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

Application Window

Open date: August 17th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Sep 20, 2021 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: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 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.

Position description

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 how water vapor affects small-scale convective storms, as well as large-scale climate dynamics. Research topics may include: how does the buoyancy effect of water vapor influence low clouds and associated climate feedbacks, and how does the buoyancy effect of water vapor affect deep convection and tropical precipitation? The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue their own innovative ideas that further our understanding of water vapor and climate change.

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Da Yang and will be partly supported by an NSF CAREER Award. The primary appointment will be at UC Davis; a guest affiliation with LBNL can be arranged if desired.

• Develop testable hypotheses to better understand interactions between water vapor, clouds, atmospheric circulations, and climate change
• Perform numerical simulations and analyze observations to test hypotheses
• Present results at conferences and seminars
• Publish results in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated start: The start date is flexible, but the position will become available as soon as Oct. 1, 2021.

Position duration: The position is for 1 year initially, renewable for an additional 2-year period contingent on satisfactory progress and funding availability..

Percent time: 100% (full-time)

Rank/Step: TBD

Application / How to apply:

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of three references.

Review of applications will start on Sept. 15, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.

For further information about the position, email any questions to Prof. Da Yang ( with "Postdoctoral research position at UC Davis" in the subject.

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.

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with university policy. As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment or other activities.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Degree Requirement

    Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, or a related field , by the anticipated start date

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    (These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

    • Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method,
    • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.
Preferred qualifications

    (not required)

    • 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., bulk plume 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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - (one page)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA