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Postdoc in Climate Dynamics
University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado
Date Posted 09/01/2020
Postdoctoral-Life Sciences
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary

The DiNezio Lab in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate. The DiNezio Lab is passionate about understanding and predicting changes in the Earth’s climate on timescales from seasons to millennia. We focus on the tropical oceans where natural and man-made changes have far-flung influences throughout the world. We explore the mechanism driving these climate fluctuations using complex and conceptual numerical models combined with historical and paleo observations. This process-based approach has allowed us to advance our ability to predict El Niño, La Niña, and long-term climate changes in the tropics. We strive to produce research with societal relevance, such as the prediction of climate fluctuations and extremes and associated risks while focusing on advancing our understanding of fundamental dynamics and physical processes. Recent efforts are geared towards formulating a new theory of El Niño and La Niña to explain the breakdown of their oscillatory behavior, establish the role of the tropical oceans in the future changes in the global carbon cycle, and studying how changes in the circulation in the Atlantic Ocean influence rainfall patterns over the global tropics.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder provides a world-class, interdisciplinary research and educational environment to examine the dynamical, physical, and chemical processes that occur in the atmosphere and ocean. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for observing, modeling, and understanding climate and global change.

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in a region having the greatest concentration of geophysical researchers in the nation and perhaps the world. The proximity of ATOC to this atmospheric and oceanic science excellence is the foundation of our unique philosophy and vision, which elevates our department to one of worldwide prominence. The guiding principle of ATOC is to be the focal point for atmospheric and oceanic science education and research training in this geographic region of world-renowned excellence. The University of Colorado, Boulder was ranked number one in atmospheric science in ShanghaiRanking's 2018, 2019, and 2020 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Postdoc will utilize a combination of new and existing numerical simulations performed with the Community Earth System Model to study the mechanisms whereby hemispheric forcings influence rainfall patterns over the global tropics. The research requires experience processing large model outputs, analyzing the dynamics of simulated climate phenomena, diagnosing physical processes, and interpreting paleoclimate data, particularly rainfall-sensitive proxies. The postdoctoral researcher will work as part of an interdisciplinary team with colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be Dynamic. Be Informed. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • The candidate should have, or be near to completing, a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, meteorology, physical oceanography, or a related field
  • Experience configuring, running, processing, and analyzing global climate simulations with the Community Earth System Model.

What You Will Need

  • Strong interest in climate dynamics and the study of past and future climate change.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact information for one (or more) reference who may be contacted, if needed, to provide a letter of recommendation

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu

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