Permafrost Post-Doc Research Associate

Boulder, CO
Mar 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

CIRES/NSIDC RA: Post-Doctoral Associate

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC),, part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, serves as a national information and referral center in support of snow and ice research. Our mission is to make fundamental contributions to cryospheric science and excel in managing data and disseminating information in order to advance understanding of the Earth system.


The Post Doctoral Associate (Post Doc) will perform cutting-edge research into modeling the global terrestrial carbon cycle, with a strong emphasis on the strength, timing, and uncertainty of the Permafrost Carbon Feedback. The Permafrost Carbon Feedback is the amplification of surface warming due to the thaw, decay, and ultimate release into the atmosphere of carbon currently frozen in the Arctic permafrost. The Post Doc will perform multiple regional and global simulations on the University of Colorado supercomputer in support of several multi-model comparison projects. The simulations include paleoclimate reconstructions, evaluations of current conditions, and projections driven by IPCC scenarios. The Post doc will develop and improve model capabilities including, but not limited to methane production in wetlands, dynamic vegetation, dissolved organic carbon, carbon isotopes, snow processes, and permafrost dynamics. The postdoc will develop benchmarks to evaluate model performance and incorporate them into International Land Model Benchmarking (ILAMB). The Post Doc will work with multiple projects, including the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), the Permafrost Carbon Network (PCN), Multi-Scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Inter-comparison Project, and Paleo-Ecological Observatory Network (PalEON). The Post Doc will write papers documenting research results, present results at meetings, help write research proposals, and participate in various working groups involving the broader scientific community. This position is a three-year appointment. The Post Doc reports to the project Principal Investigator.


The Post Doc duties include:

Running multiple simulations on the CU supercomputer

Developing new model capabilities

Developing benchmarks to evaluate model performance

Writing scientific papers and proposals

The successful applicant will engage the broader scientific community by presenting results at conferences and participating in working groups focusing on improving land surface models. The Post Doc will participate in and help write new research proposals to expand their research beyond the three-year term of this position.



Completed Ph.D. in atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, ecology, or related field

Experience working with land surface models

Background in either biogeochemistry, permafrost, or land surface modeling

Excellent oral and written communications skills

    Programming experience, preferably using Fortran and Python Experience with Unix or Linux

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 -One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10080 - Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 3, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00675447


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