CIRES/NOAA PSL Post-Doctoral Associates in Diagnosing ENSO Teleconnections in Observations and Models

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking two post-doctoral associates.

 

Date posted

Apr. 13, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

June 13, 2021 12:00 am

Organization

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado

Location

  • United States

Job description

CIRES/NOAA PSL Post-Doctoral Associates in Diagnosing ENSO Teleconnections in Observations and Models

Requisition Number: 29531
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time
Date Posted: 06-Apr-2021

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking two post-doctoral associates to work at the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL).
 
The Post-Doctoral Associates will examine issues involving El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) teleconnections, including the synoptic evolution of the “atmospheric bridge” (the mechanism through which ENSO communicates with the North Pacific Ocean) the ENSO “westward shift” in climate models, and its impact on ENSO teleconnections, and how both may bear upon seasonal climate forecasts.
 
The two hires will perform research in the following areas:
  1. Diagnosis of the atmospheric bridge on synoptic (i.e., weather) time scales, including its impact upon predictability. This research will examine how ENSO drives atmospheric and oceanic anomalies in the North Pacific on synoptic time scales, using both model and observational datasets. Key components of this analysis may include an assessment of model fidelity in capturing this process and an evaluation of atmospheric bridge synoptic impacts on the prediction of anomalies along the west coast of North America. Possible bridge feedbacks on the atmosphere may also be explored.
  2. Diagnosis of the causes and impacts of the “westward shift” model error in ENSO simulation and prediction. This research will examine the development of the westward ENSO model error in the tropics and its subsequent impact upon ENSO global teleconnections, both observed and predicted, including impacts upon land precipitation and coastal marine conditions. This may include an analysis of observational and model heat budgets in the western tropical Pacific, diagnosis of the atmospheric dynamical response to ENSO simulation errors within a hierarchy of models, and evaluation of the relationship between these ENSO errors and the development of model forecast error.
This is a joint project, so specific research topics will depend upon candidates’ qualifications and interests. The candidates need not be specialists in all aspects of the problem but should be willing to learn and to show initiative.
 
The candidates should have excellent technical and communication skills and be comfortable working in a team environment.


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.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct research relevant to the missions of NOAA, PSL, and its partners to improve understanding of ENSO teleconnections, ENSO model and prediction error, and how they both affect/are affected by the atmospheric bridge.
  • Work collaboratively with a research team, including colleagues at NOAA and academic institutions.
  • Effectively convey research through reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and oral presentations.

Required

  • Ph.D. in physical science, applied math, and/or data science.

For more details

https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/CIRES-NOAA-PSL-Post-Doctoral-Associates-in-Diagnosing-ENSO-Teleconnections-in-Observations-and-Models/29531