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Postdoctoral Researcher
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Posted 05/14/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202100422AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 2
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $57,000 to $59,000
Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf .

Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/06/2021
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University is a large academic and research department in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. We currently have nineteen faculty members, eighty graduate students, over seventy full-time researchers and postdoctoral fellows, and an outstanding and dedicated support staff, that comprise one of the most research-active units at the university. The department conducts more than $14M in externally sponsored research each year and is nationally ranked near the top of its field.

The Barnes Research Group is comprised of highly motivated researchers passionate about climate variability and change and the data analysis tools used to understand it. Areas of active research include earth system predictability, subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) prediction, climate dynamics, climate change and sustainability, and explainable AI for earth system research.

Position Summary

The individual in this position will perform research in the exciting area of climate science and explainable AI. Specifically, this position will explore cutting-edge data science methods for interpreting, evaluating and utilizing climate model output for better understanding of the changing Earth system and its predictability across subseasonal-to-decadal (S2D) timescales. The position will largely focus on exploring, developing, and applying interpretable/explainable machine learning (ML) methods for this task. The Barnes Group is a world leader in the exploration of novel uses of data science for Earth system research and will support the successful candidate in contributing to this emerging field. For this reason, we are looking for earth scientists and the position does not require prior experience with machine learning.

This is an exciting, high-impact position at the forefront of data science for Earth system research and will provide exceptional opportunities for a motivated researcher to push the boundaries of data science for climate science applications. The postdoctoral position will interact with and support graduate students and early career researchers, especially from the Barnes group, but also other research groups across the Atmospheric Science Department.

This position will report directly to Prof. Elizabeth Barnes and will be a part of a vibrant community of climate scientists both within the Barnes Group, the Atmospheric Science Department, Colorado State University, and collaborators at the Program for Climate Model Diagnostics and Intercomparison (PCMDI) within the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Required Job Qualifications

●A Ph.D. in climate science or a related earth-science field
●Demonstrated experience performing data analysis with earth science data
●Demonstrated experience working with complex, large data sets
●Demonstrated experience writing and publishing scientific results
●Strong oral and written communication skills
●Publication record commensurate with experience
●Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Preferred Job Qualifications

●Demonstrated experience applying data science techniques (e.g. machine learning) to earth science data sets in the form of research or coursework
●Familiarity with CMIP3/5/6 climate model output

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research and analysis

This position will be responsible for the following duties as part of the research and analysis function:
●Serve as a prominent researcher within the Barnes group by conducting substantive scientific research at the intersection of climate science and explainable AI
●Explore, develop and utilize approaches for analyzing climate model output and observations to better understand the changing Earth system and its predictability
●Develop solutions to complex problems, understand the results and recommend research strategies
●Solve research questions by incorporating relevant new ideas, techniques and developments
●Interact with members of the Barnes group and PCMDI collaborators by supporting their research, including how to apply data science techniques to climate data

Percentage of time:
●Conduct original and collaborative research – 65%
●Interact with and support other members of the Barnes group and collaborators – 15%

Percentage Of Time 80
Job Duty Category Publication and presentation of research results

This position will be expected to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journal articles and project reports. The position will also be expected to prepare and present the research results at relevant meetings, conferences and seminars. This position will also review proposals and research papers for agencies and journals. Specifically, this category involves:
●Determining the concept for publications of research results
●Preparation of manuscripts and scientific graphics for publications and sponsor reports
●Selecting research results, preparing, and giving presentations at relevant conferences and seminars

Percentage of time:
●Publication and presentation of results – 15%
●Support writing project reports – 2%
●Review proposals and papers – 3%

Percentage Of Time 20

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and three professional references. In your cover letter, please address each of the required and preferred qualifications.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Heather Packard - heather.packard@colostate.edu
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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