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Mesoscale Climate Post Doctoral Researcher

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
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Feb 14, 2024

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Working TitleMesoscale Climate Post Doctoral Researcher

Position LocationFort Collins, CO

Work LocationPosition is fully in-office/in-person

Research Professional PositionYes

Posting Number202301702AP

Position TypeAdmin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification TitlePostdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies1

Work Hours/Week40

Proposed Annual Salary Range60,000-63,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is not just a workplace; its a thriving community thats transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment todiversity, equity and inclusion ( , and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.

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Desired Start Date11/01/2023

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on03/01/2024

Description of Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nations leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

The Department of Atmospheric Science is a large academic and research department in the Walter J. Scott College of Engineering at Colorado State University. We currently have twenty-three faculty members, eighty graduate students, over seventy full-time researchers and postdoctoral fellows, and an outstanding and dedicated support staff, that comprise one of the most research-active units at the university. The department conducts more than $14M in externally sponsored research each year and is nationally ranked near the top of its field.

TheHurrell Research Group ( and theRasmussen Research Group ( are comprised of highly motivated researchers passionate about mesoscale meteorology, climate variability and change, research questions at the weather-climate interface, and the data analysis tools used to understand them. Areas of active research include cloud and mesoscale processes, high-resolution regional climate modeling, earth system predictability, climate dynamics, climate change and sustainability, and solar climate intervention.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral scientist will be working with the Hurrell and Rasmussen research teams to conduct independent and collaborative research in the exciting and new interdisciplinary area of how climate variability and change influence mesoscale weather systems. This will include observational analyses and modeling studies assessing the future risk of extreme weather events, including how such events could be impacted by proposed solar climate intervention approaches.

The postdoctoral scientist will also interact with and support graduate students and early career researchers, especially from the Hurrell and Rasmussen groups, but also other research groups across the Atmospheric Science Department. The position will help define the research and development direction of the Hurrell and Rasmussen research groups in the area of climate-mesoscale interactions, as well as participate in opportunities to apply atmospheric expertise to research efforts in other disciplines across and beyond the CSU campus.

Expected results for this position will be new insights into processes that determine how weather systems are affected by climate variability and climate change, and how climate change signals might be modified by solar climate intervention, in addition to producing new publications and research methods.

This position will report directly to Prof. James Hurrell and Prof. Kristen Rasmussen and will be a part of a vibrant community of researchers both within the Hurrell and Rasmussen Groups, the Atmospheric Science Department, Colorado State University, and other funded collaborators.

Required Job Qualifications

+ Ph.D. in atmospheric, climate, or Earth system science.

+ Experience as an independent research scientist in mesoscale meteorology, with knowledge of the climate system and climate processes.

+ Demonstrated experience working with large, scientific computer programs including weather models.

+ Demonstrated experience in analyzing complex data sets.

+ Demonstrated experience analyzing weather events, perhaps including extreme weather and compound events.

+ Demonstrated experience writing and publishing scientific results.

+ Strong oral and written communication skills.

+ Publication record commensurate with experience

Preferred Job Qualifications

+ Prior research experience using the Weather Research and Forecasting ( WRF ) model.

+ Research experience analyzing climate model output.

+ Experience with research in solar climate intervention.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty CategoryResearch and analysis


This position will be responsible for the following duties as part of the research and analysis function:

+ Serve as a prominent researcher within the Hurrell and Rasmussen groups by conducting ongoing, substantive scientific research on the understanding of how climate variability and change impact mesoscale weather systems, and publish results in leading journals.

+ Provide skill in assessing the potential impacts of solar climate intervention on climate, mesoscale weather systems, and their interactions.

+ Generate statistics and complex calculations of weather and climate diagnostics to determine underlying processes.

+ Provide skill in the analysis of large observational and model data sets.

+ Develop solutions to complex problems, understand the results and recommend research strategies.

+ Solve research questions by incorporating relevant new ideas, techniques and developments.

+ Provide skill running and analyzing model simulations, especially with the Weather Research Forecasting ( WRF ) model.

+ Apply automated algorithm to identify specific mesoscale storm modes in WRF simulations and connect to large-scale climate processes.

+ Interact with graduate students, and support the research of those in the Hurrell and Rasmussen groups.

The postdoctoral scientist must have a record of conducting high-quality independent and collaborative research in mesoscale meteorology, with a basic knowledge of the physical processes and mechanisms of the dynamically coupled climate system. As such, this position will develop and evaluate data sets and combine observational and model data in empirical and diagnostic studies of how climate processes affect mesoscale weather systems. Experience in running and analyzing weather models is required; in particular, the WRF . The postdoctoral scientist must also have a desire to work with graduate students in a team setting. This will include mentoring, as appropriate, and help in processing and analyzing weather and climate data.

Percentage Of Time80

Job Duty CategoryPublication/Presentation


The postdoctoral scientist position will be expected to communicate the results of personal and group scientific research at national and international scientific meetings, at university seminars, in the refereed literature, and contribute to the preparation of proposals and project reports. The individual, hired into this position, will also attend and participate in departmental seminars, as well as other workshops and conferences. Finally, this position will review proposals and research papers for agencies and journals.

+ Publication and presentation of results

+ Support new research proposals and project reports

+ Review proposals and papers

Percentage Of Time15

Job Duty CategoryCareer Preparation and Advancement


The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to actively develop and plan for their career, via additional service and mentoring opportunities. Professional development opportunities will be provided to the postdoctoral researcher by Profs. Hurrell and Rasmussen at their group meetings and individually based on their career plans and goals.

+ Career planning and development

Percentage Of Time5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.

To apply, please upload a cover letter that addresses the required and preferred job qualifications, a resume, and the contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search ContactZenaida Herrera,

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Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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