Postdoctoral Position on Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences – Northern Arizona University

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October 23, 2012

The Northern Arizona University, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability is in need of a Postdoctoral Scholar.

Job Description
Northern Arizona University seeks a Post-Doctoral Scholar to join an interdisciplinary group working to improve global estimates of land-atmosphere carbon exchange by combining the observational constraints within the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Flux Project with new “bottom-up” a priori surface flux estimates derived from the Multi-Scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Intercomparison Project (MsTMIP). The Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for:

(1) Creating land-surface input products for the CMS-Flux system using the multi-model ensemble from MsTMIP; and

(2) Evaluating the consistency of the MsTMIP land-surface models with atmospheric CO2 observations using a geostatistical framework.

The successful candidate will work closely with collaborators at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Model Synthesis and Thematic Data Center (MAST-DC) to archive and disseminate the a priori input products created as part of this effort.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on improving land-atmosphere carbon flux estimates across continental and global scales, and will be a regular member of the research staff of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University.

The appointment is for one-year and is funded by NASA.

Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis according to the terms of ABOR Policy 6-310, “Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service”, which may be found at:

Please include a cover letter outlining scientific background and qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references with the standard application.

Send your application materials to via email to and apply online through NAU’s HR site ( under staff openings using the job ID 559364.

Additional Salary Information: Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.


Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Forestry, Engineering, or related field.

Preferred qualifications:

1) Experience with land-atmospheric carbon flux modeling; 2) Strong quantitative and statistical skills, including spatial and multivariate statistics, Matlab or R, and error analysis; 3) Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research; 4) A record of publication; and 5) Availability as soon as possible.

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