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Postdoctoral position in Volcanic Aerosol Modeling, Washington DC

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)
Postdoc & Early Career

The Department of Environmental Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University seeks a full-time research fellow in the fields of atmospheric aerosol modeling. The research fellow will join the NASA-sponsored project “Tracking volcanic gases from magma reservoir to the atmosphere: identifying precursors and optimizing models and satellite observations for future major eruptions”. Within this project, the research fellow will work on characterizing the role of volcanic ash in the development of mixed ash/sulfate plumes in the NASA GEOS Earth System Model using satellite and in-situ observations, as well as the output of a plume model.

Responsibilities: Specific duties of the position include:

- Model development and implementation in FORTRAN and Python.

- Use of remote sensing data.

- Analysis of climate model output.

- Presentation of results at scientific meetings and publication in scientific journals

- Mentoring of graduate and/or undergraduate students.

This is a 1-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding. The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be based at American University in Washington, DC and will be supervised by Dr. Valentina Aquila.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in atmospheric science, geology, geoscience, geography, environmental engineering, physics, or another field relevant to aerosol and/or volcanic plume modeling at the time of the start of the position. Highly qualified applicants with a master’s degree and at least two years of relevant experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate an academic record of independent research and a strong interest in interdisciplinary studies, as well as the ability to take initiative and work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team. Strong programming skills are essential.

The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please visit the website for more information on how to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Program Dates: 1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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American University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Sciences

Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric Physics
Climate Modeling
Volcanic Hazards

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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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