Data Assimilation Postdoctoral Position

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Data Assimilation Postdoctoral Position

Postby iurnus » Sat Jan 22, 2022 12:58 am

Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

Location: La Jolla, California

To apply: Send CV, cover letter, and three references to Luca Delle Monache (

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on February 11, 2022, and will continue to be considered
until the position is filled.

The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) focuses on understanding, observing, and
predicting extreme weather and water events to support effective policies and practices to improve
resilience in the Western U.S. CW3E carries out its goals with a diverse network of research and
operational partners at several other institutions across the U.S. and internationally. The new
hire will join a collaborative group of postdoctoral scholars and experienced researchers, faculty,
and staff at CW3E and Scripps.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a background in coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling or data
assimilation to help develop our regional coupled forecasting system based on the MITgcm and WRF.
The goal is improving prediction of landfalling atmospheric rivers and the associated extreme
weather and water events over the western U.S. at weather and subseasonal-to-seasonal scales.
Our aim is understanding the predictability of these events and potentially leveraging ocean forecast
skill to improve event forecasts. The successful candidate will work to develop and implement
data assimilation techniques for the coupled model based on a community data assimilation frameworks,
such as the Joint Effort for Data Assimilation Integration (JEDI). The candidate will work closely
with the team to understand how the coupled system can improve the forecast skill of high-impact weather
and water events.

Applicants should be self-motivated and have a Ph.D. degree (by their hiring date) in atmospheric science,
physical oceanography, climate science, or other relevant disciplines. Good written and verbal
communication skills, including the ability to produce scientific publications and presentations and
meet project milestones, are required. Programming experience working on high performance computing
platforms, along with experience using data assimilation systems is desirable. Applicants should be
comfortable working independently with large code libraries and databases, utilizing observations
for the atmosphere and the ocean, and producing visualizations as well as working within a team framework.

The University of California San Diego is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE).
Key cultural competencies include: 1) Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates
differences. 2) Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs,
behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds. 3) Seek opportunities to gain experience
working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change
for continual improvement. 4) Adhere to all of UCSD’s policies including the policies on Prohibited
Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

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.
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