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Postdoctoral Researcher RELMAPAGO field project

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

A postdoctoral researcher is sought to investigate atmospheric mesoscale and storm-scale processes associated with the initiation of deep moist convection, to begin Aug-Sept 2019. 

During November-December 2018, the Remote Sensing of Electrification, Lightning, and Mesoscale/Microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations (RELMAPAGO) field project will collect high-resolution radar, radiosonde, aircraft, and surface observations within and surrounding deep moist convection in Argentina. Satellite and other observations suggest that storms in this region are among the most intense in the world. Among many goals, the RELAMPAGO project seeks to understand local terrain influences, and mesoscale and sub-mesoscale meteorological processes associated with the initiation and intensification of deep moist convection. 

The postdoc period is 1 year, with an additional year possible pending performance and funding (up to 2 years total). The position will be sponsored at the University of Colorado, in Boulder. Collaboration between the candidate and scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Center for Severe Weather Research, and other U.S. universities is anticipated and encouraged. Travel to relevant conferences/workshops to present scientific results and publication in peer-reviewed journal articles is expected. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The postdoc will conduct novel research related to increasing our understanding of convection initiation processes (i.e., development of a cumulus field from shallow to deep convection) using data acquired during the RELAMPAGO project. Research methodology may include: advanced analysis of research observations (e.g., multi-Doppler wind retrievals and integrated in situ observations), multi-case observational climatologies, high-resolution mesoscale and/or cloud-scale numerical modelling (idealized simulations and/or real case simulations), ensemble data assimilation, or theoretical work.  

What You Should Know

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What We Can Offer

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tutition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder Count and offers an inspring higher education environment. 


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

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in the Atmospheric Sciences conferred by Summer 2019. 

What You Will Need

An in depth understanding of shallow and deep moist convective processes and boundary layer meteorology, research experience using high-resolution weather observations (e.g., research radar and sounding data) and/or convective-scale modeling, and a demonstrated ability to present and publish scientific results to relevant meteorological communities are required. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  • Cover lettter
  • Resume/CV Proof of degree can be either a copy of diploma -OR- transcript confirming your highest degree. 
  • Contact information for 2 reference who may be contacted for a recommendation letter.
Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Kelly Duong

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