Postdoctoral-level position in Mesoscale Modeling
and Mountain Meteorology

A position at the postdoctoral level is available in the Earth Research Institute and the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The successful candidate will participate in a research project led by Professor Leila Carvalho ( The main goals of this project are: 1) understand synoptic-to-mesoscale mechanisms of downslope windstorms and extreme fire-weather regimes in Santa Barbara, 2) investigate probabilities of fire spread and fire-weather risk at the wildland-urban interface, 3) develop enhanced evacuation strategies using transportation and land use models. The candidate will be primarily involved in performing multi-year simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Research tasks will include testing and validating WRF simulations and integrating results with fire spread models and evacuation models.

The position is a full-time training program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the mentorship of Dr. Leila Carvalho. This position is full time and offers a competitive salary and benefits. The initial appointment is for one year. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The ideal starting date for the position is September 30, 2017. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

Basic qualifications: Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, or a closely related field, prior to the date of hire

Additional qualifications: Strong experience running the WRF model, Linux environment and programming skills. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential. Appointees should have experience working independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.

Preferred qualifications: Experience with IDL, Python, NCL, FORTRAN

Please log in to to submit your cover letter with qualifying research experience, a current CV, representative publications, and 3 letters of recommendation. For more information, please contact Dr. Leila Carvalho ( or 805-893-7351). For primary consideration, apply by 8/30/17.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

published: 03 August 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.