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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grant-Funded)

Spelman College
Job Location:
Atlanta, 30314
Astronomy and Astrophysics

Position Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grant-Funded)

Position Summary

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in quantifying the probability of compound extreme events using joint and conditional probability approaches. This position will also evaluate both historical data and future climate scenarios to analyze changing risk of extreme events and compound extremes across the USA and a selected partner country. This will make use of four novel methods to assess and illustrate risk. Observational datasets obtained from NASA products (GISS Surface Temperature Analysis, Precipitation data from the GPM and TRMM, CHIRPS, CHIRTS, DayMet) will be used for analysis.

This is a grant-funded position with a current anticipated end date of September 15, 2024.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluates both historical data and future climate scenarios to analyze changing risk of extreme events and compound extremes across the USA and a selected partner country.
  • Develops and applies innovative statistical approaches for assessing changes in precipitation extremes and their underlying physical causes.
  • Presents research findings at professional conferences.
  • Performs the research required by the faculty supervisor to a high standard and in accordance with all institutional and federal regulations.
  • Works in a collegial and cooperative manner with the faculty supervisor and other co-workers.

Required Qualifications

PhD required, preferably in meteorology, atmospheric or climate sciences. Experience studying climate variability and change. Excellent data analysis, statistical analysis, and data visualization skills required. Must possess excellent programming skills in several languages (R being preferred). Must possess a high level of productivity for peer-reviewed publications is expected.

Preferred Qualifications


Certifications, Licenses, Restrictions


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms; and use hands to prepare experiments, handle lab equipment, talk and hear, and to operate computer. The employee is frequently required to: walk and stand. The employee is occasionally required to: lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision requirements for this job include the ability to adjust focus as necessary.

Full Time/Part Time: Full-time

Posting Number: SC0646P

Open Until Filled: Yes

COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol

Due to the heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the spread of variants, Spelman College requires up to date COVID-19 vaccination of all faculty, staff, and students (collectively "Campus Community") that have job duties, attend classes, or are otherwise present on campus. You will need to submit proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination: full vaccination and a booster (when eligible) or a single dose of the bivalent vaccine) prior to your first day on campus or you may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement by providing the necessary documentation to: Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID-19 Operations, at Upon receiving your Spelman Technology log-in credentials, please keep your vaccination or exemptions records up-to-date using  Etrieve.
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