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Postdoctoral Scholar – Regional Climate Change Processes and Impacts, UW Bothell

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Physical Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar – Regional Climate Change Processes and Impacts, UW Bothell

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Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in research on regional climate change in the northwestern United States. The research team includes scientists at the UW Seattle Atmospheric Sciences department and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This NSF-funded project addresses several basic research questions using an ensemble of regional climate model projections for the Northwestern US with the goal of providing a better understanding of the impacts of climate change on the region.

Specific project tasks include:

  • Analyze climate simulations from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) mesoscale atmospheric model to understand basic interactions in the coupled atmosphere-land-ocean system that control regional climate change.
  • Improve the understanding of extreme events (e.g.  heat waves, heavy precipitation) and their response to global climate change to provide better guidance to agencies in adapting to climate change impacts.
  • Design and perform WRF model simulations to test hypotheses and expand the model ensemble.
  • Collaborate with other staff on analysis, model simulations, and data management.
  • Writing and publishing results in scientific journals;

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Initial appointment is for 12 months with the possibility of extension. The base salary range for this position will be $5,459-$5,553/month ($65,508-$66,636/year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.  

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Candidates must have a doctoral degree earned within the last four years in Atmospheric Sciences or related discipline and experience in climate-related research.


Familiarity with regional climate change including climate dynamics, orographic processes, and hydrologic processes. Demonstrated experience with climate system modeling or climate model analysis, and advanced programming skills for modeling, data analysis, and visualization in a Linux environment (e.g. Python, Matlab, Fortran).


Please provide the following materials:

  • A statement of relevant experience in related to global and regional climate change including climate dynamics, orographic processes, hydrologic processes, and related research areas. Please include your earliest possible start date and full contact information.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A list of three references who will be prepared to submit letters of recommendation upon request.

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