Opportunities

A new research partnership on monsoon precipitation

A new multi-institutional effort to improve understanding and prediction of monsoon rainfall will launch in Fall 2018. This effort is a partnership between William Boos at UC Berkeley, Travis O’Brien at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Paul Ullrich at UC Davis. Multiple job opportunities are available across several projects, in addition to traditional graduate student positions.

Postdoctoral scientist: Extreme events in the North American and Asian monsoons

The research group of William Boos at UC Berkeley is seeking a postdoctoral scientist with expertise in using statistical models to understand and/or predict weather and climate. Candidates from a broad range of backgrounds will be considered, including those coming from the field of statistics with little experience in the earth sciences. The position is part of a new project aimed at understanding the causes of extreme rainfall in the North American and South Asian monsoons, and developing process-based statistical projections of variations in these extremes.

The appointment will be in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley with an initial term of one year and the expectation that progress would merit reappointment for a second year or more. A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field is required by the start date. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package and a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Applications received by October 1, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Applications and questions regarding the position can be directed to William Boos at william.boos@berkeley.edu. Complete applications include a cover letter, CV, and brief (1 page) statement of research interests; references will be requested at a later stage in the process. Informal inquiries are welcome, although we do not have the capacity to respond to all queries.

Postdoctoral scientist: India’s Monsoon Mission

The research group of William Boos at UC Berkeley is seeking a postdoctoral scientist with expertise in statistics and atmospheric dynamics. Candidates from a broad range of backgrounds will be considered, including those coming from the field of statistics with little experience in the earth sciences. The position is part of a new project funded by India’s Monsoon Mission titled “Dynamical metrics for predicting genesis and growth of monsoon low pressure systems”. The project aims to improve understanding and predictions of transient vortices in the South Asian monsoon, the precipitation extremes they produce, and their interaction with the seasonal-mean, continental-scale monsoon flow.

The appointment will be in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley with an initial term of one year and the expectation that progress would merit reappointment for a second year or more. A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field is required by the start date. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package and a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Applications received by October 1, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Applications and questions regarding the position can be directed to William Boos at william.boos@berkeley.edu. Complete applications include a cover letter, CV, and brief (1 page) statement of research interests; references will be requested at a later stage in the process. Informal inquiries are welcome, although we do not have the capacity to respond to all queries.

Developer/Programmer

The research group of William Boos at UC Berkeley seeks a developer or programmer to support new efforts to analyze and predict tropical precipitation. The position will involve the creation of new algorithms, the management of large atmospheric and hydrologic datasets, and the production of web content. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a scientific or technical field is preferred.

The position will be in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package and a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Applications received by October 1, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the position can be directed to William Boos at william.boos@berkeley.edu. Complete applications include a cover letter and a CV/resume; references will be requested at a later stage in the process. Informal inquiries are welcome, although we do not have the capacity to respond to all queries.

Graduate student positions

One or two graduate student positions will be available in the research group of William Boos at UC Berkeley, with start dates in Fall 2019. These positions are not tied to the particular projects described above, and candidates are encouraged to think broadly and ambitiously about possible thesis topics. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for admission to the doctoral program of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science.