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Mesoscale Meteorology and Hydrometeorology Post-Doctoral Positions @ Scripps UC San Diego

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The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, (CW3E; is a research and applications center established in 2014 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) by its Director, Dr. F. Martin Ralph. CW3E focuses on the physical understanding, observations, weather predictions of extreme weather and water events to support effective policies and practices to improve resilience in the Western U.S. CW3E carries out its goals with a diverse network of research and operational partners at more than ten other institutions across the U.S. Individuals will be joining a group of several existing Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and a number of experienced faculty, researchers, and staff at SIO who are involved with CW3E.

CW3E is looking to hire for positions in mesoscale meteorology and hydrometeorology. Please see the link below for further job details and how to apply.

Mesoscale Meteorology Post-Doc Positions

This postdoctoral scientist will contribute to research on understanding the mechanisms for high-intensity precipitation in the Western U.S. during winter storms with particular focus on frontally-forced convection and orographic convection. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be evaluating the performance of research and operational numerical weather prediction systems in representing these mechanisms and their ability to provide actionable information on related hazards. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to define their own original sub-project goals aligned with the overall project goals in collaboration with investigators at CW3E. Ideally, the candidate would also have the skill set to contribute to ongoing high-resolution forecasting model development at CW3E, which includes both deterministic and ensemble capabilities. This position offers opportunities to work with and develop applications to support operational entities in meteorology, water resources management, and flood management.

The ideal candidate will also have experience working with output from and conducting simulations with WRF, MPAS, or another mesoscale model. A PhD in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a related field is required. Experience in the area of mesoscale meteorology, especially with regards to precipitation extremes, is highly desirable. Excellent data analysis and visualization skills are also preferred for this position.

Hydrometeorology Post-Doc Position

This postdoctoral scientist will investigate variability in regional terrestrial water storage, in the form of ground water and surface water including snowpack, as revealed by a growing archive of GPS near-surface crustal displacements that are collected throughout California and across the United States. The GPS-inferred water storage contains variability over a range of time scales, and should relate to extreme events from synoptic scale storm activity as well as longer-term inter-annual variation such as produced by persistent wet and dry spells. Regionally, the high density of the GPS network may afford resolution at 10’s of km scales and thus provide new insight into catchment water balances. This investigation will require synthesis and comparison with other observational data along with model simulated hydrological variability. This position will work closely with Dr. Adrian Borsa and other scientists at the SIO’s Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics (, and work with CW3E staff and researchers to support the FIRO Program ( The ideal candidate would have experience with hydrological model development, calibration, application, and verification. Knowledge of meteorology focused on the Western US is preferred. Strong analytical backgrounds with a Ph.D. in meteorology, hydrology or environmental or civil engineering is preferred. Programming experience working in a Unix environment with experience in scripting languages such as Python, Perl, R, and Matlab is highly desired.