Postdoctoral research position available at the University of Massachusetts (USA)

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Postdoctoral research position available at the University of Massachusetts (USA)

Michael Rawlins

Climate System Research Center

Department of Geosciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Postdoctoral Research Associate

in arctic hydrological-biogeochemical modeling

The Climate System Research Center (CSRC, at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst serves to advance understanding of the nature and causes of climate change, and the effects that those changes have had on the environment. This research leads to a better understanding of how the climate system functions. Its mission emphasizes high quality climate research at an international level, the education and training of student scholars, and outreach to the public through interactions with the media and public lectures.

Overview: The CSRC seeks a postdoctoral scholar to develop, refine, and implement numerical models characterizing the land branch of the arctic hydrological cycle. The overarching goal of the research is to advance understanding of linked hydrological and biogeochemical processes including the timing and magnitude of terrestrial freshwater export. The research is part of a larger project supported by the National Science Foundation focused on changes occurring within lagoon complexes at the land-ocean interface in northern coastal Alaska.

Specifically, we seek a scholar with interests in 1) coupling of intermediate scale and high-resolution models to simulate 3-D hydrological-biogeochemical fluxes within watersheds in northern Alaska; 2) improving model capabilities to account for dynamics controlling the generation/leaching of DOC and photo- and microbial processing in rivers. The successful candidate will engage the broader scientific community by publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, presenting results at conferences, and participating in working groups examining arctic water and carbon cycle dynamics. The appointment will be for 2 years with potential extension contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

Ph.D. in atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, ecology, hydrology, or related field.

Background in biogeochemistry or hydrology in the context of modeling and analysis.

Experience in development and application of hydrological/biogeochemical and/or land-surface models.

Demonstrated proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Fortran and C/C++.

Expertise in shell scripting and/or data languages used to analyze and interpret large spatial data sets (Matlab, R, Python).

Ability to work well in a collaborative environment and interact closely with other scientists and students working on related projects.

Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Skills:

Experience developing or applying aquatic biogeochemical models and/or remote sensing data sets.

Excellence as evidenced by publication of authored manuscripts in refereed journals and presentations at scholarly conferences.

Application Materials: Please apply by submitting a CV, a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests, and contact information for three references to the online ad at:

Review of applications begins May 1, 2018 and will continue until position is filled. Anticipated start date for the position is August 2018. Questions about the position may be addressed to r[hidden email] .

The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity educator and employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society.

Online application link:

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