Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to participate on a NASA-funded project to understand the role of soil moisture in controlling carbon and energy fluxes. The position will be based at the University of Michigan in the Climate and Space Science and Engineering department, and the postdoctoral researcher will work jointly with Professor Allison Steiner and Professor Gretchen Keppel-Aleks. The project will use recently acquired data from the Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) satellite to investigate the coupling of water and carbon, as limited by soil moisture, in the global climate system, with a specific focus on the temperate-to-boreal transition region of the Northern Hemisphere. The project will use global climate model (the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM)) with SMAP satellite-derived data to investigate model simulations of root zone soil moisture, including its role on the spatial and seasonal variations of soil moisture and surface fluxes.
Expertise is required in one or more of the following areas: atmospheric science, land surface hydrology, ecosystem science, or other aspects of environmental science and engineering. Applicants should have demonstrated quantitative skills and a successful publication record. Programming experience with a global climate model is required, with preference towards experience with the NCAR CESM and the NCAR land surface model (Community Land Model).
The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility for extension to a second year. Please send a C.V., a cover letter detailing research interests, and the names of three references to Allison Steiner, firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Ph.D. in atmospheric science, land surface hydrology, ecosystem science or other aspects of environmental science and engineering
Programming experience with a global climate model
Data visualization experience with NCL, IDL or Matlab
Strong publication record
Experience with the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM)
Experience with the NCAR Community Land Model (CLM)
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