Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/24/2022

Requisition Number PRN31113B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00109 - Atmospheric Sciences

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 50000 to 65000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah has a Postdoctoral Scholar position available to join our research team focused on understanding the carbon cycle of mountainous regions of the Western U.S., as part of a NASA -funded Carbon Monitoring System project. The research team includes researchers from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah, Caltech, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Key research tools include satellite-observed solar-induced fluorescence ( SIF ), the Community Land Model ( CLM ), and the Data Assimilation Research Testbed ( DART ). There will be opportunities to work with students and scientists across multiple universities and research institutions, as well as opportunities to engage stakeholders about the scientific results.

About Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is the “crossroads of the West” with exceptional quality of life opportunities. Within an hour of the city there are 7 ski resorts, wilderness trailheads, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, and endless hiking trails. Within a five hour drive there are 7 National Parks, rafting, canyoneering, and more. Salt Lake City has a vibrant concert scene, many museums, and the state capitol is just a few miles from the University of Utah.


A Ph.D. in the geosciences or related fields (atmospheric sciences, biology, ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, chemistry, statistics, data sciences, computer sciences, engineering or other STEM field) is required at the time of hire. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to carry out computer modeling, conduct data analyses, and communicate results in peer-reviewed literature and presentations.



Responsibilities for this position include:

- Analyses of satellite and ground-based observations

- Data assimilation of aforementioned observations with the Community Land Model ( CLM )

- Critical evaluation of model output

- Communicate results in peer-reviewed literature, in conference presentations, and to stakeholders.

The position will be funded for one year from the date of hire with a second year of funding contingent on performance. The position will be available beginning August 1, 2022 and will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications



Experience with carbon cycle or land surface modeling and computer programming in a Linux or UNIX environment (R or Python, shell scripts, Fortran) is strongly desired.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

Provide contact information for four references who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation. You do not need to include the letters with your application. We will request letters from your references if you are a finalist for this position.

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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