Postdoctoral Research in Western North American Paleohydroclimatology


We have a new position for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the area of Common Era paleohydroclimatology. The postdoctoral researcher will work on NSF-funded research integrating high-resolution paleoclimate data with climate model simulations of past snow variability and related climate fields in western North America. Possible projects could include: climate field reconstructions; proxy-model integration and comparison; paleoclimate modeling; data assimilation. We seek a dynamic early career scientist with background and experience in one or more of the following areas: Late Holocene paleoclimatology, dendroclimatology, dendrohydrology, climate modeling, climate dynamics, applied mathematics or statistics, paleoclimate data assimilation. Potential starting dates are between January 2019 and July 2019, and candidates should have their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences, climatology, geography, or geosciences) by the start of the position. Programming experience (Python, MATLAB, R, or similar) is required. Prior experience using large spatiotemporal datasets - including those from climate model simulations - is recommended. Some prior experience developing new proxy data is desirable but is not required. The postdoctoral scientist is expected to be an active and engaged member of the Past Landscapes Lab.

The postdoctoral research scientist will be based at the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and by supervised by Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis (University of Arizona) and Dr. Bethany Coulthard (University of Nevada Las Vegas). The postdoctoral research scientist would join a strong and diverse cross-campus research community with interest in climate, paleoclimate, and global environmental change. The initial appointment with be for up to 24 months, with the possibility of further continuation contingent on performance and funding availability.

Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Past Landscapes Lab supports Inclusive Excellence, the University of Arizona strategic initiative designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness. The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

The job will be officially posted and application available in September. Please contact Kevin Anchukaitis () with expressions of interest or for further information.


Other Postdoctoral Scholar and Fellow Opportunities


While the University of Arizona currently has only a few institution-level postdoctoral fellowships, if you are interested in preparing NOAA, NSF, NASA, or other postdoctoral fellowship applications to come to the University of Arizona, please contact me to discuss options. We welcome postdoctoral scientists broadly interested in working on research questions related to late Holocene paleoenvironment.

Our lab's NOAA Climate and Global Change host description is here.

If you have a Ph.D. in Geography (or anticipate completing your Ph.D. in the coming year), you may want to consider the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at NSF SBE. The application deadline is October 9th, 2018. Please contact me if you're interested in submitting a proposal to join our lab and the School of Geography and Development as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

If you have a Ph.D. in the Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric, or Environmental Sciences, you may want to consider the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from NSF AGS or the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from NSF EAR.


Graduate Student Opportunities


Potential Masters and Ph.D. students interested in coming to the University of Arizona for dendrochronology, paleoclimatology (especially high resolution paleoclimatology), earth systems geography, proxy system modeling, climate field reconstructions, climate model/data intercomparisons, and/or radiocarbon are encouraged to contact me [] about potential opportunities.

Our lab's research interests include: drought and temperature variability in time and space over the last 2 millennia, large-scale spatiotemporal reconstructions of past climates using multiple proxies and various statistical techniques, the use of proxy system and general circulation models to understand and interpret paleoclimate proxies and past climates, the cause and consequences of extreme events in the paleoclimate record, coastal dendrochronology, tropical dendrochronology in Asia and the Americas, stable isotope geochemistry, and the interaction between past civilizations, climate, and environmental change.

We're particularly interested in welcoming new students and postdocs with an interest in one or more of the following:

  • Large-scale quantitative reconstructions of past temperature and hydroclimate (drought, snow, and rainfall) using tree-rings or other proxies
  • Building new tree-ring chronologies for reconstructions of temperature, precipitation, drought, and other climate metrics over the Common Era
  • Research integrating paleoclimate reconstructions with historical and archaeological sources to better understand the interactions and feedbacks between coupled human and natural systems in the past, present, and future
  • Tropical dendrochronology, particularly in Central America and throughout Neotropics
  • Quantitative climate model comparisons or assimilations with paleoclimate data and reconstructions for better understanding climate dynamics and for evaluating models
  • Proxy systems modeling
  • Stable and radiogenic isotope dendrochronology
  • Paleoclimate dynamics using the combined power of paleoclimate proxies and models, including the connection between climate and ecological processes (productivity, fire, forest dynamics), understanding large-scale modes of climate variability, and using networks of proxies to understand past ocean-atmosphere variability.

Graduate school application deadlines are in earliest January of each year for autumn admissions. I mentor and advise students in Geography, as well as the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. More information on the graduate program (including admissions requirements and deadlines) in Geography is available here (Masters) and here (PhD). Under certain circumstances, I may also mentor and advise students in Geosciences. Please contact me for more information about the application process for these departments.