Postdoctoral Research Associate At Western Water Assessment at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

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March 12, 2014

Western Water Assessment at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental SciencesThe Western Water Assessment at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) has an opening for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate, with a possibility of a second year. The research studies the role of climate variability and change as factors in ecosystem resilience and vulnerability in the North Central region, which includes the northern Great Plains and Rockies. The focus of the research will be on climatic drivers of evapotranspiration across spatial and temporal scales. The research will also support the study of drought and ecosystems in the region. The project is a partnership between PIs at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, and will entail collaboration with scientists at the USGS and the University Consortium of the North Central Climate Science Center. The position will require travel within the North Central region to work with ecosystem and climate adaptation researchers, as well as interacting with terrestrial and aquatic ecological management groups within the region. The post-doc will have the opportunity to build collaborations with project colleagues within CIRES, NOAA, NIDIS, and both the Western Water Assessment and the North Central Climate Science Center networks. The position will be located at NOAA/ESRL in Boulder, Colorado.

The successful candidate will conduct research in a highly applied context, working in an interdisciplinary team both to understand user needs and feed those needs into the climate science aspects of the project, and to apply the findings of climate science.

Position Responsibilities

– Work with climate model output (CMIP5), various downscaled climate products, and observational data to evaluate the water balance at spatial and temporal scales relevant to ecosystems in the region, particularly regarding the representation of climatic processes that drive changes in evapotranspiration.

– Collaborate with and support the work of NC-CSC funded ecological impacts projects in the use and interpretation of climate information, and contribute to the study of the climatic drivers of drought impacts in these projects.

– Work with researchers in the collaboration to better understand, and potentially improve, the treatment of evapotranspiration across time scales in ecological impacts models, with particular attention to the use of climate projections.

– Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to synthesis reports directed at ecosystem managers in the region, and make presentations at both scientific meetings and to stakeholder groups

– Travel to work with funded projects investigating climate adaptation in Southwest Colorado, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the Prairie Potholes regions, as well as to other meetings organized by the North Central Climate Science Center

Minimum Qualifications

– PhD in related field (including but not limited to Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology, Physical Geography, Ecology)

– Demonstrated expertise with climate science and familiarity with ecosystems and climate issues, especially in the Western U.S.

– Demonstrated ability to present and perform on a professional level through use of excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

– Demonstrated ability to work within an interdisciplinary team of researchers

– Presentation of papers at national or international scientific meetings. Publication of articles in refereed journals and in the non-academic literature is highly desired.

– Experience with interacting with stakeholders is highly desired

The position will be filled as a Research Associate in CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder, and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation per year. Screening will begin February 28, 2014 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

For further information, please contact Joe Barsugli (

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To Apply

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the required documents:

1- Cover Letter

2- CV including any publications, and salary history

3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)

4- Names and all contact information of three individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional qualifications.

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