We're hiring! Two-Year DOE-Funded Postdoc Position in Climate Model Downscaling

The Persad Aero-Climate Group at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking a highly organized and enthusiastic early career climate scientist for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position starting January 2023. The Postdoctoral Researcher will lead development of climate datasets under the new Southeast Texas Urban Integrated Field Lab (SETx-IFL) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers at multiple Texas universities and at DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as with stakeholder groups across Southeast Texas.

 

The position has an anticipated start date of early January 2023 and is expected to be 2 years in duration. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong background in the downscaling and bias-correction of global climate model data for local applications. Core goals of the SETx-IFL project include equitable co-development of scientific outcomes with stakeholders and broadened participation of underrepresented faculty and student groups in science and engineering to undertake community engagement in culturally and ethically appropriate ways. We seek applicants who have a demonstrated ability to contribute to this mission.

 

The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is committed to fostering a diverse community and to providing an equitable and enriching educational and research experience. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have access to mentorship, networking, and professional development resources offered through the Jackson School for Geosciences and the University of Texas. The Jackson School’s standard Postdoctoral Researcher annual salary rate is $65,000.

 

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervising PI, Dr. Geeta Persad, directly at geeta.persad@jsg.utexas.edu.

 

Applications will be considered beginning November 21st and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates should submit: 1) a Resume/CV, 2) contact information for 3 academic references, and 3) a letter of interest detailing how the candidate satisfies required and preferred qualifications and their ability to fulfill the position responsibilities. Applications should be submitted via the University of Texas at Austin Jobs Portal.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop statistically downscaled and bias-corrected climate projection datasets for the Southeast Texas (Beaumont-Port Arthur) region based on publicly available high-resolution climate model datasets and observations.

  • Coordinate with hydrologic and air quality modelers to supply the climate projection datasets as inputs to hydrologic and air quality models.

  • Present methodology and outcomes to collaborators in other disciplines and to stakeholders.

  • Lead 1-2 peer-reviewed publications on downscaling and bias-correction techniques and/or projected climate impacts on the Southeast Texas region, with scope for the Postdoctoral Researcher to define areas of research interest within those topics.

  • Train a graduate student in generation and application of the climate projection datasets.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in atmospheric science, climate science, or a related field received less than 5 years prior to date of hire.

  • Prior research experience with statistical downscaling and bias-correction of climate projection data.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Strong written and oral presentation skills.

  • Prior experience working on multi-disciplinary projects and engaging with diverse stakeholders.

  • Prior experience mentoring graduate or undergraduate students.

  • Demonstrated interest in or ability to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Occasional weekend, overtime and evening work to meet deadlines

  • Occasional interstate or intrastate travel

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • Contact information for 3 academic references

  • Letter of interest detailing how the candidate satisfies required and preferred qualifications and their ability to fulfill the position responsibilities

Persad Aero-Climate Group
@ UT Austin