Cornell University, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-Earth and Atmospheric Sciences-POSTDOCPRYOR [#18936, wdr-00026958]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Position in Atmospheric Science
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Atmospheric Sciences / Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences
Appl Deadline:2021/09/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/07/13, finished 2021/11/05, listed until 2022/01/13)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate in Atmospheric Science

Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

 The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

CALS is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second-largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. 

Position Descriptions and Responsibilities:

Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Associate to join a vibrant research team focused on performing and analyzing high resolution simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF). The successful candidate will participate in research applying WRF to address research questions in the realms of climate dynamics, land use land cover change and wind energy applications. A particular focus will be on innovative methods to perform diagnostic evaluation of model performance and skill.


The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, engineering or related subject. Experience with high-performance computing environments and programming in Fortran and/or Matlab is required. Experience with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) and analysis of WRF output is also required. Familiarity with statistics and model fidelity assessment is highly desirable.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Specific responsibilities (and approximate effort allocation) include:

(70%) Conduct and evaluate numerical downscaling simulations using WRF.

(20%) Develop publication-quality research manuscripts.

(10%) Data archiving using best-practice data provenance procedures.

 Application and Starting Date: Applications will be processed until the position is filled but those received by 1 September 2021 will receive full consideration. The preferred start date is 15 October 2021. The initial appointment is 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). For more information, please contact Professor Pryor (

 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 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.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Further Info:
1103 Bradfield Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853