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Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at the Climate Physics Group, UC Davis and LBNL

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 9th, 2019

Last review date: Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity at University of California, Davis

Prof. Da Yang
University of California, Davis
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Climate Physics Group at UC Davis and LBNL is seeking an ambitious and creative postdoctoral scholar to study atmospheric convection and climate change. The successful candidate will be supported by a Packard Fellowship awarded to Prof. Da Yang. The primary appointment will be at UC Davis, but a guest affiliation with LBNL can be arranged if desired. The start date is flexible, but the position will become available as soon as Feb. 1, 2020.

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Da Yang and will be encouraged to pursue her/his own innovative ideas that either strengthen or complement the group’s ongoing research, on topics including convective self-aggregation, tropical cyclones, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), and climate feedbacks.

Minimum qualifications:
• Completed a doctoral degree in atmospheric science, climate science, geophysical fluid dynamics, or a related field at the time of the appointment;
• Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method;
• Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.

Preferred qualifications:
• A strong background in at least one of the following areas: atmospheric convection, radiative transfer, climate change, or atmospheric/fluid dynamics;
• A strong background in numerical analysis and high-performance computing;

• Experience with atmosphere/climate models of various complexities (e.g., shallow water models, cloud-resolving models, and 3D general circulation models).

We will also consider seriously any outstanding candidate from other fields with rigorous training in math and physics, if strongly motivated to study atmosphere and climate.

UC Davis is nestled in a top-rated college town, with good access to SF Bay Area, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. The University of California offers competitive retirement and benefit plans and has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: The position is 100% for 1 year initially, renewable for an additional 2-year period contingent on satisfactory progress.


Option 1: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the following:

Application materials: (a) a cover letter, (b) a curriculum vitae, and (c) the names of three references.

Option 2: Submit the above listed application materials as a single PDF to Prof. Da Yang ( with ‘Postdoctoral research position at UC Davis" in the subject line.

Review of applications will start on Jan. 1, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled.

Email any questions to Prof. Da Yang ( with ‘Postdoctoral research position at UC Davis" in the subject.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)