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NEW POSTING

Date posted: Jan. 31, 2018

Posting close date: Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

PCIC is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Scientist. 

The Postdoctoral Scientist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to study scaling relationships for extreme precipitation in mid-latitude climates, including areas with complex topography, such as the Canadian western cordillera. This postdoctoral position is part of the pan-Canadian Global Water Futures (GWF) research program, led by the University of Saskatchewan, which aims to place Canada as a global leader in water science for the world’s cold regions and to address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures. The position will contribute to the recently funded GWF Pillar 1 project entitled “Short-duration precipitation extremes in future climate” (Yanping Li, PI), which seeks to improve the understanding of the physical processes affecting the precipitation extremes for short (sub-daily) accumulation periods and their possible changes – information that is critical for many GWF users. The work also feeds into the GWF Pillar 3 “Climate Related Precipitation Extremes” project (Stewart and Zwiers, Co-PIs), which is strongly user focused.

The Postdoctoral Scientist will undertake basic and applied research to improve our understanding of extreme precipitation scaling relationships. The scientific objectives for this position will be attained using observational data from multiple sources and regional and global climate model output at spatial resolutions ranging from convection permitting (1-4 km resolution), to regional (10-50 km), to global (>25 km). One objective for the position will be to evaluate the physical realism of model simulated sub-daily precipitation extremes at different spatial scales and to determine whether there are robust relationships between precipitation extremes at different spatial scales. A second objective for the position will be to clarify the relationship between intra-annual temperature scaling for sub-daily precipitation extremes (so-called binning scaling) and inter-annual temperature scaling (trend scaling), and to identify the impacts of dynamical changes and variability on both types of scaling. PCIC offers a positive, supportive and collegial work environment that promotes collaboration and excellence. As a user and stakeholder driven organization, PCIC requires that candidates be able to flexibly adapt their research objectives to changing organizational and stakeholder priorities and needs. See the full job posting for further information.

Application: Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, and three professional references to Francis Zwiers, climate@uvic.ca, with “ATTN: Postdoctoral Scientist” in the subject line. Please indicate whether you are legally able to work in Canada. Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

PCIC is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Scientist. 

The Postdoctoral Scientist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to study extreme precipitation and how it might change in mid- to high-latitude regions such as Canada.  This postdoctoral position is part of the pan-Canadian Global Water Futures (GWF) research program, led by the University of Saskatchewan, which aims to place Canada as a global leader in water science for the world’s cold regions and to address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures. The position will contribute to the recently funded GWF Pillar 1 project entitled “Short-duration precipitation extremes in future climate” (Yanping Li, PI), which seeks to improve the understanding of the physical processes affecting the precipitation extremes for short (sub-daily) accumulation periods and their possible changes – information that is critical for many GWF users. The work also feeds into the GWF Pillar 3 “Climate Related Precipitation Extremes” project (Stewart and Zwiers, Co-PIs), which is strongly user focused.

The Postdoctoral Scientist will examine the changes of convective mechanisms that are related to the development of MCSs, how these processes are parameterized in the current Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model microphysics schemes. The Postdoctoral Scientist will also examine how the properties of storms including maximum precipitation rate, precipitation efficiency, life-time and spatial size may change, and the relationships between large-scale circulation and mesoscale dynamics in the context of future storms. The Postdoctoral Scientist will need to design and carry out idealized WRF simulations to model the full three-dimensional (3-D) dynamics of clouds to isolate aspects that may respond to warming more strongly. The Postdoctoral Scientist will work with the GWF core atmospheric modelling group, in collaboration with the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), to support the development of continental-scale high resolution (<=4km) atmospheric modelling of historical climate and future warming, using the WRF model. In Pseudo Global Warming mode bounded by a perturbed reanalysis model dataset, the WRF runs will provide a dynamically downscaled future climate that includes convective storms. Multi-model simulations with lower resolution RCMs (CRCM5, CanRCM4) runs will provide additional context of model and scenario uncertainty. PCIC offers a positive, supportive and collegial work environment that promotes collaboration and excellence. As a user and stakeholder driven organization, PCIC requires that candidates be able to flexibly adapt their research objectives to changing organizational and stakeholder priorities and needs. See the full job posting for further information.

Application: Please send your application including a cover letter explaining your motivation, a CV, and contact details for three academic references to Dr. Yanping Li , yanping.li@usask.ca. Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.