Post-Doc Research Associate

Posting Date: 
5 April 2017
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About NSIDC: 
The mission of the National Snow and Ice Data Center is to make fundamental contributions to cryospheric science and excel in managing data and disseminating information in order to advance understanding of the Earth system. NSIDC is a trusted source of cryospheric data and services, and is a leader in research and development within this field. We enjoy a broad stable funding base which collectively supports our infrastructure and provides growth in numerous technical fields.
About this job: 

The Post Doctoral Associate (Post-Doc) will perform cutting-edge research into modeling the global terrestrial carbon cycle, with a strong emphasis on the strength, timing, and uncertainty of the Permafrost Carbon Feedback. The Permafrost Carbon Feedback is the amplification of surface warming due to the thaw, decay, and ultimate release into the atmosphere of carbon currently frozen in the Arctic permafrost.

This position is a three-year appointment.  The Post Doc reports to the project Principal Investigator.


  • Running multiple simulations on the CU supercomputer
  • Developing new model capabilities
  • Developing benchmarks to evaluate model performance
  • Writing scientific papers and proposals

The successful applicant will engage the broader scientific community by presenting results at conferences and participating in working groups focusing on improving land surface models.  The Post Doc will participate in and help write new research proposals to expand their research beyond the three-year term of this position.


  • Completed Ph.D. in atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, ecology, or related field
  • Experience working with land surface models
  • Background in either biogeochemistry, permafrost, or land surface modeling
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

Desirable Skills

  • Programming experience, preferably using Fortran and Python
  • Experience with Unix or Linux

How to Apply

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s).

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 – One Letter of Recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.            

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