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Earth and Planetary Sciences: Climate Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar (Application deadline 11/15/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open September 1st, 2020 through Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Dynamics, under the direction of Professor Nicole Feldl. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct theoretical and computational studies of the changing global climate and atmospheric circulation. Research will investigate the relationship among circulation, clouds, and the hydrologic cycle across a range of time scales with a preferred focus on tropical and/or midlatitude dynamics. Project specifics will depend on the skills and interests of the successful applicant and may include such topics as the Hadley circulation, Intertropical Convergence Zone, and storm tracks.

A strong foundational background in atmospheric science is required, with expertise in large-scale atmospheric or climate dynamics. Applicants with computational fluency in global climate models, such as the Community Earth System Model or the Isca idealized modeling framework, and experience analyzing large datasets in high-performance computing environments are strongly encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will include designing, running, and analyzing numerical experiments; developing conceptual models and theories to improve process-level understanding; leading hypothesis-driven publications; and presenting findings at conferences and seminars.

The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Santa Cruz is a highly interdisciplinary environment comprising ~25 faculty with expertise across many components of the Earth System, including atmospheric physics, land surface processes, climate dynamics, terrestrial and marine biogeochemical cycles, ice sheets, and planetary atmospheres. UC Santa Cruz is a world-leading public research university that sits on two thousand acres of redwood-forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay with one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education. The University of California is known for offering competitive retirement savings, health and family benefits, and has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, starting at $60,000. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Atmospheric, Ocean, or Earth Sciences; Physics; Mathematics; or a related discipline.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs, and should be forwarded to Professor Nicole Feldl at

Please refer to Position # JPF00927-21T in all correspondence.

Required Documents/Materials

  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List of 3-4 references that includes their contact information; only references of those applicants who are under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • Research proposal: Your proposal should clearly articulate what you propose to research at UC Santa Cruz during a two-year period and be not more than three pages (12 font size, single spaced, including figures and references).

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 15, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

Job location

Santa Cruz, California