Post Doctoral Available on Regional Climate Modeling and Extreme Events

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March 18, 2016

The Division of Physical Sciences in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will join our faculty on a full-time basis for a twelve-month appointment. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year available pending review of performance in the first year.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is funded through the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence The successful applicant will engage in research on regional climate change and flood risk as part of a team lead by Prof. Eric Salathé including the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG). This project aims to direct basic research on regional climate change to support adaptation to current and future flood risk in Pacific Northwest communities. Specific project tasks include:

• Perform and analyze regional climate simulations using the WRF mesoscale atmospheric model and regional hydrologic simulations using the VIC hydrologic model.
• Work with stakeholders to develop actionable science to support adaptation and planning.
• Collaborate with other staff on data delivery and stakeholder support.
• With your knowledge of US climate-related resources and management issues you will interact with regional stakeholders and share your familiarity with western US regional climate change including climate dynamics and hydrologic processes.
• Write project reports and articles for publication.

Required Qualifications

Candidates for this position will hold a Doctorate earned within the last four years in Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering/Hydrology, or related discipline. Demonstrated experience with climate system modeling or climate model analysis; and advanced programming skills for climate and hydrologic modeling, data analysis, and visualization in a Linux environment (e.g. Matlab, IDL, C, Fortran, python). Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in research as described in the duties and responsibilities section above. The candidate must be committed to support and enhance learning for diverse populations and have experience and/or dedication to undergraduate education and research.

The Division of Physical Sciences includes faculty in Chemistry, Physics and Climate Science. The Chemistry major, which started in 2014, includes emphases on biochemistry and environmental chemistry. The Physics degree currently offers a minor and is developing a major anticipated to begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

The School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics combines all of the STEM fields in one academic area, allowing for cross-disciplinary training and project work. The School envisions being a leader in providing accessible, innovative, and effective education and research that promotes responsible engagement with our world and society. Our mission is to support and promote excellence in STEM research, scholarship, and education through commitment to our core values of collaboration, opportunity, rigor, and engagement. The School offers twelve undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees within its four Divisions of Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, Engineering and Mathematics, and Physical Sciences.

The University of Washington Bothell is the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington. We provide a leading-edge student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and staff dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,000 students. A majority of those students are first generation college attendees or are from underrepresented groups; approximately 92 percent are from Washington. Located in the Seattle metropolitan region, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.

UW Bothell has one of the most diverse student populations in Washington State: 64% of our incoming students are underrepresented minorities or first generation college attendees; 35% are Pell Grant eligible; 8% are international. We value engaged scholarship and experiential learning relevant to the diverse student populations and communities we serve.

Opportunity is a core value of the School of STEM. We believe that all students, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to succeed and become effective critical thinkers. Catalyzing the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. The School of STEM prepares professionals to work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals.

How to apply: Please submit a single electronic file to Professor Eric Salathé,, with the subject line “Research Associate nn17320 PSD – AGU.” The file should contain the following: a letter of application addressing your qualifications, a CV and contact information for three references. Start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled; complete applications received prior to April 8, 2016 will receive priority consideration.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

If you have a question about the details of this search/position please contact the hiring unit directly. For questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Thank you for your interest in this position at the University of Washington.

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