PhD Research Position

Dr. Esther Mullens, Department of Geography, university of Florida is seeking a PhD student, for a Spring or Fall 2022 start, for the NSF-Funded project entitled “Thermodynamic Modification of Winter Storms” . The research will apply high-resolution regional climate models and/or new model output to examine mixed-phase winter storms in a warmer climate. We will examine the evolution of historically occurring mixed-phase winter (ice) storms, thermodynamically modified by climate change, and to disaggregate them into characteristic synoptic evolutions. Output from this work is intended to improve our understanding of multi-phase winter weather systems in warmer climates, and to produce information and products relevant to researchers and decision-makers for which freezing precipitation is of particular concern. The PhD student will have the opportunity to attend conferences, publish papers, and mentor undergraduate and precollegiate students.


Required Skills

  • A Master’s degree in Meteorology, Geography, or related areas, with a focus on atmospheric science, climate science, and/or applied computer programming
  • Experience using R, Python, NCL or similar, and a Linux/UNIX environment.
  • Good written and oral communication

Desirable Skills

  • One or more peer-reviewed publications in the discipline, or evidence of presentations/dissemination of work at regional-national conferences or workshops.
  • Use of large datasets, including output from weather and/or climate models
  • Ability to apply machine learning techniques or other advanced statistics to data analysis
  • Experience in high-performance computing (e.g., supercomputer).

Diversity and Inclusion

Elevating the careers of underrepresented scholars is extremely important to me, and so I strongly encourage those who are minorities within the academic community to apply.

Application Due dates
Spring (contact me)
Fall (December 1 2021)

For more information

All prospective applicants – please email Dr. Esther Mullens, For more information about me, please see Dr Mullens is housed at the Department of Geography, a vibrant and collegial community of researchers, students, and educators studying diverse sets of problems related to the Earth sciences. For more about us, please see For more about Gainesville Florida, see

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