Postdoctoral Scholar in Arctic Amplification

University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

ID: 7114895
Posted: October 27, 2022

Job Description

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Arctic Amplification
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individuals Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

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

Position duration: Maximum Duration of Service in a Postdoctoral Title: 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 individuals 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.

Application Window

Open date: October 12, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 28, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position, Postdoctoral Scholar in Arctic Amplification, which will work under the direction of Professor Nicole Feldl. The postdoctoral scholar will engage in work that is part of a collaborative project funded by the Department of Energy that focuses on the role of warm moist air intrusions as a hypothesized driver of Arctic amplification. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct novel radiative-locking experiments in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) to elucidate how moisture intrusions promote water vapor and cloud feedbacks over the Arctic.

The selected candidate will ideally have training in atmospheric sciences; knowledge of extratropical dynamics and/or polar climate; and demonstrated experience modeling and coding, as well as working with large, complex datasets. Applicants with expertise in running and configuring global climate models, such as CESM, E3SM, or another state-of-the-art Earth system model are strongly encouraged to apply.

The postdoctoral scholar will join a vigorous research team coordinated by Professor Nicole Feldl of the University of California, Santa Cruz and Professor Hansi Singh of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, Canada, with additional collaborators from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UCSC is a highly interdisciplinary environment comprising ~25 faculty with expertise across many components of the Earth System, including climate dynamics, clouds and cloud-aerosol interactions, terrestrial and marine biogeochemical cycles, land surface processes, the cryosphere and sea level change, and planetary atmospheres. UCSC 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.

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
See additional qualifications.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in atmospheric, ocean, or earth sciences; physics; mathematics; or a related discipline.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your research experience, qualifications, and interest in the position.
Reference requirements
3-4 required (contact information only)
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSCs confidentiality statement at
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