Postdoctoral Research Opportunity at CIRES, University of Colorado

University of Colorado

We seek a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research on the
physics of the lower Arctic atmosphere as part of the upcoming
Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate
(MOSAiC) campaign. (

Under MOSAiC, our group will deploy personnel to the Arctic Ocean on the
Polarstern icebreaker between February and August 2020. During these
deployments, researchers will operate a suite of unmanned aerial systems
(UAS) to observe the atmospheric boundary layer and key quantities
related to the surface energy budget. Research questions we plan to
address with this project focus on the impact of varying sea ice
thickness on surface fluxes and boundary layer structure, the role
of leads in modifying the boundary layer and clouds, and the seasonal
evolution of spatial variability in surface radiative fluxes as driven
by variable sea ice and snow conditions. The successful applicant will
take part in a roughly 3-month field deployment on the Polarstern during
which time they will assist and conduct both fixed wing and rotorcraft
UAS flights. After this field campaign the postdoctoral research
associate will be expected to conduct original research on the topics
above, both independently and as part of the larger MOSAiC team,
ultimately resulting in the publication and presentation of results.

Required qualifications for this position include:
• A PhD in Atmospheric Science or a related field.
• Previous lead author publications in the peer reviewed scientific
• Ability and willingness to work in a remote (high Arctic) research
environment for 3 months.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Additionally desired qualifications include:
• Familiarity with atmospheric boundary layer research.
• A background in Arctic atmospheric research.
• Experience using unmanned aircraft.
• Experience analyzing observational data from a variety of sources.
• Strong computational skills (e.g. Python, Matlab, NCAR command
language, IDL).

To apply, please follow the link above for instructions. If you have
any questions about the position, please contact Gijs de Boer
( <>) and John
Cassano ( <>).


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all
that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and
encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented
racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans,
LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help
us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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