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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Synoptic Meteorology Group within the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a comprehensive understanding of midlatitude synoptic and mesoscale dynamics, the analysis of ensembles of climate model output, and how to conduct high-resolution modeling experiments.

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.

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 Shanghai Ranking's 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The successful candidate will join a collaborative research team in ATOC (Andrew Winters) and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP; Brian Toon) to investigate the influence of injections of black carbon during armed nuclear conflict on the frequency and dynamics of synoptic-scale extreme weather events, such as heat waves, cold waves, and heavy precipitation events using an ensemble of available climate model simulations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how injections of black carbon into the lower stratosphere translate to changes in the synoptic to mesoscale dynamics that foster the production of the aforementioned extreme weather events and their subsequent impacts.

What We Can Offer

The position has an initial term of 1 year, with a possible extension subject to performance and availability of funding. Salary is $65–75K per year including full benefits.


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

  • Ph.D. in the atmospheric, oceanic, climate, or Earth sciences—or a closely related discipline.

What You Will Need

  • Strong background in analyzing large gridded datasets, such as ensembles of climate model simulations or long-term reanalysis products.
  • Familiarity with configuring and running high-resolution model simulations.
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively in a team environment, and to communicate effectively (verbal and written).
  • A strong and/or promising track record in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles of high quality and impact.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
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. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until July 22nd, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

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