Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University in cooperation with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) seeks a postdoctoral researcher or more senior position to conduct studies on the predictability of seasonal hydroclimate extremes. This position is a part of the Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) project, which is a proposed next-generation hazardous weather paradigm that utilizes probabilistic information as its foundation. FACETs will leverage physical and social science research to support a system that is modern, flexible, and designed to communicate clear and simple hazardous weather, water, and climate information to serve society. FACETs supports NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation initiative to build community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather, water, and climate events.

Under the supervision of Dr. Nat Johnson, the selected candidate is expected to leverage available observational and dynamical forecast model data to study the causes and predictability of hydroclimate extremes, including droughts, pluvials, and tropical cyclone impacts, over North America on seasonal timescales. The research will entail the analysis of retrospective seasonal forecasts from the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME), with a focus on determining the viability of developing probabilistic hazard outlooks for seasonal hydroclimate extremes.

The selected candidate will have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology, or a related field. Candidates with strong backgrounds in weather or climate prediction and the analysis of large datasets are preferred. Initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and available funding. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Complete applications, including cover letter, a curriculum vitae a publication list, and contact information for three references, should be submitted online to

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

posted: 29 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.