Geophysical Institute - Climate Variability Post Doc

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Geophysical Institute (GI) and the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are seeking applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellow in climate variability/dynamics. The successful candidate will be part of an exciting collaboration between Alaska EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research; and the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC; This position is affiliated with the GI's Atmospheric Science Group ( and with the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), where AK CASC is located.


100The postdoc fellow will work on investigating the predictability of summer fire weather conditions using observational data as part of the of the Alaska EPSCoR project. Duties include working with the project team on climate dynamics research, co-production of knowledge, and publishing.Essential

EPSCoR ( is a $20 million, 5-year National Science Foundation cooperative agreement that supports interdisciplinary research to build capacity in the State of Alaska. The project is titled “Fire and Ice: Navigating Variability in Boreal Wildfire Regimes and Subarctic Coastal Ecosystems” and includes a significant research effort to develop seasonal outlooks based on weather/climate and wildland fuel conditions. 

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC; is one of 8 regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers ( that provide managers of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems with the tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources. Hosted by UAF with a USGS hosted office in Anchorage, AK CASC provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers in Alaska and others interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate change.

This postdoctoral fellowship provides an opportunity to co-produce actionable science that addresses the growing needs of the Alaska wildland fire management community. The successful candidate will conduct cutting-edge climate variability research relevant to understanding the predictability of summer fire weather in Alaska. We seek candidates with a strong research publication record, excellent communication skills, ability to work on team-science, and data analysis skills (e.g., ability to write codes for analyzing climate data), and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team setting.


  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative methods
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse settings and with a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and reliability
  • An ability to contribute to scholarly publications
  • Strong interpersonal communication (oral and written)
  • Climate modeling experience is preferred
  • Experience in working with large data sets
  • Experience in project management.

Required Education and Experience:

Ph.D. degree in atmospheric or oceanic sciences, climate dynamics, or a related discipline at the time of hiring. A background in Climate Data analysis. A strong background in Arctic climate is desirable.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 9/30/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 10/1/2020. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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