3 positions, South American paleoclimate research, New York, USA

Multiple positions are available in South American paleoclimate research at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), USA.

Description

Three jobs are offered in the research group of Prof. Mathias Vuille in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) at the University at Albany.

The positions are funded by the National Science Foundation and successful applicants are expected to collaborate in an international project focused on climate reconstruction over tropical South America, combining proxies (natural archives such as tree rings and speleothems), observations, and climate model results for the past millennium.

The project, which spans five years, is in collaboration with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and with partner institutions in Brazil (University of Sao Paulo and University Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro) and Argentina (IANIGLA, Mendoza).

More information on the project is available here: http://www.albany.edu/news/81709.php?source=image

About the department

The Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany, is an internationally recognized leader in atmospheric and climate science, with 20 faculty members focusing on past, present and future climate change. For more information about the Department, please visit the website: http://www.albany.edu/atmos/indexmain.php

1) Project Manager

The project manager will be in charge of running day-to-day operations, web and data management, maintain project presence through social media, coordinate efforts among research partners in the US, Brazil and Argentina, organize annual project meetings, summer schools, project-related events on SUNY campuses and liaise with an external advisory board. This is a 50% position, initially for one year, but renewable for up to 5 years. Preferred start date is 1 January 2018.

Preferred qualifications:
(1) BSc or MSc in climate or environmental science or similar field
(2) experience with web development, programming and data management
(3) outstanding organizational skills
(4) Fluency in either Spanish or Portuguese, while not required, is an additional plus.

To apply, please send a letter of application, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Prof. Mathias Vuille: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) Postdoctoral Fellow

A fully funded Postdoctoral Position is available, with anticipated start date of 1 January 2018. The applicant will contribute to the development of a spatiotemporal climate reconstruction over tropical South American for the last millennium, combing proxy data (primarily tree rings and speleothem records) with simulations from last millennium model runs.

The successful candidate will have:
(1) a PhD in a relevant discipline (climate dynamics, paleoclimate)
(2) experience working with numerical models and proxy archives
(3) strong computational, statistical and programming skills (Matlab, R or Python)
(4) good communication and collaboration skills
(5) willingness to contribute to outreach, capacity building, student mentoring and educational activities that form an integral part of the project
(6) ability to work in a team environment and collaborate closely with project partners at LDEO, Univ. Sao Paulo, Univ. Federal Fluminense, and IANIGLA.

Occasional travel to South America is required. The position is initially for one year, but renewable for up to five years.

To apply, please send a letter of application, a current CV with list of publications, and the names and contact information of three references to Prof. Mathias Vuille: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3) PhD Student

A fully funded PhD position (for up to five years) is available in Dr. Vuille’s research group. The student is expected to work on a topic related to climate reconstruction in tropical South America, such as analyzing the sensitivity of the South American monsoon to external forcing (solar, volcanic); exploring past climatic extremes and their impacts on ancient societies in South America; or better constraining future projections over South America with proxy reconstructions and Last Millennium simulations.

The ideal candidate should have some experience with programing and working with large data sets, a solid background in multivariate statistics and a good understanding of the use of proxies in paleoclimate studies. The student is expected to collaborate and interact with colleagues at other institutions in the US, Brazil and/or Argentina. Willingness to travel, good quantitative and computing skills are essential.

Interested students should contact Prof. Mathias Vuille: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To apply students must go through the University Graduate Admissions Office.

Deadline for applications that will receive priority review is 15 January 2018, although later applications will still be considered. More information about the DAES graduate program is available here: http://www.albany.edu/atmos/atmospheric-environmental-sciences-graduate-programs.php

Further information

Interested applicants in any of these positions can obtain more information by contacting Mathias Vuille, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany, SUNY, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, USA. Phone: +1 518 442-4472; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/mathias