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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey (US)
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Aug 12, 2022

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Postdoctoral Position: Exploring the role of climate variability and anthropogenic climate change in altering fire weather conditions over the western United States

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University, in association with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), seeks a postdoctoral or more senior researcher to investigate the impacts and contributions of large-scale Pacific Ocean/Atmosphere variability and anthropogenic climate change to fire vulnerability in the Western US on seasonal to multidecadal timescales. The research will focus on (1) identifying the dominant modes or patterns of surface and upper ocean variables or air-sea coupling that may play a crucial role in western US fire weather and hydroclimate, (2) diagnosing the related mechanisms using observations and model simulations, and (3) evaluating changes in fire weather conditions over the western US with and without anthropogenic radiative forcing changes over the coming decades. The project will include extensive use and analysis of both observations and large data sets of the latest generation of GFDL climate models with large ensembles and various historical and future projection simulations. The incumbent will develop strategies and frameworks for research tasks and be encouraged to use novel diagnostic techniques and new physical insights to explore these topics.

The successful applicant will be based at the GFDL in Princeton, New Jersey, and will work with Drs. Youngji Joh ( and Tom Delworth ( The postdoc will be encouraged to collaborate with other scientists at GFDL working on related topics, including hydroclimate extremes over the western US.

The selected candidate will have a Ph.D. in Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, or a closely related field, and ideally have one or more of the following attributes: (a) a strong background in climate sciences, physical oceanography, or hydrology, (b) strong computational skills in using observation and comprehensive climate models, and (c) strong diagnostic skills in analyzing large data sets. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and available funding.

Complete applications include a CV, publication list, research statement (no more than 2 pages including references), and 3 letters of recommendation. Princeton is interested in candidates who, through their research, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.  Applicants should apply online at

Review of applications will begin September 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, contact Youngji Joh ( This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




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