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Post Doctoral Position – Evaluation of cloud property simulations in NCAR CAM model using ARM and satellite data

The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) is seeking a Research Faculty appointment at the Post-doctoral Scientist level. JCET is a Cooperative Agreement between the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to collaborate in research programs in the Earth, information, and instrumentation sciences. The successful candidate will work at UMBC in the Physics Building, located in Catonsville, Maryland. The initial appointment will be for 1 year period, with a possibility for extension of 1-2 years depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

A Postdoctoral Research Associate is sought to evaluate the simulations of warm liquid-phase cloud properties in NCAR’s Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) through comparisons with ground-based observations from DoE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program and NASA’s A-Train satellite constellation (e.g., CloudSat, CALIPSO and MODIS). Representative model evaluation activities may include: running global CAM simulations with emphasis on clouds under current and future climate scenarios, simulate satellite observations from CAM outputs using the online or offline COSP (CFMIP Observation Simulator Package) simulator, statistical comparison of CAM-COSP simulations with ARM and satellite cloud products. The incumbent will have opportunities to collaborate with experts from various disciplines at UMBC, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Requirements – The successful candidate should have a recent PhD degree in atmospheric sciences or physics with a strong background in cloud physics and microphysics. Preference will be given to candidates with experiences in GCM cloud simulations and cloud parameterization scheme development, as well as ability to handle large datasets from ARM and satellites for model evaluation. Familiarity with FORTRAN 90 and UNIX/Linux systems and parallel computing required. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. This position will be based at UMBC’s Physics Department and selection is contingent upon possessing appropriate visa status to meet requirements for employment.

For best consideration, submit electronically a cover letter indicating position UMBC-15-03, a complete curriculum vitae, and names and telephone numbers of three references by November 20, 2015 (application materials for this position will be accepted until position is filled) to: Danita Eichenlaub, (, Administrative Director, JCET, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Suite 320, 5523 Research Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21228. UMBC is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer.