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Postdoctoral Scholar - Physics

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
Closing date
Aug 6, 2022

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The Department of Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applications for a post-doctoral researcher to work on a Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) project focused on understanding the processes that control the depth and vigor of convective clouds forming over orography. The researcher will lead observational analyses using existing observations from ARM scanning radars and lidars deployed during the CACTI field campaign. The specific goal of the project is to understand how boundary layer and orographic processes (e.g., thermally or mechanically driven upslope flows) control convective outcomes. These observational analyses will compliment collaborations with numerical modeling teams investigating the predictability of orographic convection. Ideal candidates will exhibit strengths in some subset of the following: orographic processes (e.g., thermally driven circulations), convective processes, radar and/or lidar observations, processing and reducing large datasets (e.g., Principal Component Analysis), coding in MATLAB or Python. Previous research need not be closely aligned with the focus of this project and I strongly encourage applicants from diverse background, including from historically under-represented groups in Atmospheric Science.

The successful candidate will join a growing research group focused on using state-of-the-science observations to advance our understanding of both fire-generated and orographic convective processes. The researcher will be housed in the Physics Department at the University of Nevada, Reno and participate in the Atmospheric Science Program, which is run jointly with the Desert Research Institute (DRI). Opportunities to collaborate with researchers at DOE national laboratories (e.g., PNNL) are expected.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Atmospheric Science or a closely related field by time of appointment.

Expertise in some subset of the following:
  • Orographic processes (e.g., thermally and/or mechanically driven circulations)
  • Convective processes
  • Radar and/or lidar observations
  • Processing and reducing large datasets (e.g., Principal Component Analysis)
  • Coding in MATLAB or Python

Compensation Grade

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Schedules

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Contact Information: Beth Jacobsen at (see application details) or (see application details)

Full-Time Equivalent
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Attach the following attachments to your application

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2) Letter of interest (1-2 pages) describing how your academic and/or professional preparation can be applied to address the proposed research or will inform your research approach.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

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For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno
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