Postdoc position on climate and atmospheric circulation of exoplanets
Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
Closing day: 01 July 2019 or later
The CLEVER Planets team and Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences at Rice University are seeking applicants for a NASA-funded postdoctoral scholar position who would study the climate and atmospheric circulation of terrestrial planets and rocky exoplanets.
As a postdoctoral scholar, the candidate will work on developing a deeper understanding of the 3D atmospheric circulation and long-term climate evolution of young rocky planets using the fundamentals of geophysical fluid dynamics and a hierarchy of climate models, from 1D energy balance models to state-of-the-art 3D general circulation models (GCMs). The candidate will also interact closely with the geodynamicists, geochemist, fluid dynamicists, and planetary scientists in the CLEVER Planets team who are using laboratory experiments and numerical models to study mantle convection, magma oceans, volcanic-tectonic-climate interactions, impacts, and weathering.
The postdoctoral scholar will work with Prof. Pedram Hassanzadeh and collaborate with Prof. Rajdeep Dasgupta and Prof. Adrian Lenardic as a part of the CLEVER Planets team (http://cleverplanets.org/).
The CLEVER Planets team consists of an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional group of scientists led by Prof. Dasgupta working to unravel the conditions of planetary habitability in the Solar System and other exoplanetary systems. The overarching theme of our research is to investigate the origin and cycles of life-essential elements in young rocky planets. Based on our understanding of our own solar system and habitable planet Earth, we plan to identify where habitable niches are most likely to occur, which planets are most likely to be habitable and when in their evolutionary history such conditions of habitability are most likely. We are supported by NASA and are one of teams in the Nexus of Exoplanetary Systems Science (NExSS) research network.
As a minimum qualification, the candidates are expected to have
- Completed a doctoral degree in geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, planetary science, or a related field at the time of the appointment;
- A strong background in geophysical fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, and high-performance computing;
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
In addition, the following qualifications are highly desired
- Experience with climate models, and in particular GCMs;
- Experience with radiation and/or cloud physics in atmosphere;
- Experience with parallel computing.
Application materials: curriculum vitae with complete list of publications, a one-page statement of PhD research and future interests, and contact information of at least 3 references. Complete application package should be sent as a single pdf file to Prof. Hassanzadeh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The contract will be initially for a year and is renewable for up to 3 years based on progress and performance. The salary would commensurate with experience. The start date is flexible. Review of the applications will start on July 1st and continue until the position is filled.