Post-Doc in Chemistry-Climate Modelling, Lauder, New Zealand

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March 17, 2013

Position: Post-Doc in Chemistry-Climate Modelling

NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric ResearchJob Description
NIWA is New Zealand’s leading environmental research institute and key provider of atmospheric, freshwater, and marine research and consultancy services in New Zealand.

We have an exciting fixed-term opening for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the team based at Lauder. You will help develop a state-of-the-art chemistry-climate model in order to investigate the role of ozone in New Zealand and Southern Hemisphere climate change. This will require you to conduct century-scale simulations, analyze the results, and summarize the findings in the international peer-reviewed literature. You will use observations made at Lauder and elsewhere to validate the model. Your simulations will contribute towards understanding the roles of different climate drivers, particularly long-lived greenhouse gases and ozone depletion and recovery, in Southern-Hemisphere climate change. You will interact with project partners at NIWA Wellington, the University of Canterbury at Christchurch, the Australian Antarctic Division and with the international chemistry-climate modelling community.

As a good team player, you will enjoy working with the Lauder group and the other project members. You will also enjoy living in a rural New Zealand environment. Lauder is located on the scenic South Island of New Zealand. Its surroundings offer great recreational potential, including major lakes and the skiing hub Queenstown.

The position is limited to 31 months in duration, starting on or before Thursday, 1 August 2013.

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With a PhD degree, completed before the start of the position, in meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry, physics, mathematics, or a related field, you will have:

– Experience in global climate, chemistry-climate, or chemistry-transport modelling
– Experience in modern analytical methods used with global climate datasets
– An excellent background in computing (Windows, UNIX, FORTRAN, and a scripting language such as IDL are essential)
– A proven ability to publish scientific papers in international, peer-reviewed journals
– Strong communication skills and good proficiency in the English language

Experience with the Unified Model, atmospheric chemistry, regional climate modelling, or ocean modelling would be an advantage.

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