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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Earth and Planetary Science - 49889 in St. Louis, Missouri

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Work will take place remotely as long as COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Partial remote work thereafter can be discussed.

Essential Functions


The Washington University Climate and Paleoclimate Laboratory seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher in paleoclimate modeling and data-model comparison of the Earth’s tropical regions.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in paleoclimatology, with a specific focus on paleoclimate modeling and data-model comparison. The successful applicant will contribute to a new, collaborative, NSF-funded project investigating the drivers of Central American paleoclimate on glacial/interglacial timescales, including changes in atmospheric transport and moisture source variability and their relationship to large-scale dynamics. The successful candidate will analyze existing simulations from the isotope-enabled NASA GISS ModelE2.1-R and tagged-water experiments with iCESM, and compare results with new 400 kyr records from Lake Petén Itzá, Guatemala. (Click here for NSF abstract) The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be based at Washington University, but will collaborate closely with grant partners at University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

In addition to this specific project, the candidate will also have opportunities to further explore hydroclimate and water isotope variations in the tropical Americas or elsewhere (on glacial/interglacial or other timescales) by analyzing existing model runs or running new simulations, depending on interests and experience. Possible projects include, but are not limited to, investigating moisture source variability to the Warm Pool, the Amazon, and central Africa during the Last Glacial Maximum or during the Last Millennium. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their interests in their application.

The successful candidate will join Washington University’s Climate and Paleoclimate Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Bronwen Konecky, and will interact closely with other group members, students, and collaborators. Postdocs at Washington University receive a competitive benefits package and plentiful opportunities for professional and career development through the department, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Washington University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (https://postdoc.wustl.edu/).

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in earth sciences, atmospheric sciences, or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Experience working with climate model output.
  • General familiarity with paleoclimate data and/or proxies.
  • Strong interest in hydroclimatology, and/or tropical climate dynamics.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with either paleo or modern water isotopic data is helpful.
  • Preferred programming languages include Matlab, R, Python, or NCL.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

To apply to this posting, fill out the online application and submit a CV, cover letter explaining research interests, and the names and contact information of three references as an attachment with your online application.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Bronwen Konecky at bkonecky@wustl.edu with any questions.

This position is open to be filled immediately, but the start date is flexible (Spring or early Summer 2021 preferred). Work will take place remotely as long as COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Partial remote work thereafter can be discussed.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Earth and Planetary Science - 49889

Job ID: 49889

Location: School of Arts & Sciences

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular