Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences

Virginia, United States
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Department    Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES)
Criminal Background Check    Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check    No
Job Category    Research Faculty
Job Type    Full-Time
Location    Fairfax, VA
Salary    Commensurate with education and experience.

The George Mason University, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES) and Center for Ocean-Land Atmosphere Studies (COLA) in the College of Science have an opening for a postdoctoral research fellowship. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 


The selected finalist will contribute to a research operation project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the National Weather Service (NWS) initiative. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the impact of ocean resolution on the sub-seasonal to seasonal skill of extreme hydrological events and surface air temperature over CONUS. The successful candidate will use a coupled atmosphere, ocean and sea ice model to conduct high-resolution sub-seasonal forecasts and evaluate the skill of forecasts following the operational requirements.

Other responsibilities include:

Collaborating with the NCEP’s Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) and Climate Prediction Center scientists in the design of numerical experiments and forecast evaluations; and
Manuscript preparation, revisions and publication. 

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have earned a doctorate in atmospheric sciences, climate dynamics, oceanography, or a closely related field prior to the first day of employment;
Experience running a coupled general circulation model on high-performance computing systems; and
Advanced programming skills including code development and shell scripting.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with the Modular Ocean Model (MOM) and FV3 Finite-Volume Cubed Sphere Dynamical Core;
Writing and presentation skills as exemplified by publications and presentations record; and
Experience in managing and processing large data sets.

About Us

AOES and COLA house faculty and research scientists who are national and world leaders in understanding and prediction of Earth’s climate variations from sub-seasonal to interannual time scales. Scientists from several disciplines utilize national and international numerical models of the Earth’s system and forecast systems to advance the leading edge of prediction capabilities. For more information, visit us on the web at

Special Instructions to Applicants  
For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. This position is available for two years with the second-year subject to renewal upon performance and avalability of funds

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. 

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. 

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Equity Statement  
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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