Postdoc, Paleoenvironmental Data Analysis - Salt Lake City, USA

The SPATIAL group (https://wateriso.utah.edu/spatial/) at the University of Utah is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for a collaborative, community-based initiative to reconstruct the Phanerozoic history of atmospheric CO2 levels.

Logistics

The position is based in the Department of Geology & Geophysics (https://earth.utah.edu/) in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah and offers competitive salary and medical benefits. The successful applicant will have opportunities to contribute to the SPATIAL summer course (https://itce.utah.edu/spatial.html).

Description

The SPATIAL group (https://wateriso.utah.edu/spatial/) at the University of Utah is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for a collaborative, community-based initiative to reconstruct the Phanerozoic history of atmospheric CO2 levels. The successful applicant will lead the development of proxy system models for key paleo-CO2 proxies and use these, together with a global database of proxy data, to develop and interpret quantitative CO2 reconstructions. The position includes participation in community workshops focused on proxy database development and exchanges with proxy-system experts from several different Earth science communities. Data analysis efforts will be supported through collaboration with other SPATIAL group members working with similar methods and by the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing. This position is affiliated with the NSF-supported CO2 proxy intercomparison project (CO2PIP), and the successful applicant will work closely with associated PIs, three other cohort postdoctoral researchers, and collaborators.

Tasks

The successful applicant will lead the development of proxy system models for key paleo-CO2 proxies and use these, together with a global database of proxy data, to develop and interpret quantitative CO2 reconstructions. The position includes participation in community workshops focused on proxy database development and exchanges with proxy-system experts from several different Earth science communities. Data analysis efforts will be supported through collaboration with other SPATIAL group members working with similar methods and by the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing. This position is affiliated with the NSF-supported CO2 proxy intercomparison project (CO2PIP), and the successful applicant will work closely with associated PIs, three other cohort postdoctoral researchers, and collaborators.

Requirements

The successful applicant will be a curious problem-solver with strong quantitative, logical, and organizational skills, self-motivation and capacity for independent work, and the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate as part of a team. Prior experience with the development and/or application of numerical models (of any variety), scientific programming, and Bayesian statistical methods is preferred. A PhD in Earth science or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Applications

Applications should include a brief cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, a current CV, two samples of the applicant’s scientific writing, and contact information for three professional references. Applications should be submitted at https://forms.gle/aQCmxUyCiSuezTyQ8 no later than August 15, 2021, to receive full consideration. The preferred start date for this position is fall, 2021, but a later date may be considered for exceptional applicants. Appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation for up to 4 years possible pending funding and research progress.

Further Information

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