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Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute
Location: Miami, FL
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The successful candidate will work with a team of senior and early-career scientists in the Mississippi State University’s Department of Geosciences and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Miami, FL, to investigate the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean’s influences on the decadal drought frequency in the southern U.S. by using observations and state-of-the-art global atmosphere-ocean models. The position will be based out of MSU’s Department of Geosciences but will be physically housed at AOML in Miami, FL. The appointment is for one year and is renewable for one more year, contingent upon performance and availability of funds. The starting date of the position is expected to be in January 1, 2022 but is negotiable.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Devise and conduct global atmosphere-ocean model experiments to investigate how and to what extent the decadal variability in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans modulates the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and its relationship with the southern U.S drought.
2. Explore how the future changes in the Pacific and Atlantic background states affect the ENSO-southern U.S. drought relationship using CMIP6 model simulations.
3. Present findings at scientific meetings and publish results in scientific journals.
4. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Physical Oceanography, or a related field and demonstrate his/her ability in publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Working knowledge of Unix/Linux
Ability to analyze large datasets from model outputs
Strong backgrounds in numerical modeling
Good communication skills
Prior experience with the Community Earth System Model (CESM) is desirable, but not required.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination or apply for and receive a University-approved exemption before beginning employment with the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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