Cornell University, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-Earth and Atmospheric Sciences-PDF_PRYOR_WAKES [#16072, WDR-00022686]
Position Title: Two Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Atmospheric Science and Engineering at Cornell University
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Earth and Environmental Sciences / Earth-Surface Dynamics
Appl Deadline:2020/05/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/02/26, finished 2020/09/08, listed until 2020/08/26)
Position Description:    

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Two Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Atmospheric Science and Engineering at Cornell University

Postdoctoral Associates in Atmospheric Science and Engineering Applications 
Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 
Cornell University 
Ithaca, NY  

Position Descriptions and Responsibilities: 
Applications are sought for two Post Doctoral Associates to join a vibrant and inter-disciplinary research team focused on atmospheric science and renewable energy applications. The first position will focus on climate dynamics and downscaling of winds using both numerical and statistical approaches, and diagnostic evaluation of model performance and skill. The second position will focus principally on simulations of wakes within and downstream of large wind turbine arrays. 

The successful applicants will hold a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, engineering or related subject. For both positions experience with high-performance computing environments and programming in Fortran and/or Matlab is required. Experience with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) or analysis of WRF output is highly desirable. Familiarity with statistics is necessary for position 1. Familiarity with wind turbine wakes is necessary for position 2. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

Specific responsibilities (and approximate effort allocation) for position 1 include: 
(30%) Conduct and evaluate numerical downscaling simulations. 
(30%) Conduct and evaluate statistical downscaling including use of machine learning techniques. 
(30%) Develop publication-quality research manuscripts. 
(10%) Data archiving using best-practice data provenance procedures.  

Specific responsibilities (and approximate effort allocation) for position 2 include: 
(40%) Conduct numerical simulations of wind farms wakes using WRF. 
(30%) Conduct simulations of within wind farm wakes using microscale models. 
(20%) Develop publication-quality research manuscripts. 
(10%) Data archiving using best-practice data provenance procedures.  

Application and Starting Date: Applications will be processed until position is filled but those received by 1 May 2020 will receive full consideration. The preferred start dates are 1 June 2020, but may be extended to 15 August 2020 for exceptional candidates. The initial appointments will be for 1 year with the possibility of renewal. The selected candidates will be supervised by Professor Sara C. Pryor (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) and will also collaborate closely with Professor Rebecca J. Barthelmie (Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering). For more information, please contact Professor Pryor ( or Professor Barthelmie ( 

For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a diversity statement of how, through research, teaching and/or service, the candidate can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion in support of Cornell’s mission of “any person… any study”; and the names and contact information of three references to Academic Jobs Online. Apply for position 1: on climate dynamics and downscaling of winds at ( To apply for position 2: on wind turbine wakes at (” 

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities and genders.

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Ithaca, NY 14853

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