
no more than 2 pages that outlines your interests and how they
relate to this
project. Include evidence of your experience and your expertise in
global atmospheric modeling, statistics, and computer programming.
your contact information, your educational experience and degrees,
your publications and presentations, and any other academic
TA experience) you feel is relevant. Publication lists with links
papers are desirable.
information for 3 references. The contact information should
mail address, telephone number(s), and email address for each
your graduate education. Preferred, but not required are
transcripts of undergraduate
education (such transcripts are especially useful if your computer
or meteorology coursework was mainly as an undergraduate).