Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
Jul 08, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton: Research the contribution of individual sources and sinks to atmospheric methane variability through mathematical modeling. We seek an enthusiastic and energetic postdoctoral researcher to enhance the atmospheric chemistry modeling capabilities of the GFDL Earth System Model version 4 (ESM4) to represent the global methane cycle and to apply the model in conjunction with a suite of observations (ground-based, satellite, airborne) to improve estimates of the global methane budget. Specifically, the individual will incorporate a representation of stable carbon and hydrogen isotopes in the chemical mechanism to simulate the isotopic composition of atmospheric methane. The scientist will leverage observations of methane isotopic composition together with ESM4 model simulations to provide improved constraints on the global methane budget, and to analyze the roles of individual sources and sinks in driving methane variability on decadal to centennial timescales. The individual will work with Drs. Vaishali Naik and Larry W. Horowitz in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate group at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in collaboration with GFDL's Biogeochemistry, Ecosystems, and Climate Group. The individual will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of related research at Princeton University and other NOAA labs, including the Earth System Research Laboratory. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, earth sciences, applied math, or chemical sciences within three years of the starting date for the appointment. Training in atmospheric chemistry is strongly preferred. Strong modeling, quantitative, and/or statistical skills, and a working knowledge of the processes governing the global methane cycle are essential. Postdoctoral appointments are initially for one year, with renewal for subsequent years based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. A competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants must submit applications online, consisting of a vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references who will provide letters of support. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.