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Postdoctoral Scholar-Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 09/18/2020
Postdoctoral-Earth Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Overview

Organization: Atmospheric Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar-Atmospheric Sciences

Position Details

Position Description

The Marine Cloud Brightening Project in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington is seeking Postdoctoral Scholars to undertake global and regional modeling studies to explore environmental impacts of cloud brightening from deliberate injections of sea-salt aerosol into the marine environment. We are especially interested in candidates who have experience in one or more of the following areas: numerical modeling, climate dynamics, aerosol-cloud interactions, cloud or aerosol physics, observationally-based model evaluation.

The Marine Cloud Brightening (MCB) Project is a research program studying interventions to cool climate through increasing the reflection of sunlight from clouds and the effects of aerosol particles on clouds and climate. Led by Professor Robert Wood in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the UW, the MCB Project is a collaboration of over 25 researchers from the University of Washington, Palo Alto Research Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other institutions. Mentors/Advisors for this position could include any of the UW MCB project members (Wood, Rasch and Doherty) or other faculty in the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and carry out climate model experiments in which aerosols are introduced into various cloud regimes of the marine boundary layer environment to explore impacts on the planet’s circulation features (near and far field impacts on clouds, winds, precipitation, ocean circulation and mixing, etc).
  • Compare the simulated cloud fields to observed clean and polluted clouds, and higher resolution (cloud resolving and large eddy simulations), and conduct analyses to elucidate the source of model deficiencies in accurate cloud field representation.
  • Collaborate with colleagues at other institutions conducting similar studies to evaluate the impact of changes in low marine clouds on atmosphere/ocean/sea-ice features (including teleconnections).
  • Work with scientists in the Marine Cloud Brightening project at the University of Washington and collaborating institutions to use regional and global models to identify possible experimental strategies for future outdoor testing of marine cloud brightening over the ocean.

These are twelve month appointments at 100% FTE with the opportunity to extend to a second year subject to approval and availability of funding. A Postdoctoral Scholar is an academic appointment that requires evidence of a conferred PhD by the appointment start date and candidates cannot exceed five years of Postdoctoral experience prior to the end of an appointment.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate in atmospheric sciences or closely related field (at the time of appointment) and a background in cloud-related research.

It is preferred that candidates have: experience with atmospheric modeling global, regional or smaller scales; experience with analysis of observational datasets, particularly those required for forcing and testing cloud-resolving models; and have a strong programming background and verbal and written communication skills.


To apply, please submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter outlining current research accomplishments and a statement of how your experience meets the requirements for the postdoctoral position.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for two professional references.
  • Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

For questions about the positions, please contact Professor Robert Wood (robwood2@uw.edu) by email. For questions about potential disability accommodation during the application process, please contact the UW's Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or dso@uw.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

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