Post Doctoral Scholar – Tropical Cyclones

Penn State University


The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position investigating tropical cyclones in climate models. The successful candidate will conduct collaborative research supervised by Assistant Professors Anthony Didlake and Colin Zarzycki in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. The research project will investigate the physical processes, variability, and model representation of tropical cyclone evolution in a suite of high-resolution global Earth system models. Responsibilities will include identifying and extracting individual storm events from spatiotemporally continuous model data, developing novel techniques to evaluate simulations against reanalysis and observational datasets, leading peer-reviewed journal articles, and presenting results to scientists in the tropical cyclone community at conferences and workshops.

A Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a related discipline is required by the start date of employment. The initial term of the appointment is one year from the date of hire, with funding available for 6 additional months contingent on successful performance, and possibility of renewal beyond that pending available funding and satisfactory performance.

For full consideration, applicants must upload the following materials with their application: 1.) a cover letter including a statement of research interests, 2.) a CV, and 3.) names and contact information for three references. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received before December 17, 2021. Applicants from demographic groups underrepresented in the atmospheric sciences are especially encouraged to apply. For any questions, please contact Anthony Didlake ( and/or Colin Zarzycki (

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