Two Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions at the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

The Fire Weather Research Laboratory and Department of Meteorology and Climate Science are seeking applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions available starting August 2020.

Position 1: Wildfire Remote Sensing with a focus on fuel moisture algorithm development using satellite-based products.

The goal of the project is to develop improved tools for monitoring fuel moisture content of live woody and herbaceous fuels in California. The project will validate current techniques used and develop new live fuel moisture content (LFMC) tools to better assess fire danger using state-of-the-science remote sensing data sets. These tools will be developed using new high-resolution data from various satellite products eventually leading to a dataset and methodology to incorporate these tools into new fire behavior modeling systems. The post-doctoral position is part of the new Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) at SJSU and the candidate will interact regularly with the seven faculty associated with the WIRC. The position is available for up to two years based on satisfactory performance in the first year.

Salary Range: $75,000-$88,000

Position details and link for application portal (Job code is PostdocRS):

Position 2: Fire Weather Climatology and Reanalysis.

The goal of this position is to conduct analyses using a high-resolution 30-year Weather, Research and Forecasting (WRF) model output to better understand decadal trends in critical fire weather patterns associated with extreme fire danger in California, evaluate current fire weather indices and develop new index tools specific for utility management. The analyses will also be aimed at the seasonal to sub-seasonal predictability of fire weather conditions. The post-doctoral position is part of the new Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) at SJSU and the candidate will interact regularly with the seven faculty associated with the WIRC. The position is offered for one year initially, but is renewable for an additional year based on performance evaluation.

Salary Range: $75,000-$88,000

Position details and link for application portal (Job code is PostdocFW):

Applications are to be submitted here:

BENEFITS: The comprehensive benefit package includes: a) Ten Health Insurance Plans to choose from, under the umbrella of CalPERS b) Dental and vision coverages for employee and their eligible dependents at no cost to monthly cost to employee c) Paid Federal & State Holidays (13) d) Retirement Plan: features both a 403(b) Employee Deferred plan and a 403(b) employer-only contribution plan. e) Separate vacation accruals and sick leave hours accumulations. Page 3 of 4 6/9/2020 f) Paid Training and Conferences g) Pay for Performance annual process featuring increases, as appropriate Please visit to get more details.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply for this position, an applicant must submit a formal application for employment, as well as a resume and a cover letter. The applicant may do this via e-mail or by regular mail. The formal employment application is located at Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, all candidates must submit their application materials via Email at Please use job code PostdocFW/RS in the subject line.

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published: 25 June 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.