Assistant Project Scientist in Atmospheric Science
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Assistant Project Scientist - Atmospheric Science

Job #JPF02252
  • Earth Research Institute / Office of Research / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Project Scientist
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Spring 2023
Position duration: 2 years from the start date

Application Window

Open date: August 31, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

A two-year position as an Assistant Project Scientist is available in the Earth Research Institute and Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The successful candidate will participate in research projects led by Professor Charles Jones ( The projects seek to: 1) The candidate will analyze reanalyses and CMIP6 model data to perform multivariate statistical analyses to understand the nature of changes in extreme fire-weather behavior in recent years. In addition, the candidate will design and carry on intermediate complex climate models to investigate mechanisms associated with climate change and extreme fire weather behavior; 2) Carry out modeling studies to investigate anthropogenic and natural variability forcings of climate change and extreme fire weather in California; 3) Develop research products to improve the monitoring and predictability of extreme fire weather in California; 4) Investigate mechanisms associated with downslope windstorms and interactions extreme fire weather behavior in California.

The initial appointment is for two years. The anticipated start date will be Spring 2023.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a PhD in atmospheric sciences or a closely related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • A minimum of 2 years of Postdoctoral experience
  • Candidates need to have a minimum of 2 years of experience in analyzing large data sets of global and regional model simulations demonstrated by publications and data management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in using machine learning algorithms applied to geoscience investigations demonstrated by publications and algorithms examples.
  • Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years experience working independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
Preferred qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in statistical analyses
  • Weather Research and Forecasting model
  • Complex and intermediate complexity models
  • Linux environment and programming skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills demonstrated in peer review publications and presentations in professional conferences
  • Experience in IDL, Python, NCL, Matlab and/or FORTRAN

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • One Publication Example
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide a name and email address for each reference. The references of the top finalists may be contacted following the interview process.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara County, CA

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