Postdoctoral Scholar or Research Assistant Professor

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State has an open postdoctoral position or research assistant professor position available as part of the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport - America (ACT-America) mission depending on the candidates qualifications. ACT America is a NASA-funded, multi-institutional, Earth Venture Suborbital mission whose goal is to quantify and reduce uncertainty in our understanding of greenhouse gas fluxes and transport. The successful candidate will analyze aircraft data spanning the eastern U.S. and four seasons with an ensemble numerical modeling system incorporating uncertainties in atmospheric transport and greenhouse gas fluxes. Collaboration with students and research scientists spanning multiple universities, federal labs, and NASA research centers is expected.

A qualified postdoctoral candidate should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: carbon cycle science, ensemble modeling and data assimilation, inverse methods, boundary layer meteorology and aircraft data analyses. Strong communications skills, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field are required.

To qualify for a research assistant professor position the successful candidate should have the same qualifications, but also have at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience. The ability to contribute to research and data management, and to assist project graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is beneficial.

The initial appointments are for one year, with strong potential for continued support. The positions are available beginning 1 September, 2018, and will remain open until filled. The salaries will be commensurate with experience, and will comply with Pennsylvania State University guidelines.

To apply, please upload a current CV, a cover letter, the names and addresses of three references, and a brief statement of research interests and long-term goals. Applications received by 30 August will receive full consideration.

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posted: 08 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.