Postdoc Research Scholar, paleoclimatology - St Louis, USA

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in paleoclimatology, with a specific focus on data-model comparison with water isotope archives.


This position is for the Danforth Campus. This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Base pay commensurate with experience. The position will remain open until filled.

Start date is flexible, but no sooner than 1 November 2018. Appointment is for one year, with extension for another year contingent on successful performance.


The successful applicant will contribute to a new NSF-funded project investigating tropical climate and atmospheric-oceanic circulation during the past millennium using the new PAGES Iso2k database and upcoming simulations with the water isotope-enabled Community Earth System Model (iCESM).

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be based at Washington University, but will collaborate closely with grant partners at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as with the 50+ members of the PAGES Iso2k Project.

The successful candidate will join Washington University’s growing Climate and Paleoclimate Lab, and will interact closely with other group members, students, and collaborators. In addition to working with the Iso2k database and climate model simulations, there will also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing model-, field-, and laboratory-based research on water isotope hydroclimatology in both modern and ancient contexts, depending on time and funding.


Candidates must have a PhD in Earth sciences or related field at the time of appointment; strong coding skills (Matlab, Python, R, or NCL preferred); and a strong interest in hydroclimatology.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred qualifications include a demonstrated skill in manipulating and analyzing large datasets; experience with analyzing either paleo or modern water isotopic data; experience with tropical climate dynamics; and familiarity with analysis of climate model simulations.


Postdocs at Washington University receive a competitive benefits package and plentiful opportunities for professional and career development through the department, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Washington University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Applications should be sent as soon as possible.

To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter explaining research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Further informaiton

Please feel free to contact Dr. Bronwen Konecky with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.