Research Opportunities

The climate lab, ( at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago invites applications for one postdoctoral position in tropical and midlatitude climate dynamics and regional hydroclimate. Potential research areas include high-resolution dynamic downscaling using the Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model, attribution of regional precipitation changes, regional climate change at convective resolving spatial scales, land-atmosphere interactions, and extreme weather/climate events, and/or other topics mutually agreed upon.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Akintomide Akinsanola and will be expected to prepare and run and/or use global/regional climate model simulations, analyze the outputs, write peer-reviewed journal articles, provide support to graduate students, and contribute to an active scientific environment in the Department through group meetings and seminars.


The selected candidate must have recently completed a Ph.D. in climate and atmospheric science, or a closely related field, and must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria (a) a track record of producing high-quality research publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, commensurate with experience, (b) a strong background in tropical and midlatitude climate dynamics and regional hydroclimate, and (c) research experience involving using/simulating global/regional climate models and strong programming skills (such as NCL, Python, R or equivalent) to handle large datasets on high-performance computing resources. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and available funding. Starting date is February 2023 contingent upon completing all documentation required for employment and salary will be highly competitive along with a competitive benefits package.

Complete applications (including a CV, publication list, and 1-2-page research statement) should be forwarded to Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide three recommendation letters. Review of applications will begin November 30, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The position is open to international applicants.

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