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Climate Dynamics Postdoc

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Climate Dynamics PostDoctoral Associate!

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) provides a world-class, interdisciplinary research and educational environment to examine the dynamical, physical, and chemical processes that occur in the atmosphere and ocean. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for observing, modeling, and understanding climate and global change.

Research in the DiNezio Lab, a group within ATOC, is passionate about understanding and predicting changes in the Earth’s climate on timescales from seasons to millennia. We focus on the tropical oceans where natural and human-made changes have far-flung influences throughout the world. We explore the mechanism driving these climate fluctuations using complex and conceptual numerical models combined with historical and paleo observations. This process-based approach has allowed us to advance our ability to predict El Niño, La Niña, and long-term climate changes in the tropics. We strive to produce research with societal relevance, such as the prediction of climate fluctuations and extremes and associated risks, while focusing on advancing our understanding of fundamental dynamics and physical processes. Recent efforts are geared towards formulating a new theory of El Niño and La Niña, assessing the importance of the tropical oceans in the changing global carbon cycle, and studying how the global tropics respond to changes in the North Atlantic.

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in a region having the greatest concentration of geophysical researchers in the nation and perhaps the world. The proximity of ATOC to this atmospheric and oceanic science excellence is the foundation of our unique philosophy and vision, which elevates our department to one of worldwide prominence. The guiding principle of ATOC is to be the focal point for atmospheric and oceanic science education and research training in this geographic region of world-renowned excellence. The University of Colorado, Boulder was ranked number one in atmospheric science in ShanghaiRanking's 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Apply numerical simulations and statistical methods to study the multi-year predictability of El Niño and La Niña.

What You Should Know

  • The Postdoctoral Associate will work as part of a team with colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • The position will start on September 1, 2022.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this full-time position is $65,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A PhD or be near to completing a PhD in atmospheric sciences, meteorology, physical oceanography, or a related field.

What You Will Need

  • Experience processing large model outputs, applying statistical methods such as analogues and neural networks, diagnosing physical processes, and applying metrics of predictability.
  • Strong interest in climate dynamics and the study of past and future climate change.
  • Experience analyzing global climate simulations from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor.  However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin on May 31st, and will continue until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email.  For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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