Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Position ID:MIT-EAPS-PDABC3 [#22118]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate-BC3
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts MA, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Natural Sciences / Climate Change
Modeling / Modeling
Oceanography / Physical Oceanography
Appl Deadline:2022/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/07/18, finished 2023/04/24, listed until 2023/01/18)
Position Description:    

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge (BC3) flagship project, a collaborative effort between faculty across many MIT departments, and scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Dept. of Global Ecology, Stanford) and the National Oceanography Center (NOC; Southampton, UK). The postdoctoral scholar will develop the ocean biogeochemical component of a new climate model developed as part of the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA) in the Julia language. Research will focus on parameterizing the key biologically and chemically driven transformations in the ocean that impact the climate system in new ways that leverage the expanding availability of Earth system observations. Research will include (though it is not limited to): collaboratively developing machine learning or other data assimilation approaches to inform the parameterizations, implementing the parameterizations into the ocean component of the CliMA model, and developing and leading innovative studies using the new module.

We seek a candidate with a strong interest in understanding how ocean biogeochemistry modulates the climate system and with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. Successful applicants will also have excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner, and a commitment to work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences.

The position will ideally involve spending time at two different geographical locations: MIT and Stanford. The postdoctoral scholar will work under the supervision of Dr. Emily Zakem at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science to develop the core of the biogeochemical module and under the supervision of Prof. Raffaele Ferrari at MIT and in collaboration with the CliMA team to implement the module in the CliMA climate model. The specifics of the time spent at each location will be agreed upon with the candidate.

For more information about the positions, please contact Prof. Raffaele Ferrari at or Dr. Emily Zakem at . We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in the natural sciences, mathematics or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean dynamics and experience in ocean modeling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner.

Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae, One-page statement of research interests and Three references (no reference letters required at this stage)

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

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