SAVANT Post-doc Job SAVANT: Stable Atmospheric Variability and Transport

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Climate and Atmospheric Science section pursues a program of basic
and applied research, monitoring, services, and outreach to address key
atmospheric issues of importance to Illinois, the Midwest, and the
nation. Areas of research include climate variability and change, how
hazardous weather events respond to climate variations, the impacts of
weather and climate events, air quality, cloud physics, storm-scale
(mesoscale) meteorology, and near-surface (boundary layer) weather. The
CAS is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the SAVANT (stable
atmospheric variability and transport) project. This position will
report to Dr. Junming Wang, Atmospheric Scientist and Principal

Primary function

Measure and analyze stable atmospheric variability and transport
(SAVANT), including cold drainage and converge flow processes in shallow
gullies and how the flows affect pollutant dispersion.

Major duties

Collect and analyze data from 3-D Doppler lidar (wind measurements), 3-D
aerosol lidar (pollutant dispersion measurements), airborne and ground
instruments (ground temperature, radiation, atmospheric thermodynamic
properties, and pollutant dispersion measurements), then answer the
following questions:

1.Under what mesoscale and microscale conditions (i.e. cloud cover,
threshold wind speed, surface cover, stability regime, background flow,
slope ratio and length, and gully volume) do converging flows exist?

2.What is the spatial and temporal scale of turbulence forced
oscillations and/or gravity waves generated by converging flows, and do
these and do these oscillations/gravity waves follow the linear theory
of internal gravity waves (IGW)?

3.How are aerosol dispersion and transport influenced by turbulence
forced oscillations and/or gravity waves generated from a converging flow?



PhD in atmospheric science, engineering, computer science, or a related


Required: A demonstrated record of writing and/or publishing of manuscripts.

Preferred: expertise in boundary layer processes, such as cold drainage
and converging flows in stable boundary layers; data analysis and
instrumentation experience.


Must have a strong background in atmospheric science, as well as
extensive programming skills.


Two years with annual contract contingent upon the funding availability
and performance.

Application deadline

Review of applications will begin 10-1-2018 and continue until the
position is filled.

Please send cover letter, CV and a list of three references to:

Dr. Junming Wang, Atmospheric Scientist

Illinois State Water Survey-Center for Atmospheric Sciences