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Current Job Opportunities

Listings below are not directly linked with CIFAR, but may be of interest to CIFAR affiliates and awardees.

Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-04 (Equivalent to a GS-13/14)

This position is located in the National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS), Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division (SMCD) and is for one vacancy located in College Park, MD.


  • Implement operational plans for the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) to assume responsibility for Radio Occultation (RO) data product science.
  • Coordinate with international partners to transition multiple Radio Occultation (RO) sources into NOAA operations and leads the planning of various numerical weather prediction experiments.
  • Determine atmospheric profiles through Radio Occultation data.
  • Report the impacts from Radio Occultation data assimilation on global medium-range weather forecast skill improvements.

    Further information can be found here

    Graduate Funding for National Science Foundation Research- Virginia Commonwealth University

    "I am accepting applications for a funded graduate student research assistantship through a National Science Foundation research project on maritime shipping risks (pollution externalities, safety, etc) and policy instruments to mitigate these risks in the Arctic. Research will be conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with possibility of travel to collect data and present research at professional meetings. The selected student has a choice of enrolling in interdisciplinary an PhD degree program in Business through the Economics Department or Environmental Studies in Life Sciences at VCU. The selected student will complete their M.S. in Economics or Environmental Studies as part of the interdisciplinary PhD. The position includes tuition, a 9-month academic year base stipend, additional summer stipend, and health insurance. The start date for this position is late May 2018. Qualifications: The successful applicant must hold a bachelor's degree (and a Master's degree enabling their registration in the PhD program). Students must have formal preparation in economics and quantitative methods including applied mathematics and/or simulation modeling, statistics to succeed in the program's courses of microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, econometrics, environmental economics, and ecological-economic modeling. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in developing modeling skills and those with a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary ecological-economic modeling, dynamic programming and environmental and natural resource economics (e.g., through undergraduate research). Students with additional backgrounds (proficiency in statistical and modeling programs (Stata or SAS, Matlab,Mathematica, Python) as well as experience in organizing, cleaning, and analyzing data) are encouraged to apply. To Apply: Please send the following to Dr. Linda Fernandez by email ( (1) Cover letter describing your interest and prior experience relevant for the research topic; (2) your CV indicating scholarly, extracurricular, and work experiences; (3) Contact information for three academic or professional references; and (4) Copy of all undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable), GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable). Applications will be reviewed on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Fernandez with questions."

    Vacancy Announcement: Physical Oceanography Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Alaska Fairbanks

    An adventurous post-doctoral researcher is sought to lead an Arctic research project that will improve understanding of Bering Strait region coastal systems and their connections to offshore marine waters. Joining the strengths of two 100-year-old institutions, this position will work in close collaboration with both the National Park Service ( and the University of Alaska Fairbanks ( The position is designed to provide coastal physical oceanography expertise to National Park Service studies in Alaska and technical assistance for coastal physical issues nationally. For further details, see the full job announcement

    Postdoctoral Associate Position in Interdisciplinary Coastal and Environmental Engineering University of Florida

    A postdoctoral position is available in the Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics Group at Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) at University of Florida, Gainesville. The successful candidate will collaborate with Drs Angelini and Sheremet working on a number of interdisciplinary projects that investigate the effect of human impacts on estuarine hydrodynamics, sediment transport, habitat loss, and ecosystem services. Similar to many other developed coastal regions around the world, ship, boat and watercraft traffic is increasing in typically low energy estuarine environments in Florida, driving the erosion of intertidal marshes and reefs and loss of their valuable services.

    We are seeking a candidate interested in working with an interdisciplinary research team of PIs, graduate students and undergraduates on this topic. The successful candidate will have experience and interest in the maintenance and field deployment of hydrodynamic instruments (e.g. ADCP, PCADP, pressure sensors), in developing novel data analysis methods, and in model development and application. Experience working at the interface of hydrodynamics and ecology and environmental engineering will be considered an advantage. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the option of extending it, based on performance.

    To apply, please contact Dr Angelini ( or Dr Sheremet ( In your application, please include a cover letter, CV, brief research statement, and a list of references. The search will remain open until the position is filled. University of Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

    Tenure-track professor position (Climate modelling)

    The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a government and research organization providing national weather and climate services, with extensive research activities in the following fields: atmospheric sciences including numerical weather prediction, air quality and climate change; marine research; polar research; and space research. There are currently 360 members of research staff at FMI; 20 professors, and more than 150 Ph.D. level scientists.

    FMI has introduced a tenure track programme for service and research personnel, intending to provide a consistent competitive and attractive career path. FMI seeks talented, motivated academics who have completed their doctoral degree- within the last ten years, and have since accrued academic and other relevant qualifications. Successful applicants will be employed as tenure track professors. The duration of the initial employment contract is three to five years, depending on the background and experience of the appointee. Continuation on a second fixed-term contract depends on successful fulfilment of predefined criteria; after which a permanent position as research professor may be offered. Academic qualifications and experience will be considered. Additional merit will be given for demonstrating the ability to acquire research funding, utilization of research in the development of services, working abroad, and international exposure.

    FMI is now announcing an open tenure-track position in Climate modelling. The tenure-track professor is expected to take a leading role in modelling of climate and the Earth System at FMI. FMI is currently involved in the modelling work using EC-Earth model. FMI is participating in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 6 (CMIP6). Requirements - candidates must have  Doctoral degree in atmospheric science or related subjects  Experience and merits in climate modelling research  Experience and merits in scientific publishing about climate modelling  Knowledge on computer environments and algorithms used in climate modelling Advantages  Experience and skills in international networking and collaboration in the field of climate modelling  Experience and merits in applying and obtaining research funding and good knowledge of various funding instruments  Experience and merits in leading research work and supervising researchers

    The position will be located in Helsinki and work will begin in February 2018 or as agreed. Salary is 4500-6000 € per month, based on the FMI salary system and determined from the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Further information may be obtained from Professor, Chief Scientist Ari Laaksonen,, or tel. +358-40-5137900. Applications should be sent to (Application ID number: 31-173-2017) by 21 December 2017 at 12 (EET). Applications must include the following, written in English: CV, list of publications, summary of previous experience and merit addressing the skills required for the theme selected, and any supplementary material relevant to the application. In addition, applicants are expected to provide a statement (max. two pages, in English) describing how they intend to develop the research in their chosen field, if appointed.